Bad Dancing Saves Lives

Text on poster: Bad dancing saves lives.

(Tinley Park, IL) – This October, during Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), the Crisis Center for South Suburbia (CCSS) will Light Up the Night with their inaugural Dance 4 Awareness (D4A) event on October 29 from 4-10pm.  The fundraiser will be the culmination of a month-long campaign to bring light to the issue of domestic violence and its impact on our community.  Individuals and teams of all levels and abilities are invited to dance in this energetic club-like event in order to raise awareness and funds to help end domestic abuse.

The event, held at Moraine Valley Community College, will include four dance theme hours played out by Chicago’s DJ John Herrera.  Local dance instructors Matt Smigaj, Denise Camin, Dawn and the Dancin’ Deevas, and Momentum Dance Studio will kick off each hour by performing and teaching moves in the genre. Dancers will then be invited out on the floor for open dance and to break out their best moves for dance contests to close out each hour.  A Halloween costume contest, raffles, and more will keep the energy of the evening going.

For those with two left feet who are hesitant to participate, Kerri Twietmeyer, D4A committee member assures them, “We won’t judge. It’s DV Awareness month and we’re all getting out of our comfort zone to help save a life. Whether that’s saying something to a friend who is in a rough situation, calling the CCSS hotline to make a counseling appointment for yourself or…dancing at our Dance 4 Awareness on October 29th, we’re all in this together to see lives changed.”

Admission for the event is $25.  Dancers and team supporters who raise $175 or more in donations per dancer will receive an all-access pass to event dance floor for all 6 hours, two each of food and drink tickets, a D4A T-Shirt and goody bag, and a personalized online fundraising page. Proceeds from the event go toward services and education programs offered by CCSS. Donations are tax deductible.  For those not raising funds, time on the dance floor can be purchased for $10 per theme hour.  Food, beverages and concessions will also be available for purchase.  For more information or to register visit

A special thank you to Exelon, Accord Carton Co., Rotary Club of Tinley Park and Frankort, and the myriad of other companies who have shown their care and support through sponsorship of the event.

D4A is about coming together as a community to shed light on the topic of domestic violence and the resources available through the Crisis Center.  Join the movement and Light Up the Night in honor of victims and survivors who have endured the darkness of abuse in their lives.  Take a stand this October.  Get involved and make a difference for someone in need of hope.

For more information about the Dance 4 Awareness or to register your support please visit or For sponsorship or detailed information please contact Special Events Coordinator, Chris Beele at or 708-429-7255 ext. 118


The Crisis Center for South Suburbia’s mission is to provide emergency shelter and other essential services for individuals and families victimized by domestic violence and address the societal issues that contribute to domestic violence. For more information please contact CCSS at 708-429-7233 or