Award-winning dancer and choreographer Camille A. Brown and former longtime White Plains School Superintendent Saul Yanofsky will be honored during the Friends of White Plains Youth Bureau’s 9th Annual Dance Benefit, scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 25 at the White Plains Performing Arts Center.
Featuring performances by a number of dance troupes from the region, proceeds benefit more than 50 programs offered by the Youth Bureau for young people in the city. Participants include the White Plains Youth Bureau Dancers, the O’Rourke Irish Dancers, the Keen Dance Theater, Mr. Aubrey’s Show Kids, Pride Xtreme, Addie-Tude, and the Steffie Nossen School for Dance. All of the peformers are donating their time and talent.
Brown, the program’s artistic honoree, will perform her acclaimed solo from “Secured Feminine” at the Benefit. A graduate of the University of North Caroline School of Arts, she received the International Association of Blacks in Dance Founders Award last year and was the City College of New York’s Woman and Culture Award winner in 2012. Other honors include the Princess Grace Award for choreography and the Mariam McGlone Emerging Choreographer Award from Wesleyan University.
Yanofsky, assistant dean for academic affairs at Westchester Community College, spent 20 years as an administrator at the White Plains School District as special assistant to the superintendent, assistant superintendent and finally superintendent. Yanofsky implemented a nationally-recognized parents’ elementary school choice program that balances racial and ethnic balance in the schools and promotes students’ understanding, appreciation, and acceptance of people from different racial, ethnic, social, and cultural backgrounds. In his current position he is working to strengthen connections between the college and public school districts in the lower Hudson Valley.
Brown and Yanofsky will bot be honored during the program and afterward, at a VIP reception.
Tickets for the benefit are on sale at the White Plains Performing Arts Center and at the Youth Bureau. Premium tickets are $100 and include admission to the reception. Tickets for the performance only are $50 and $30. Call 914-835-3986 for more information.