Help turn EveryTown orange… June 2 for Hadiya

Our daughter, Hadiya, was the light of our life — and she shined even brighter after performing with her marching band at President Obama’s inauguration in 2013.Everytown for Gun Safety 

We never imagined that one week later, she would be murdered with a gun — shot at a park near her school in Chicago.

Hadiya’s high school classmates will be graduating next month. While Hadiya won’t get to walk across that stage, her friends are all going to wear orange on June 2 in her honor — and to inspire action to stop the gun violence that takes too many lives in this country. We’re writing to ask for your help.

Pledge to wear orange on June 2 and show that you’re one of the millions of Americans who believes we must do more to end gun violence in our country. People from all over the country will come together online and in person to declare June 2 National Gun Violence Awareness Day

Wear Orange on June 2: Take the Pledge

Hadiya’s friends chose the color orange because it symbolizes the value of human life. Hunters wear orange to alert other hunters that they’re there. It is a way to take care of their own life and the lives of others.

For us, it also represents the enormous potential that is lost when a young person like Hadiya is killed. By wearing orange, we reaffirm the right of every American to live a life free from gun violence.

This day is especially close to our hearts because June 2 would have also been Hadiya’s 18th birthday. We’ll be wearing orange to honor Hadiya and all the love and joy she brought to our community here in Chicago.

Please join us in wearing orange for your loved ones, your city, and our country.

Click below to automatically fill out your pledge, and you’ll receive a reminder to wear orange on June 2 for National Gun Violence Awareness Day: violence touches every corner of America. We don’t have to live in a country where shootings happen every day. If we all stand up together and demand change, we will succeed.

Thank you for being part of this movement with us.


Nate and Cleo Pendleton

Cleo and Nate Pendleton

As a movement of Americans fighting for common-sense gun policies, we depend on contributions from supporters like you to fund important work to reduce gun violence.

SWAY June 5 & 6, 2015 ::::Read through the info for special offers ::::

Thank you so much for your interest in SWAY: A Dance Trilogy. Without fans like you, who truly appreciate good dancing, we would never be able to create such a production.

SWAY is coming back this summer on June 5th and 6th with three spectacular shows. We will have a Friday evening show (7:30PM), Saturday matinee show (1:00PM) and a Saturday evening show (7:30PM).
It will take place in one of New York Cities finest theaters, the Hammerstein Ballroom.
For those of you who have never been, Hammerstein is a beautiful 12000 square foot, 3 level theater with a capacity of 2200 people and a 32 foot stage.

We are still finalizing details regarding cast and choreography, but we are certain that we are bringing back Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani, and Valentin Chmerkovskiy to this run of SWAY. We have also confirmed some of your favorite lead dancers such as Ilya Vinikovskiy, Vlad Kvartin, Alex Samusevich, and Teresa Garcia.
You know we’re always trying to make each SWAY better than the last, and we are aiming to feature another star-studded cast while making improvements and additions to the choreography. We’re also superstitious and don’t want to make any promises until everything is finalized, but you certainly will not be disappointed.

Tickets will go on sale officially on March 16th, but we are doing a private pre-sale through our studios for our #DWMFAM members. If you are interested in purchasing tickets before they go on sale to the public please provide us with your best contact number and a dedicated SWAY representative will get back to you as soon as possible.

There will be an exclusive meet and greet after each show for Premium VIP Orchestra ticket holders as well as the Official SWAY Afterparty with the entire cast and all the stars for any VIP ticket holders. Meet and greet tickets and after party tickets can be purchased separately, but there is limited availability due to capacity restrictions.
Ticket prices start as low as $69. For your convenience the link to the seating chart is with all price levels. Please let us know the tier of seats that you are interested in.

We hope you can make it to this fantastic production, and share the joyful celebration of dancing that is SWAY.
One more thing, if you live in the Tri-State and have never taken any dance lessons at Dance With Me Studios we will give you a complimentary introductory lesson at a studio of your choice. Don’t miss out on this special opportunity.

Sincerely,Sway Management

Join us June 4: Luncheon at the Westin ~~ RSVP

Join the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility for our 3rd Annual Luncheon: June 4, 12:00pm , The Westin Hotel , 1900 5th Ave, Seattle

Kayaktivists & A Global Movement

Help stop Arctic drilling. Donate Today.
(Images from the #PaddleinSeattle protest) 

Let’s keep this momentum going. Help even the odds to stop Arctic drilling!Donate Today!

by Annie Leonard, Greenpeace

The global movement stop Arctic drilling has taken a giant leap forward in the last few weeks. So much has happened it’s hard to even know where to even begin!

But I want to start with saying “THANK YOU.” Everything I am about to tell you was only possible because of the courage and support of the people like you who make up this movement.

When we started this, we knew it would be a challenge. Arctic drilling off the coast of Alaska was seen as a done deal. To stop Arctic drilling we need a movement.

And that’s what you are — you are part of a movement, and it’s clear you’re doing something right.

For months now, the people of Seattle have been making noise around Shell’s plan to use the Port of Seattle as a homebase for its Arctic drilling operations. Hundreds of people gave impassioned, intelligent, and sometimes musical testimonies at Port Commission hearings, over a thousand people marched in the street to oppose Shell’s plans, and activists “unwelcomed” Shell’s rigs on the water as they came into port.

On Tuesday, May 12 things really started to heat up when The New York Times published a series of articles and opinion pieces about Shell’s plans to drill in the Arctic. Going as far as linking President Obama’s legacy on climate to Arctic drilling. Even the satirical news website The Onion got into the action.

The furor over Arctic drilling reached such a fever pitch that two days later President Obama himself felt he needed to directly respond from his retreat at Camp David and defend his decision to allow Shell to drill.

Amazing! It was the millions of petition signatures, thousands of actions and years of dedication from people like you that made this moment possible.

It didn’t end there.

Last weekend in Seattle, I joined thousands of people for the #PaddleinSeattle protest — with 500 kayaks out on the water, led by several indigenous Canoe Families and accompanied by a couple of odd-shaped houseboats, a sailboat, a very brave swimmer, and a giant musical solar-powered barge known as the Solar Pioneer.

It was a truly inspiring display of opposition that received media coverage around the world and in almost every major newspaper in the country via the Associated Press story. The event left Shell with no doubt about the scale of resistance to its plans to drill in the Arctic this summer.

We’re not letting up. There will be more to come this week and throughout the rest of the summer. If it’s the “People vs. Shell,” I like our chances.

This is why I decided to come back to Greenpeace after almost 20 years. To work alongside people like you, to make change on a global scale. I know we still have a long way to go stop Arctic drilling once and for all and to keep the fossil fuels we can’t afford to burn in the ground.

I also know — and these last few weeks prove it — that together anything is possible.


Annie Leonard
Executive Director, Greenpeace USA

P.S. Wow! What a couple of weeks. From hundreds of kayaks on the water in Seattle to the spark for a global movement. But Shell is one of the largest companies in the world — and it plans to send its rigs from Seattle to drill in the Arctic any day now. The recent oil spill in Santa Barbara, California is a perfect reminder of what’s at stake. We still have a lot of work to do to stop Arctic drilling and we’ll need you with us. Can you help even the odds with your gift to Greenpeace today?

dwts S20 10th anniversary celebration and val’s win!

WordPressDancing-3 I sat back waiting to write about the DWTS 10th Anniversary celebration because i was disappointed with what seemed to be going on. There were months after the MNM win  when we would see past competitors on the show but no MNM, interviews but no MNM, promos and interview gigs from past competitors yet no MNM.  So, when the 10th anniversary announcement was made the weeks leading up to any appearances on DWTS seemed fraught with a lot of “stuff” making fans wonder if DWTS would lose a substantial amount of viewers…   Then they started doing promos for their 10th anniversary celebration.  I admit that the teasing of who would be among the guests or dancers was fun. There were plenty of commercials with interviews of past competitors planning to dance or at least be in the audience supporting everyone else on the dance floor. Yes, fans of dance, competition and drama had their plate full as snippets of rehearsals, interviews, pictures of costumes and word that a dance off between maks and Meryl Vs witney and alphonso was on along with a vote for your choice to win site, which probably crashed. Anyway, the 10th anniversary was great, it was definitely well produced and while there was a lot going on it was good stuff filled with a lot of talk that viewers actually wanted to hear.  The costumes and dancing were amazing, the entertainment was good and while alphonso & witney killed it the Paso slash tango by MNM was beyond amazing.  It was apparent that MNM slayed it though the music was a bit different for me. I admit it was fun, up-tempo and added a modern feel they might have been going for and succeeded as the camera panned the room fans were up celebrating having fun.  In fact, fans are still talking about how MNM have not as tom said, lost a step, that Meryl has actually improved least we talk about her costume, and the clever red lighting, which made me scream … it, was perfect.  Their interview was fun cute and amazing because so few past DWTS winners maintain support that MNM continues to have.

So, as the 10th anniversary faded into the background and the 2014 MNM anniversary of the coveted MBT win was approaching, mak’s little brother Val qualified for the DWTS finals. There was a week or two of folks talking tweeting revisiting MNM videos leading up to both events.  When low and behold some could say, the stars were aligned because it just so happens that S20 ended with a big win for his little brother Val and Rumer Willis on May 19, 2015. What a night it must have been for Val to win the coveted MBT on the anniversary of his big brother!

I have been an avid DWTS fan since 2005. I watched until melb lost, stopped then heard about Season16 skipped Season17 loved Season18 and watched Season19 sort of end in a predictable way because Alphonso was beyond amazing, he took his win on the DWTS tour and did quite well.  I thought Val’s choreography was good, his partner’s foot work not so much and the rumors of showmances surrounding that season seemed to take over so I lost interest. I admit that Season20 was not a favorite of mine, though we could definitely relax because the showmances were nowhere to be found, only what we saw happening between Kym and Robert, which fans still support.  It just seemed like there were too many changes; why fix it if it is not broken. The dances seemed to only last a split second and was I the only one distracted by all the props or “backup” dancers least we talk about the immunity debacle. While most of us wanted loved and needed the result night back, it was not that great. The best thing about Season 20 was watching Val’s face and his number one supporter when he won.

Dance is about expression, more often than not there is a story, it’s about moving through space and time, to beats lyrics music that may or may not mean a thing to the dancer or the audience in the beginning  yet, does by the end and like maks’ has said, he likes to tell a story. I think that is definitely why fans want to see them dance and  MNM has continued dancing for charity, support each other’s projects,  meet & greets and generally do what they both love to do best … dance!

Their passion shows each time they go out onto the floor.

 If you haven’t already, get your tickets to see SWAY  ~~  Meryl Amy and Rumer will all be there dancing !