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Press Release Feb. 23, 2010

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GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Arthur Mur­ray Dance Stu­dios Presents Danc­ing for the Cure to honor Breast Can­cer Sur­vivor Mom

In 2005, the ele­gant and fit dance fran­chise mav­er­ick Mag­gie Spearin faced a diag­no­sis that plagues 1 in 8 women in the U.S. each year. She had breast can­cer – a dev­as­tat­ing dis­ease with phys­i­cal, emo­tional, psy­cho­log­i­cal and finan­cial pain that can last a life­time. Thanks to her daugh­ters, Leslie and Julie, the life long dancer and can­cer sur­vivor will pre­side as hon­orary judge March 19 at the J.W. Mar­riott Ball­room when local celebri­ties and stars from the dance world com­pete to fund can­cer research for the Komen for the Cure.

Danc­ing for the Cure Grand Rapids is a star-studded gala evening that is the brain­child of the Sharp-Spearin sis­ters, who own two Arthur Mur­ray Dance Stu­dios in Grand Rapids and the mas­ter fran­chise for Atlanta Geor­gia ( The event promises to pit the likes of local media divas and dons against com­mu­nity play­ers such as a local school super­in­ten­dent, entre­pre­neur­ial mag­nates and com­mu­nity benefactors.

This is the world I know and what I am good at. This is what I can give as thanks to Komen for the Cure Grand Rapids – world class dance, an ele­gant evening, a chance for the com­mu­nity to come together and shine,” said Leslie (Spearin) Sharp.

Sharp, Spearin and staff are host­ing “ball­room boot­camp” all month get­ting the local celebs whipped into five star danc­ing con­di­tion. They’re hus­tling to learn their Latin, salsa and ball­room dance moves.

I’m totally impressed with their musi­cal­ity and nat­ural sense of rhythm,” Sharp said.
Gala guests will be able to “vote” for the cure – each vote will cost a $10 dona­tion to the Komen for the Cure foun­da­tion. All pro­ceeds from the event also ben­e­fit the local chap­ter of the orga­ni­za­tion.
As a spe­cial treat, dance prima pro­fes­sion­als Urs Geisen­hainer and Agnes Kazmeir­chak of Danc­ing with the Stars fame will give a live performance.

Local celebri­ties include: Rachael Ruiz (8West); Jimmy Le (local event czar); Shel­ley Irwin (WGVU Radio); John Gon­za­lez (Grand Rapids Press); Can­dace Matthews ( 2009 Cor­po­rate Exec­u­tive of the Year by Black Enter­prise Mag­a­zine); Carol VanAn­del (Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the David & Carol VanAn­del Foun­da­tion); Dr. Khan Nedd (Pres­i­dent of Hos­pi­tal­ist of West Michi­gan); Tim Doty (Fox 17) and Bernard Tay­lor (Grand Rapids Pub­lic Schools Dis­trict Superintendent).

Tick­ets for the event are $50 gen­eral admis­sion; $75 VIP reserved floor-side seat­ing, and can be pur­chased at .

The Grand Rapids Affil­i­ate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Can­cer Foun­da­tion was incor­po­rated in 1999 after a breast can­cer sur­vivor named Lori Fedewa met with a few friends to tell them about an event called the Race for the Cure®. To learn more, visit:

The JW Mar­riott Grand Rapids is a world-class hotel sit­u­ated in down­town Grand Rapids, Michi­gan, just 25 miles from Michigan’s cel­e­brated West Coast. The new addi­tion to the pres­ti­gious JW Mar­riott port­fo­lio is also a wel­come addi­tion to the city’s sculp­tural sky­line. For infor­ma­tion, visit

For infor­ma­tion or inter­views about Danc­ing for the Cure Grand Rapids, contact:

Leslie Sharp or Julie Spearin,
Co-owners Arthur Mur­ray Dance Stu­dios Grand Rapids