Children between the ages of four and 16 performed at the annual Forest Hills Rhythmic Gymnastics event, which raised money for Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Pediatrics Department.
“Too many of us know people who have faced a cancer diagnosis, and sometimes it's hard to know how we can make a difference,” said Alex, who established the school with his mother and head coach, Mila. “The hospital is known for their technology and their breakthroughs with cancer, and our children wanted to raise money to help those who are not as fortunate as them.
“One of the most effective ways to help is to make sure the crucial work being done at Memorial Sloan Kettering continues to have the support that will drive it forward,” he added.
Hundreds of families and community members gathered to watch two performances on Sunday at the Forest Hills Jewish Center at 106-06 Queens Boulevard. The center is also where the school holds practices each week.
Sunday’s performance consisted of more than 20 routines featuring floor, chair, ball and ribbon exercises to songs like “Mamma Mia,” “Under the Sea,” “A Whole New World” and “Skinny Love.”
The family-owned school prides itself on its family atmosphere. Prior to the performance, fathers in the audience stood for special recognition. Towards the end of the show, five fathers participated in a sketch performance where they dressed in women’s dance costumes and attempted to follow their daughters’ moves.
“The kids love what they do. They have a regular school to learn math, english, science and history, and then afterwards they come to this school where they learn gymnastics and dance,” Alex said.