Dancing into the Hearts of Children

Summary:

Childhelp and Maksim Chmerkovskiy are launching Dancing, Drama and Drawing for Dreams. Dancer, choreographer and actor Maksim Chmerkovskiy is a remarkable Childhelp Celebrity Ambassador for our Childhelp’s residential treatment facility and advocacy center art therapy programs.

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Los Angeles, CA– Childhelp and Maksim Chmerkovskiy are launching Dancing, Drama and Drawing for Dreams. Dancer, choreographer and actor Maksim Chmerkovskiy is a remarkable Childhelp Celebrity Ambassador for our Childhelp’s residential treatment facility and advocacy center art therapy programs. 

As he Cha-Chas for Childhelp, Maks will be able to employ the language and lessons of dance to affect great change. Toe-tapping Tweets, fox-trotting Facebook updates, waltzing through Childhelp events and free-styling videos are just some of the ways Maks will make a difference for our children.

The American Art Therapy Association asserts, "Art therapy is a mental health profession that uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages. It is based on the belief that the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps people to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight.”

About Maksim Chmerkovskiy :

Ukrainian-American Ballroom dance champion, choreographer and instructor, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, was born on January 17, 1980 in Odessa, Ukraine. He began dancing at the age of four and by his teenage years, his talent had taken him to a competitive level. He was introduced to television audiences in 2006, when he first appeared on the second season of ABC’s #1 hit television show, Dancing with the Stars. Through the show, he garnered nationwide recognition and success as a world class dancer and fitness role model. 

Maks’ drive and determination fostered the creation of Maksim Chmerkovskiy Productions. Through MCP, he has contributed his expertise and choreography skills to shows including Le Rêve – The Dream at Wynn Las Vegas, Broadway’s Burn the Floor and a special television spot for AOL airing in 2013. Although he is playfully known as the “Bad Boy of Ballroom,” Maks always involves himself in charitable work. He is proud to be one of the creators and directors of Dance Team USA, a non-profit educational and charitable organization that is dedicated to recruiting, supporting and training DanceSport participants. Maks’ helping hand doesn’t end there; he is implementing and spearheading an Art Therapy program at Childhelp, the longest-running national nonprofit dedicated to meeting the physical, emotional, educational and spiritual needs of abused and neglected children.

About Childhelp :

Since 1959, Childhelp has brought the light of hope and healing into the lives of countless children as a leading national non-profit organization dedicated to helping at-risk children. Childhelp's programs and services include residential treatment services, children's advocacy centers, therapeutic foster care, group homes and child abuse prevention, education and training. Childhelp created the Childhelp National Day of Hope®, held each April during National Child Abuse Prevention Month that mobilizes Americans to join the fight against child abuse.

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For more information please visit Childhelp.org. To schedule an interview please contact Eden Gordon at 202-714-6014 oredengordon@edengordonmedia.com

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