Move over, Justin Bieber. These kids have some amazing moves of their own to show you!

An enthusiastic throng of 80 young, energetic dancers took to the floor at Sherwood Park’s Step by Step School of Dance on Saturday June 8th to raise funds for CASA House.

By the time the all-night dance-a-thon ended in the wee hours of Sunday morning, an exhausted but happy crew of performers had raised $28,000 for CASA’s residential treatment facility in Sherwood Park.

“The dancers were as young as 6 and as old as 17. Each of them had to raise a minimum of $100 to participate in the dance-a-thon,” says Ryan Milne, CASA’s Finance & Fund Development Officer.

“The event was kind of a sleepover – for any of the kids who eventually passed out – but most of the kids stayed up all night dancing and doing other fun activities. It was fantastic.”

Milne is hoping the funds can be used toward expanding and enhancing the backyard amenities at CASA House, including a garden patio and possibly a hockey rink.

“Depending on the cooperation and support we get from Alberta Health Services, we’re hoping we can start on it as soon as this summer,” he says.

Some of the 80 young dancers from Sherwood Park’s
Step by Step School of Dance who raised $28,000 for CASA House on June 8th.


Milne and Zach Riauka, his cycling partner in CASA’s recent 2019 Minds Over Mountains cycling tour, planned the fundraiser with big-time help from Riauka’s girlfriend Kristy Skoreyko.

Skoreyko, a teacher at the Step by Step School of Dance, supervised the dance-a-thon along with her colleague Kimberley Grenier.