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BEAT MS DANCE WALK Raises over Fifty Thousand dollars


September 22, 2014


It was that time of year again to put your dancing shoes on (or walking) and join in on the newest craze, dance walking and help end multiple sclerosis. The 2nd Annual Beat MS Dance Walk event is co-chaired by So You Think You Can Dance all-star, the brave and beautiful Courtney Galiano, who was diagnosed with MS in 2012, along with her friend Philip Byron and will honor actress, producer, and television host Ricki Lake.

Participants enjoyed dance walking to awesome music, have lessons from professional dancers, saw a great performance by the cast of Hair, there was also a raffle and silent auction, and it all happened at the Palisades Charter High School.

The fun filled event ended with a choreographed group performance featuring all participants. Professional dancers from So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing with the Stars and Hit the Floor performed for the crowd and lead participants in the newest craze, dance walking. The energy packed event was videotaped and posted to raise awareness for MS. Money was be raised through ticket sales and donations. ​

Said Courtney Galiano, "as some of you may know, I have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. It was a lot to process, there are good days and bad days but despite any of those things, I feel it is my duty to get involved, raise awareness and find a cure for this debilitating disease and I will use the platform I have been given to do just that.​We are so excited to team up with the MS Society, an incredible organization. MS may stop people from moving but this movement works there hardest to prevent that. A portion of every registration will go to the MS Society."

Ricki Lake and Actress Tanna Frederick

A few Santa Monica locals were there to join in the fun, actress Tanna Frederick even brought her parents along for the fun, and Celebrity trainer Charlene Ciardiello (Founder of Shut Up And Move) had no problem with the dance moves. They were a part of STOMPONMS team which consisted of Producer Susan Dynner, peakPRgroup CEO Christine Peake, model Dana Johnson, artist/designer Ellie Lloyd, [email protected] Courtney Bingham-Sixx, Anjanette Miller and Kristen Geleynse.

The event raised just over $52 thousand dollars to support direct services for people Living With Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and their families, as well as cutting-edge research worldwide to find better treatments and ultimately a cure for this chronic, unpredictable disease. To benefit the Southern California & Nevada Chapter of the National MS Society

To help call 1.800.FIGHT.MS or visit for more information.


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