Philanthropic Rhythms: Two Local Artists Give Back

Video and reporting by: Ryan Schumacher

SWEDESBORO, N.J. — Tap dancing and classical harp come together to raise money for the nonprofit Ghana Make a Difference (GMAD) at a show that will take place in New York this Saturday. Robin Passmore and Juliana Beckel, who both grew up in Pittsgrove, New Jersey, will perform at a gallery in Soho on Nov. 30 in an event titled Philanthropic Rhythms: An Evening of Harp and Tap in Support of Ghana.

Passmore, who operates a dance studio in Swedesboro, first met Beckel when the two lived on the same street in Pittsgrove as young girls. They were friends for several years, but eventually went their separate ways as each pursued their passion.

Years later they had a chance encounter on the streets of New York — and now they’re collaborating on a show for GMAD as a way of giving back. Ryan Schumacher met with them to discuss their upcoming event, and also hear a little about their backgrounds.

Passmore and Beckel practice in advance of their event, titled “Philanthropic Rhythms: An Evening of Harp and Tap in Support of Ghana. (Photo: Ryan Schumacher)

To learn more about their event, or to purchase tickets, visit the Eventbrite page.

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