The Bailacura Dance Festival 2019 is a 4-days Latin dance festival hosted September 26th-29th, 2019 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center in Dunham, North Carolina and local venues. The vision of Bailacura is to use the power & passion of dance to raise money & support for cancer research & patient care. The proceeds from our events will be donated to the cancer centers for cancer research and treatment.
BE PART OF THE CURE!
BailaCura is a Non-Profit Organization 501(c)(3). EIN 82-1151105. Founded by Matthew Bergens, who in the past years has used the power and passion of dance to overcome the physical and emotional obstacles presented during his own cancer treatment journey. He has joined forces with the local dance community on a mission to build a bridge between the healing power and love found in dance and cancer patients in need.
Matt graduated from NC State in 2013 and commissioned as an Officer in the U.S. Army. Matt completed his training at Fort Benning, GA and was stationed at Fort Bragg, NC with the legendary 82nd Airborne Division. In late 2015, Matt was diagnosed with cancer. He went through multiple surgeries and radiation, and was later medically retired from the Army. Matt seeks to attend Medical School with hopes of helping children fight cancer. He is an avid Latin dancer, rock climber, and has a newly found passion for connecting people through hosting events.
DARRYL C. ZELDIN
Darryl C. Zeldin, M.D., is a physician-scientist who lives in Chapel Hill, NC. Dr. Zeldin received his medical degree from Indiana University, completed an Internal Medicine Residency at Duke University Medical Center, and a Fellowship in Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine at Vanderbilt University. He is an internationally recognized physician – scientist who directs a large research program at the National Institute of Health (NIH), which involves both basic and clinical studies. He is also a faculty member at Duke University Medical Center and the University of North Carolina. Dr. Zeldin is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Medicine, and is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and American Association of Physicians. He has co-authored over 300 research articles and his work has been cited over 20,000 times. His research has also been featured on NPR, Good Morning America, USA Today, US News and World Report, PBS, and on other nationally recognized media venues. In his part time, he loves to dance (Latin and Ballroom)
Jenny Geska, current owner of Aura Dance Studio and Triangle Dancers, and director for the Raleigh/Durham branch of the NC Brazilian Arts Project, has over 20 years of technical dance and ballroom training, and brings over 12 years of professional performance, teaching, and choreography experience to her dance studio. She is also one of two organizers and promoters for BailaCura, an annual non-profit congress and festival in Raleigh that donates all of it’s profits
to help fund children’s cancer research. events.
BAILACURA BOARD OF DIRECTORS