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.
Our mission is to use the power and passion of dance to raise funds and support for cancer research and patient care.
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.
Bailacura is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was founded by Matthew Bergens in 2016. Dance and the local dance community was an integral part of helping Matt through his personal dance journey.
Through Bailacura, Matt lives his life mission of helping other’s through their cancer journey and raising funds and support for cancer research.
BailaCura hosts annual fundraising dance festivals and charity galas that connect others with the cause and works with local nonprofits as one community on the same mission: that no children suffer from cancer.
Matt is a former US Army Officer, cancer survivor, and current medical student at Duke University School of Medicine. Matt completed his training at Fort Benning, GA and was stationed at Fort Bragg, NC with the 82nd Airborne Division. In late 2015, Matt was diagnosed with cancer. He went through multiple surgeries, radiation, and was later medically retired from the Army. BailaCura was founded during Matt’s transition process from the US Army during which time he also completed a 2-year research internship position at the National Institutes of Health as well as a Master of Physiology from NC State University. Matt is intensely passionate about helping future patients overcome their cancer and hopes to positively impact the world as a physician-scientist. He uses his cancer story to emphasize and provide hope for his friends and their children who are currently battling cancer. Matt loves to dance and you can often find him on the dance floor either dancing salsa or playing the congas to the salsa rhythm.
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 is a current Real Estate Specialist, area Blogger & Socialite, and dance instructor. She graduated from American Military University with a BS in Environmental Science. Jenny has been dancing since age two and teaching dance since high school. Currently, she is one of the area directors for the NC Brazilian Arts Project and specializes in Brazilian movement arts – attending Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro as an International dancer in order to further her studies and understanding of International dance. She has over 30 years of technical dance and ballroom training, and brings over 15 years of professional performance, teaching, and choreography experience to class attendees across the US. Jenny has worked with various local news stations and festivals in the area to try to further her outreach of International dance and has worked with various nonprofit organizations and communities around the world to help dance for adults and children thrive and grow. Finding a home with BailaCura, Jenny enjoys furthering her outreach efforts and using the power of dance to not only raise money for the organization, but to help people of all backgrounds find joy in the healing power of dance.
BAILACURA BOARD OF DIRECTORS