WESTPORT — Dance schools in three states are set to come together Sunday for Skyla Lynk-Romano.

The event, dubbed the Move With Us Project is also a foundation started by Skyla’s dance teacher and owner of I’ve Got Rhythm Dance Center and Dancer’s Edge, Paula Perry Szyndler.

Skyla, a 15-year-old Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational-Technical High School student has been recovering after being struck by a car Jan. 5.

“To watch her journey from that day to today ... she truly is a miracle,” Szyndler said.

The opening performance will have nine schools from Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut, including Szyndler’s studios, performing choreography by Buddy Casimano who is slated to be the emcee of the event.

Skyla is set to be at the event and her story will be told, Szyndler said. There will be 28 routines performed, she said.  

For the closing number, choreographed by Szyndler’s daughter Jazzmine Szyndler, Skyla will do some moves with the other performers.

“It’s just going to be another step forward for her,” Szyndler said.

“She does a little bit of movement,” she added, noting Skyla is still working on her short term memory and gets reminded of the steps. 

The Move With Us Project is meant for dancers to unite together for a worthy cause, Szyndler said. This year, money will be raised for Skyla, hopefully $5,000, she said, but next year, funds raised would go to another person in need.

The money raised from the event Sunday will go toward Skyla’s medical bills, an extra day of physical therapy or anything needed to help with her recovery.

“I’ve never seen a community come together the way I saw this,” Szyndler said, maintaining that even though months have gone by since Skyla was critically injured, the community still shows up.

The event is Sunday at White’s of Westport, 66 State Road in Westport, from 4 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 prior to the event and also at the door. Tickets can be purchased this week at I’ve Got Rhythm Dance Studio at 331 State Road in Dartmouth.

For those who cannot attend the event but would still like to donate, Szyndler suggests donating to the Skyla Strong Fund at BayCoast Bank.


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