Film presentation to benefit local dancer |

Film presentation to benefit local dancer

There will be a benefit performance and screening of "9000 Needles" Sunday at the Center for the Arts to raise funds for Tresa Honaker, seen here performing with AirAligned.
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WHAT: 9000 Needles – A Film Presentation Fundraiser for Tresa Honaker

WHEN: 6 p.m. Sunday, July 21

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. 6 p.m. aerial dance performance AirAligned Aerial Dance Group and featuring martial arts with Body Balance. Showing the award-winning documentary 9000 Needles, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: The Center For the Arts, 314 Main Street, Grass Valley

TICKETS: General Admission

$15 for adults

$10 for children, available at The Center Box Office-530-274-8384 ext. 14, Briar Patch Co-op or online at


On Sunday, there will be a live aerial dance and martial arts demonstration by AirAligned aerial dance group and Body Balance Academy followed by a showing of an award-winning documentary “9000 Needles.” The film follows Devin Dearth — a 40-year-old former bodybuilder — to China, where he is treated with acupuncture after a massive stroke.

This inspirational benefit event is for Tresa Honaker who was severely injured Jan. 11, 2012, while rehearsing at the Center for the Arts. She is paralyzed from the waist down. She is the founder and artistic director of AirAligned aerial dance group and has been a teacher and choreographer of jazz, ballet and acro dance at Sierra Dance Institute, dance coach for the girl’s team at Gold Country Gymnastics.

Honaker was Artist of the Year Award Winner in 2006 from the Center for the Arts and was the recipient of the 2010 Dr. Leland and Sally Lewis Performing Arts award, which is presented annually by the Nevada County Chamber of Commerce. The funds raised will help pay for rehabilitation and medical expenses that may help Honaker realize her dream of standing and possibly walking again.

Honaker travels to San Jose bi-monthly where she has been receiving physical therapy and acupuncture treatments that are similar to those that helped Devon Dirth in the documentary “9000 Needles.”

This event, which begins at 6 p.m. Sunday, would not be possible without support from our local community. The Center for the Arts is donating the rental of the venue and helping with the promotion and production of this event. Special thanks is also extended to Community Asian Theater of the Sierra who brought this documentary to Nevada City Theater in 2011 and who agreed to assist in advertising this event. Body Balance Academy martial artists and AirAligned performers are donating their time and skills to celebrate and support Tresa Honaker. This film and event is appropriate for all ages. Please join us in this community event. Tickets are on sale now at BriarPatch Co-op and the Center for the Arts Box office in Grass Valley.

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