Head under heels! Prospect Heights do-gooders do handstands

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Now you can lend a hand — while standing on your hands.

On May 20, LAVA, a Prospect Heights-based performance troupe will host a “Handstand-a-thon,” an event that asks do-gooders to raise money while topsy-turvy.

The studio encourages participants of all skill levels to get down with being upside-down in order to help fund a kids dance program and other events.

“It’s a fun way to change your perspective,” said Diana Greiner, managing director. “People get really excited; they haven’t done it since they were kids.”

Each second spent feet-above-head earns one donation dollar and participants may use a wall or a spotter for balance. The record holder held the pose for four minutes.

Proceeds go to programs such as the PS 9 Pick Up Program, which offers free dance classes to students.

Greiner said the goal is to raise $20,000 total — which, if you’re counting, adds up to a big rush of blood to the brain.

“It really gets the energy up — for a good cause,” Greiner said.

Handstand-a-Thon at LAVA [524 Bergen St. between Sixth and Carlton avenues in Prospect Heights, (718) 399–3161], May 20 from 2-5 pm. Visit

Reach reporter Natalie O'Neill at or by calling her at (718) 260-4505.
Updated 5:33 pm, July 9, 2018
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