Gran Gala Dominicana


On Saturday February 24th, 2018, Bella Q Dance Studio celebrated its 7th year of producing the highly acclaimed Red-Carpet Gran Gala Dominicana, hosting more than 200 guests at the Cedar Banquet Hall . The diverse list of guests arrived on the fabulous red-carpet runway at 6:30 PM, to enjoy a cocktail reception, then sat down for a sumptuous Dominican dinner and awards ceremony. The night culminated with entertainment and dancing. This event helps us raise funds to launch initiatives that help bring awareness to bullying, sex trafficking and domestic violence – especially among low-income families.

We award dance scholarships to the children of families who are experiencing financial hardships, survivors of domestic violence and children who have suffered a loss. 

The Dominican Gala takes place the last Saturday in February as a celebration of the Dominican Republic Independence Day, which is February 27. This year, the Dominican Gala featured performances by local folkloric groups, such as Fiesta Mexicana Dance Company, Colombia Vive, and Bella Q Eztreyaz, a Dominican menu, and recognition of six Dominican personalities for their relentless work in the community:

  • Dr. Maria Harper Marinick, Chancellor of Maricopa Community College District;
  • Tony Diaz, Baseball Coach for the MLB Colorado Rockies;
  • Marco Soto, United Healthcare Director of Sales for Special Needs Medicare Plans;
  • Benny Morel, Army Veteran and Entrepreneur
  • Yoanis Santana, Fashion Designer; and,
  • Robert Uribe, 31st Mayor of Douglas;

Nydia Stuart, President of the Puerto Rican Center of Arizona also be received an award for her humanitarian work in the Puerto Rican community during hurricane Maria. Others who were recognized for their community involvement were, Jose Moro and Wesley Andujar.