BailaCura presents a unique dance festival connecting the power of dance and the love of the dance community to cancer patients and the medical community. The proceeds from this event will be donated to the University of North Carolina’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center for cancer research and treatment. The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center is located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and is one of the leading cancer centers in the nation.
BailaCura is a non-profit corporation 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.
Matt graduated from NC State in 2013 and commissioned as an Officer in the U.S. Army. Matt completed his training at Fort Benning GA and was stationed at Fort Bragg, NC with the infamous 82nd Airborne Division. In late 2015, Matt was diagnosed with cancer. He went through multiple surgeries and radiation, and was later medically retired from the Army. Matt seeks to attend Medical School with hopes of helping children fight cancer. Matt is an avid Latin dancer, rock climber, and has a newly found passion for connecting people through hosting events.
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 Institutes of Health (NIH) which involves both basic and clinical studies. He is also a faculty member at Duke University Medical Center and 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 spare time, he loves to dance (Latin and ballroom).
Our team evolved out of our friendships from the local dance community. These amazing dancers that are helping organize this event believe in the power of dance and have sacrificed to help support BailaCura. We would not be able to accomplish this without their support. Thank you to our amazing organizational team!!