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The Neglia Ballet Artists are dancing with purpose Thursday in Nichols School’s Flickinger Performing Arts Center. They are raising money for TargetCancer, a foundation that works to spur research on rare cancers. TargetCancer was founded by the late Paul Poth, a supporter of the Neglia Ballet Artists and an alumnus of Nichols School. He died in 2009 of a rare cancer doctors knew little about.

Called “Dancing to Live,” the performance features George Balanchine’s “Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux,” set to music from “Swan Lake” and danced by Mindaugas Bauzys and Vilia Putrius, both principal dancers with Festival Ballet of Providence. The program also includes a contemporary pas de deux created by Viktor Plotnikov, former principal dancer of the Boston Ballet. It will be danced by Sergio Neglia and Silvina Vaccarelli.

The event begins at 6 p.m. Thursday in Nichols School. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction will take place in Nichols Dining Hall, followed by the performance at 7:15 p.m. in the Flickinger Theatre. A dancer meet-and-greet, along with a final call for the silent auction, follow the performance.

Tickets are $125 for a couple, or $75 individual. Admission is $75 at the door.

– Mary Kunz Goldman