Stand on Your Hands for a Good Cause

The 9th annual LAVA Handstand-a-Thon is coming up on Sunday, May 20, from 2-5pm. While the studio is located in Prospect Heights, Karly, a neighbor who works with them, notes that many students and families from our neighborhood are involved there. She says that this event is a great way to get to know LAVA, which is dance and acrobatics performance troupe that also trains and teaches movement to kids and adults, and hosts several community programs.

Anyone can stop by to do a handstand to help raise money for LAVA’s free activities, which include a weekly class for kids, a seasonal open mic night, a program with a local public school, and more.

The total time spent upside down will be tallied and added to a collective handstand pool. The goal for the total time of people with their feet raised is 1 second for every dollar raised, with a goal of $20,000. Handstanders are encouraged to create their personalized fundraising pages at You can also donate directly at that link, without having to invert yourself, if you’d prefer.