Dancer steps up to help Shriners Hospitals with June 26 party in Rancho Santa Fe

Kirsten Allen’s “Cause for a Party” will benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children on June 26.

Through her newly launched company, The Artist Society, dancer Kirsten Allen of Rancho Santa Fe is inviting the community to party for a good cause.

With food, drinks and live entertainment, “A Cause for a Party” will benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children on June 26 at The Crosby Club in Rancho Santa Fe.

“Giving back is the most beautiful feeling,” Allen said. “It’s why I dance.”

The party takes place 7:30-10 p.m. June 26 at The Crosby Club, 17102 Bing Crosby Blvd. Tickets cost $100 and include food, three drinks and the show.

A ballet dancer since she was 5 years old, Allen started dancing professionally at 16. She has danced with the Suzanne Farrell Ballet and the Sacramento Ballet, where she worked from 1995 until 2009, when she became pregnant with her first son.

During her time with the Sacramento Ballet, Allen performed numerous times at the Northern California Shriners Hospital in Sacramento, which is part of a network of 22 medical facilities across North America.

Now a mother of two, Allen has recently started performing again. Wanting to again give back to the community through dance, she and her dance partner, Jared Nelson, co-founded The Artist Society in March.

“The Artist Society is a mix of art and giving back,” Allen said. “We strongly believe in the power and beauty of both of these elements and feel they serve a tremendous purpose no matter how fast-paced our world has become.”

“A Cause for a Party” is the company’s first event, benefiting Shriners Hospitals for Children.

“For each show we do, we want to link to a different organization,” Allen explained. “Because Shriners is so near and dear to my heart, I really wanted to have that as the first charity.”

The event will feature an open bar, food and a live show, including singer-songwriters Matt and Jasmine Commerce and comedian Lauren O’Brien. Allen and Nelson will also perform three pieces.

“If you are looking to have a fantastic night while supporting a wonderful cause, this is your night,” Allen said.

For information about the event or The Artist Society, visit