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Heat hosting “Dance for Aaliyah” event to support former dancer’s daughter

Charity event will raise funds for baby Aaliyah.

NBA: Milwaukee Bucks at Miami Heat Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Heat has announced they will be holding a special “Dance For Aaliyah” event at the AmericanAirlines Arena this Friday to help raise funds for a family in need.

Former Heat dancer Tangela Patton’s three-month-old daughter, Aaliyah, was recently diagnosed with Neuroblastoma—a rare form of cancer, so the Heat are asking fans to come out to the XFinity East Plaza at the AA Arena to participate in a three-hour dance marathon to help with the mounting medical costs.

The event takes place from 8pm to 11pm and will feature the Heat Dancers, Burnie and the full HEAT Experience, Pitbull’s official dancers “The Most Bad Ones,” and other members of the local dance community to raise funds that will help Aaliyah.

The event is free but donations are strongly encouraged, and fans will also get a special “Dance for Aaliyah” t-shirt if they do so during the dance marathon.

There will also be a silent auction of unique Heat memorabilia as well as Kendra Scott jewelry available for purchase with proceeds also benefitting Aaliyah.

Complimentary parking will be available in the P2 Garage located on the south side of the Arena. Fans must enter through Gate 5 to get to the event.

To register, visit

Even if you can’t make it to the event, donations can be made directly by visiting and entering the name Aaliyah Dixon.

Let’s rise up Heat Nation and give what you can!