I am very excited to share with you that this past weekend dance4empowerment hosted another successful event!
Over the summer, the Boston Celtics hosted their annual celebratory ceremony for all the season’s recipients of the Heroes Among Us awards. The ceremony was heart warming and it gave me the opportunity to meet so many incredible heroes in our communities. It was at this event when I met Andrea Nevins, co-Director of the Massachusetts chapter of the Miss Amazing Pageant, which celebrates the abilities of girls and women with disabilities. Creating a partnership with Andrea’s program was a natural fit and, so, this past Sunday, we hosted our first joint program.
dance4empowerment and the Miss Amazing Pageant offered the women and girls who participated in the pageant an opportunity to dance and go home with a beautiful party dress! Sivan Elefson, the dance therapist who led the debut dance4empowerment program at Camp Ramah New England, led the dance portion of the pageant for the afternoon. The girls had a wonderful time dancing together to their favorite songs! Unfortunately I could not watch the program run firsthand because I am at Emory University in Atlanta, GA but both Andrea and Sivan couldn’t wait to tell me that the dance program was a big success. My college schedule is very demanding but I am still motivated to continue expanding dance4empowerment’s reach.
I am honored to have had the opportunity to help create such a fun and empowering program for the Miss Amazing Pageant participants. I want to thank Andrea for all her hard work helping to organize this great event and for running an amazing program. Thank you Sivan for sharing the same passion for dance as I do and for wanting to empower people with disabilities. I look forward to sharing more exciting programs hosted by dance4empowerment. If you know an organization or foundation that might be interested in partnering with dance4empowerment, please let us know!
Dance, move, and empower,
Earlier this week I received a phone call from the Boston Celtics organization, a phone call I didn’t believe was real. It wasn’t until this evening, as I was standing on center court with cheering crowds surrounding me, that I realized how real that phone call was. Tonight, I was honored with the Celtics’ “Heroes Among Us” award and I was humbled by the experience.
The “Heroes Among Us” initiative was established in the fall of 1997 and “honors those individuals who have made an overwhelming impact on the lives of others.” To date, the Boston Celtics Charitable Foundation has awarded 650 individuals with the award, each receiving their own game to shine.
I feel very fortunate to have received so much attention for the work I am doing. When I began my journey to create dance4empowerment, I never imagined receiving this much recognition and I am so thankful for all the positive attention, attention that will help the program grow and spread the word. Standing in the center of the Celtics basketball court in front of over 15,000 people was so surreal. I couldn’t stop smiling because the whole time I was thinking about how much this opportunity will, in the end, help so many students with disabilities uncover the benefits of dance.
I am very thankful for the many people who have recognized the work that I’m doing and supported me on my journey. Please click the link below to watch a video of the presentation from tonight’s game: http://performancehealthcenter.wistia.com/medias/7mwxwe5f00.
Dance, move, and empower,