It was incredibly inspiring being a part of this short dance film, honoring and celebrating the amazing and brave Donna Russo. Donna has danced nearly all her life, but over the past seven years muscular dystrophy has taken away much of her ability to move. Despite her condition, dance is still alive in her heart.
After sharing this film, the response was so positive and amazing. The Abilities Expo, an event for people with disabilities, asked us to come perform this dance with Donna. The expo is a celebration of what you can do and boy, is it inspiring!!
On a concrete floor at the LA Convention Center, with no raised stage and no stage lights, we danced for a mostly wheelchair bound audience. My heart filled with gratitude for the gift of life and the gift of dance, and I was humbled.
The audience members were invited to join in learning a short dance with us after the performance. All those who participated were in wheelchairs and I was so moved at how much passion, love, joy and openness was shared in their “restricted” movement.
I was reminded of how healing dance is. It connects us to our humanity, to our core. It allows us an expression beyond words. It allows us freedom!!
Thank you to Donna for bringing me this opportunity and for my dance partner Kelleia Sheerin and choreographer Tam Warner.
Projects like these make me so proud to be a dancer, proud to be a human being. Gifts come in so many unexpected ways.
And, check out what the dance team at Walk and Roll Foundation can do!!