With the excitement of renovations in the midst, I ready myself to work with a few dancers to showcase what the Dwana Smallwood Performing Arts Center will provide – a space for our youth to grow and develop into humble, gracious human beings: who will be able to compete on the world’s stage. I want to take these students on the ride of their lives. I want to challenge all that they believe about themselves and get them to dream, to dare to step into their full potential. You may not recognize your child, niece, nephew or cousin when it’s all over, but I ask you to prepare yourselves for the magnificent and graceful performance that will emerge from the work we do when we are done.
So, what do I want to accomplish? I want the dancers chosen to feel free, I want them to find their own oxygen. I want them to grow hungry for life, hungry for learning. I want them to appreciate what they have, give generously of themselves and have the desire to contribute to our society positively. This experience will do just that.