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Misty Copeland Dances to celebrate Drea’s Dream!

Special Guest Misty Copeland Dances with Children at MSKCC Monday, January 22, was like no other Monday. The Andréa Rizzo Foundation wanted to do something special this year at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to celebrate their Dréa’s Dream dance/movement therapy program milestone of 15 years. And special it was indeed. Misty Copeland, principal dancer for American Ballet Theater, joined the foundation in… read more

How Dancers Are Changing Lives – You Can Too.

Here is one story that will touch your heart as deeply as it has touched ours. Watch this beautiful video to see how Ari and Drea’s Dream grew through the years because of Pazzaz dancers’ compassion for others and a strong love of dance. Pazazz Performers have let their hearts move their feet and made big things happen for so… read more

The Global Reach of Inspiration!

When Amy Tinkham and I decided to create The Global Dance Initiative, we had one ultimate goal. To spark inspiration globally! We both so strongly believe that one spark can ignite the world. Colleen Perry, of Free2BeMe Dance, is the perfect example of INSPIRATION! From the Czech Republic, Colleen received an email from a mom, inspired and hoping to help… read more

DIAVOLO’s The Veterans Project.

On Saturday, May 21st, The DIAVOLO Institute held its first Veterans Movement Workshop at Bob Hope Patriotic Hall. Under the leadership of Project Director Stephan Koplowitz, Institute Director Dusty Alvarado, and Community Liaison Arianne MacBean, thirteen Veterans fearlessly committed themselves to creative and collaborative movement exercises during phase one of DIAVOLO’s The Veterans Project. Amongst the participants was a Navy Seal, an… read more

ABLE-Minded

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the word “disabled.” It is an all-encompassing statement. It insinuates that a person is less than adequate… lacking functional qualifications…. Using the label creates an invisible hierarchy of overall worth. What has become clear to me over time, dancing with a community that is labeled as “disabled,” is that often times these… read more

Drea’s Dream

Global Dance Initiative HERO, The Andréa Rizzo Foundation provided tickets to Radio City’s production of the Spring Spectacular with the Rockettes and Derek Hough of Dancing With The Stars … for a young Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) patient. Below is a mother’s note to the foundation that we wanted to share with you so that you can see… read more

One World… One Language

As the Global Dance Initiative builds it’s heartbeat, I am finding myself more and more amazed at the work being done in the world – using DANCE to improve the lives of others. As new Heroes are emerging, my faith is building more and more – that we just might help improve this crazy world of ours – one step… read more

Fostering Dreams Through Dance

I’ll never forget sitting in a circle talking to the homeless girls at FreeHab about what dance has done for them and the impact it’s had on their life. They each had something special to say but shared one thing in common. That common thread was that dance showed them they can achieve something when they put their mind to… read more

No Worries Now

Prom Night is a milestone event in any young person’s life. A night to get dressed up, have a fancy dinner, and dance with your friends. A prom is capable of transporting young people out of the routine of their daily lives and into a special night that seems radiant—as if anything could happen. It’s a kind of magic that… read more

INsideOUT

I’ve been dancing all my life. Without realizing it, dance during my childhood years was an emotional salve for a lot of painful and uncomfortable experiences. Shyness in groups, hiding for fear of being seen, self-induced perfectionism. When I showed up at the dance studio every day after school, all my fear, vulnerability and pain came out through the movement,… read more

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