the collective journal

In Flight Dance

Donna Russo and I, Tam Warner came together because we are both dealing with life altering conditions. The particulars are these: Donna was a professional dancer and I was a professional dancer, current choreographer. Donna has adult onset muscular dystrophy and I have coronary artery disease and a rare inflammatory disease. So, while Donna is in a slow decline, ultimately… read more

Free 2 Be Me

Daisy Mercado came to us 4 years ago and at that time, she hadn’t spoken a word to any of us in the dance program. Her sister, Karina, would bring her to dance class every Sunday and would let me know that Daisy was talkative and very friendly outside of dance even though she was shy at the studio. Then… read more

Drea’s Dream

When we experience the loss of someone we love – most especially a child – it’s almost impossible to figure out how to carry forward, and how to heal a heart that carries that person so deeply inside. I recently had the honor of meeting Susan Rizzo Vincent, the founder and spirit behind Drea’s Dream. Susan’s daughter was lost too young. … read more

Welcome to the Global Dance Initiative

Welcome to the Global Dance Initiative. I have been so blessed to be involved in the dance industry for the past 28 years. And although my work was on the business side, the positive energy has always enhanced my life, in a way that is difficult to put into words. Dance is an art form that is enjoyed by billions… read more

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