the collective journal


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


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

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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