Tanya's Changing Lives with VSA Texas

VSA Texas

Ever since I was a little girl, I've had a secret dream of being a dancer. But, as a person living with Cerebral Palsy, I never imagined it could come true. In fact, before discovering VSA Texas, I had horrible stage fright. Now, 10 years later, I am proud to say I moved from a scared young woman who read poetry with her back to the audience to a passionate dancer. It's amazing to see how much I have grown. I am comfortable in my skin. Sometimes when I'm performing, I feel like I'm flying.

Now as an accomplished artist, VSA Texas continues to help me in hone my craft by giving me opportunities to study with some of the dance world's top teachers and artists. For instance, Gerda König, artistic director and choreographer of DIN A 13 Dance Company, taught me how to be a better performer. Karen Nelson, a renowned contact improvisation dancer, introduced me to the power and beauty of the roll. Nina Martin of the Lower Left Dance Collective is how I learned to sense my follow dancers and move as if we were a flock of birds. Finally, Alito Alessi of DanceAbility International helped me to sense my body and build a dance community. Opportunities like these are priceless to me! They provide a safe place for me to challenge myself and grow as an artist.

Please consider a gift today. BE the reason artists like me follow their dreams!

$25 buys arts supplies for children attending one of our arts festivals like Art in the Park or White Cane Day.

$50 pays for provides professional development training for a teacher in the Creative Learning Initiative

$100 pays for an audio description receiver to assist patrons who are blind at theater and other events.

$350 sponsors a young person with a disability to participate in a New Media Arts summer camp.

$500 supports a Disabled Artist Veteran Writing Workshop

$1000 supports a 10-week teaching artist residency in a special education classroom.

$5000 underwrites a guest choreographer at our Body Shift Intensive, a partnership with Forklift Danceworks


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