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Esperanza Dance Project is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization.

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TESTIMONIALS

"THE CHOREOGRAPHY IS BRILLIANT. THE STUDENT NARRATION WAS A GREAT IDEA AND THE MUSIC WAS MOST APPROPRIATE. YOUR AUDIENCE REALLY RELATED TO THE PIECE... THE STUDY GUIDES PROVIDED VALUABLE INFORMATION."

-Joan Ashcraft, Ph.D., Tucson Unified School District Director of Fine and Performing Arts/Opening Minds through the Arts

"THE ESPERANZA EXPERIENCE IS PROFOUND FOR ALL STUDENTS: PERFORMERS AND AUDIENCES ALIKE. ALL INCREASE THEIR LEVEL OF COMPASSION FOR AND THEIR ABILITY TO SUPPORT THE EMPOWERMENT OF SURVIVORS AND COME AWAY WITH TOOLS FOR HELPING VICTIMS OWN THE FACT THAT IT WAS NOT THEIR FAULT."

-Kirsten Cook, MA, LPC, retired counselor, University High School

“THE AUDIENCE ASKED SUCH INSIGHTFUL QUESTIONS: ‘HOW CAN WE BE ALLIES TO SOMEONE WHO HAS SUFFERED CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ASSAULT?’ ‘HOW DO WE TALK TO OUR FRIENDS ABOUT THIS?’ ‘WHAT DO WE DO WHEN WE KNOW SOMEONE WHO MIGHT BE SUICIDAL?’ I WAS SO INCREDIBLY HAPPY THAT WE GOT PEOPLE TALKING, AND EVERYONE IN THE AUDITORIUM SEEMED TO BE GENUINELY INTERESTED IN WHAT WAS BEING DISCUSSED. I FELT VERY HUMBLED THAT DAY.”

-Nic Varela, dancer

“IDENTITY AND PERSONAL BOUNDARIES, ABUSE AND HARASSMENT, ADDICTION AND TRANSFORMATION, HOPE AND HEALING WERE NOT GENERALLY TOPICS OF DISCUSSION OVERHEARD IN THE CAFETERIA AT LUNCH. ESPERANZA CHALLENGED AUDIENCE MEMBERS TO ENGAGE, NOT RUN AWAY FROM, THESE IMPORTANT TOPICS … THE ESPERANZA DANCE PROJECT BRINGS HONESTY, HUMAN CONNECTION AND A SENSE OF PURPOSE TO HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AT A TIME WHEN THEY NEED IT THE MOST. MY EXPERIENCE WITH ESPERANZA WAS TRANSFORMATIVE – BUT I AM JUST ONE OF MANY WHO HAVE BEEN TOUCHED, STRETCHED AND MOVED BY THE ESPERANZA DANCE PROJECT.”

–Allyson Yoder, alumna

“MY HEART FELT LIKE IT TOOK A HIT FROM A BAT, AND TEARS WELLED UP IN MY EYES AS A SMILE BEGAN TO GROW ON MY FACE. MY DANCING HAD CHANGED THIS STUDENT'S LIFE, AND CONVINCED THEM THAT THEIR LIFE IS WORTH LIVING. AT THAT VERY MOMENT, I KNEW THAT WHAT I WAS DOING WAS IMPORTANT. FOR MY ENTIRE LIFE, DANCING HAD ONLY BEEN THERE TO MAKE ME HAPPY, BUT NOW, IT IS THERE TO MAKE OTHERS HAPPY.”

–Zoe DeFalco, dancer

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