Tonight is the First Step Dance School's premier performance.
For 10 months, Briana Pray, has been working with her girls.
Night after night she has practiced with the girls.
She has called to them from the steps of the Community Center.
She has called over into the housing project where so many of them reside.
Come and dance.
Come and learn.
Come and feel special.
And they have.
A year ago in June, the 29th to be exact, Briana lost her job.
It was a frightening time.
Briana quickly found a new job at a local community center.
The job was part time.
She could be a dance teacher to girls in the community.
Briana has been a dancer her entire life, so she quickly agreed to this position.
The hours have not been ideal.
The parent involvement has been minimal,
yet, Briana has remained a steadfast anchor for these girls.
Tonight they will dance their hearts out.
They will leap and laugh.
Briana has taught them that they matter.
They can be anything they want to be in the world.
Anything at all.
We can't wait to sit in the audience and be mesmerized by their performance.
Thank you for making a difference in the city of Philadelphia, Bri.
Your light shines so bright.
If you live near the city and would like to see some amazing little dancers tonight, please come!
Hank Gathers Recreation Center
2501 W. Diamond Street
Philadelphia, PA 19121
Showtime: 7:00 PM