Thursday, June 27, 2013

First Step Dance :: Briana Pray :: Philadelphia, PA Dance Teacher

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


Tamar SB said...

Break a leg girls!!! Dancing lights up not only the audiences' lives but the dancers too!

Tracy P. said...

Oh my gosh, I would totally be there! What a breathtaking gift she is giving to these girls! Beautifully captured, Miss Becky.

Jessica @FoundtheMarbles said...

You do such a stunning job of telling a story with few words and many photographs. It consistently amazes me. Good luck girls!!

Souffle Bombay said...

What a great story! Wonderful job Briana, I hope you cry happy tears tonight! Girls -knock 'em dead and dance your little feet off!! Whoo!!

Skeller said...

Beautiful Briana! Beautiful girls!! I so wish I lived near enough to attend their show; I know they'll be fabulous!

Mommy Entourage said...

Adorable! My daughter does dance too, I just love it.

Lauryn said...

Briana sounds like an amazing role model for these girls. Kudos to people like this. Our world needs them. I hope the performance was just as beautiful as these pictures!

Caseybumpinalong said...

Oh my goodness! Beautiful pictures of beautiful girls! And what a beautiful story.

photowannabe said...

Beautiful and amazing.
So proud of all of them.
Such a wonderful tribute to perseverance and lovely photos of these women of the future.

So happy I could finally get into your blog and see the pictures.

You are A++++ in my book Becky.

Carrie said...

My heart is in love with this! Bri is an amazing young woman showing these girls so much by her consistency and love. Amazing.

richies said...

Awesome story - and photos:)
An Arkies Musings

/SBA said...

triumph most often comes in the midst of turmoil. excellent photos depicting such.

/SBA said...

triumph most often comes in the midst of turmoil. excellent photos depicting such.

/SBA said...

triumph most often comes in the midst of turmoil. excellent photos depicting such.

Andrew John said...

What a brilliant story Briana. It is true that talent and triumph comes out in the hours of grief and turmoil. I am so glad that Briana made it through. Apart from that dance is the most wonderful medium to express. It helps a person let loose. As a mother I love to buy dance related things for my little baby from since I realize it is such a beautiful form of expression. All the best Briana!

Christina said...

I would have loved, loved, loved to see this performance!! What a phenomenal young woman, and what beautiful, talented young ladies she is working with. Your pictures have captured some amazing stories, just like magic! But it's better than are so gifted, Becky!