Julie Lyles Carr: Oh What a Night!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Oh What a Night!

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What a night.

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It's hard to know even where to begin.

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This was our third 2dance2dream recital.
Our biggest.
With the largest number of dance schools and dance companies participating, all helping raise funds, awareness and celebration for our 2dance2dream dancers.

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Warning: tons of pictures ahead. The amazing Shannon Lafayette donated her time and talent to the evening.

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From Austin-area student companies to dance professionals, the evening Take the Stage was an amazing experience in the art and heart of dance for people of all abilities.

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I wish there was some way to convey just how magically the show unfolded, how much enthusiasm the audience brought for the dancers, how much joy and love was exchanged and received.

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So I suppose I'll just let Shannon's pictures do the talking.

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Alisa's Dance Academy, Balance Dance Studios, Evolution Dance Center and The Dance Spot, all from the Austin-area, each brought pieces from their competition companies. And we were thrilled to have the owner of our newest campus in Murfreesboro, TN, on hand for the evening, Cole Freeman with Dance Star! Austin professional company Reverence Dance Project also performed, as did Pivot Dance.

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So thankful for these amazing studio owners, their huge hearts, their vision for seeing the dance world expand to include people of all abilities. Our 2dance2dream dancers are so thankful for their generosity and love.

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A huge shout-out to Enterprise for their generous grant to the 2dance2dream program. And we are so thankful for the army of volunteers who helped put together our most successful silent auction to date! We are also thankful for 2nd Generation for capturing the whole evening on video.

The trophy ceremony at the end of the evening was simply electric. It is just an honor to see our 2dance2dream kids receive their trophies for all their hard work for the year.  Thank you to Crown Trophy for helping make these awards so special!  And also to LifeAustin for so generously hosting the 2dance2dream Take the Stage event!

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There just isn't thanks enough to fully express our gratitude for the amazing people who donated, performed, prayed, cheered, photographed, helped, set up, cleaned up, celebrated. Thank you so much for giving the gift of dance.

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Legacy of Hope Austin
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You can see more of the pictures from this great night by going to the Take the Stage online album.




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