September 12, 2014
We all know the quote, “Dance to express not to impress.” When it comes to our dance we express our moods, emotions, feelings, and situations we have gone or are going through. The ability to express these feelings through music breaks down all language barriers reaching the heart and soul of those that receive the message being sent.
How many times have we observed a performance on TV, movies, YouTube, or directly in front of us which greatly affected us based off the message we received from it. Some of the best dancers have the ability to translate music to movement making us really feel something.
One of those individuals to truly captivate a large audience sharing a strong message through movement is So You Think You Can Dance All-Star, Courtney Galiano. More than ever Galiano shares her passion of dance with a strong, personal message to beat Multiple Sclerosis having been diagnosed with the disease around 2011-2012.
“As some of you may know, I have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. It was a lot to process, there are good days and bad days but despite any of those things, I feel it is my duty to get involved, raise awareness and find a cure for this debilitating disease and I will use the platform I have been given to do just that.
We are so excited to team up with the MS Society, an incredible organization. MS may stop people from moving but this movement works there hardest to prevent that. A portion of every registration will go to the MS Society. WITH YOUR HELP I KNOW WE REALLY CAN BEAT MS,” Courtney says on THEBEATMS.com website.
The 2nd Annual Beat MS Dance Walk in Los Angeles will once again take participants on the latest craze, dance walking. That’s right! DANCE WALKING! Bumping music while you are walking and breaking it down all for raising awareness about MS. The event will also include “lessons from professional dancers, great performances, a raffle and silent auction. The event will end with a choreographed group performance, featuring YOU, which will be videotaped and posted to raise awareness for MS. Money will be raised through ticket sales and donations,” according to the website.
With over 600 people in attendance last year, the 2nd Annual Beat MS Dance Walk is anticipated to bring out even more to raise awareness and funds to beat MS. You never know who will show up as such last year when the likes of Adam Shankman (SYTYCD; Rock of Ages), D-Trix (SYTYCD; ABDC), Comfort Fedoke (SYTYCD; Step Up), Chelsie Hightower (SYTYCD; DWTS), dancers from Hit The Floor, and many others.
What is exactly is MS? “Multiple sclerosis (MS) involves an immune-mediated process in which an abnormal response of the body’s immune system is directed against the central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves,” stated on the THEBEATMS website.
We dance to express our moods, our experiences, our emotions, and feelings so we naturally gravitate to those with a message empowering ourselves. We couldn’t be more proud of Courtney and those involved with The Beat MS Dance Walk! Wishing nothing but success this year and years to come! If you have a chance to get to the event or donate we will include all links to do so below! DANCE TO EXPRESS!