Total loan: $1,000


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Ottawa, IL, United States / Arts

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Julie's story

I have been dancing my entire life. My mother started me in dance classes when I was two because I was born with immature hip sockets, and the doctor said dance would be a way to strengthen my legs. Then when I was 11, my dad passed away. Dance became an escape for me, it was my safe and happy place. I have toured the country with dance conventions, taught at several different studios, and now own my own studio, and I have seen how dance can change a child’s life for the better first hand. I aim to help the kids who come from broken homes or have been affected by divorce or neglect or death, as I was. I also share my love for dance with my 11-year-old daughter and she is able to come with me to dance every day.