2017 Free Why We Dance Event: A Visual Journey

These pictures were taken by Ryan Henry, a loyal volunteer. All photos are from the 2017 Why We Dance free event at Forest Road Park in Fanwood, NJ. We’ll be holding the same free event later this year on Sunday, March 25, from 2:00 to 5:30 pm. These events are always a lot of fun, and we look forward to seeing you there. 🙂 Please click on Why We Dance to read press release.



2018 FREE Why We Dance Event Sunday, March 25

The ninth annual Why We Dance workshop will take place at Forest Road Park in Fanwood, on Sunday March 25, from 2-5:30 p.m.

This FREE event is open to the community and will include workshops on Hip Hop and Bollywood Belly dance.

Workshop leaders are Tatianna J Dorsey, Naleesa Jacob, Showoff and Saideh Browne.

Browne is a trainer, author, and has appeared on media outlets such as the Dr. Oz Show. She will be giving students tips about bullying and how to avoid it.

Dorsey has been working with Why We Dance for the past five years and will be teaching a contemporary hip hop class. She founded Pure Passion Dance Company in 2013.

Showoff is a DJ, dancer, model, actor and choreographer, and has worked with such hip hop artists at LL Cool J, P Diddy, Missy Elliot and Rah Digga in music and commercials. He will be teaching an Old Skool hip hop dance class.

The schedule for the day is:

Schedule for March 25
2:00-2:10 Registration
2:10-3 Bellydance by Nalessa
3:00-3:50 Old Skool HipHop by Showoff
3:50-4:00 water break and special dance
4:00-4:50 Contemporary HipHop by Tatianna
4:50-5:00 Snack Break
5:00-5:25 Motivation Talk on Bullying by Saideh Browne

This season is dedicated to Eddie Abdul Hackett, who passed away last month and was a long-time supporter of the group. Hackett, who lived in Morristown, New Jersey, supported his niece Candace Waller in this project. The dance was choreographed by Romainson Romain a regular on the dance show You Think You Can Dance.

“My uncle did a lot of work with children and the community,” Waller said. “Hundreds of people came out for his funeral, many sharing stories of how he helped them. He wanted to make the world a better place for children. We are going to do a special dance in tribute to him.”

The upcoming March 25 arts program is made possible in part by a HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

For more information on the classes and the festival, contact Coordinator Candace Waller at 908-432 2003 or whywedance@gmail.com.

A Fresh Start

Happy New YearI love when a new year comes in because I can make an assessment of the previous year and make changes. It has been widely reported that most people don’t keep their New Years Resolutions. My belief is that we are excited by the new year but quickly get hampered by the aftermath of the holidays, the snow/cold and feelings of melancholy.

It has been suggested that writing down our goals and putting them in a spot where we can see them helps us stay on track. I am going to share some of my goals with you readers.

#1 Make it my business to learn something new each week. (This could be from a course, free class at the library, an article or another person.)

#2 Network, network, network! Who you know will be so vital in 2011. Networking can help with getting a job, getting information and getting other things. Linkedin is a going to be huge this year.

#3 Taking care of me. This means watching all the sugar, fat and junk I put in my temple. No more stress eating!

#4 Dance, dance, dance! I teach dance once a week but I am going to be doing more dancing. It’s fun. It’s inexpensive. It’s good for the body and soul.

#5 Fast from complaining. We all spend too much time whining about how bad our lives are. Just stop!!! The negative energy is like a body on my back and I am going to release it. I can change things and you can too.

#6 Read something spiritual every day twice a day. I love reading my Bible and I am going to do more of it. I am encouraged by what the prophets went through and the promises God made to his people. This will be a part of my prayer life.

#7 Give, give, give. This is the year I am going to help somebody. Things aren’t what I want them to be but I can do my part to make them better for someone else. I don’t have to know them or like them.

#8 Forgiveness. That one word says it all. I am guilty on holding on to things that I have done and what has been done to me. Enough already! Our time is so limited here and anger is a prison sentence I don’t want to have. Forgiveness frees the mind, body and soul.

#9 Enjoy my life, friends, family and jobs. I am going to find something good about my world each day.

#10 Take a day of rest. God created the world in 6 days but on the 7th day He rested. I am going to take that day to rest and rejuvenate my mind, body and soul.

I would love to hear from readers their goals for 2011.

Greater Allen Cathedral Worship Conference 2010

I am so happy that I went to the Greater Allen Cathedral Worship Conference 2010 at the Greater Allen Cathedral in Jamaica Queens, New York (July 28-August 1, 2010). I went to the conference to get ideas about praise dancing, network with other dancers and leaders and just be poured into. Those of you who lead dance ministries can understand that sometimes being the leader is very draining.

Everyone at the conference was so friendly. I made contacts throughout the country and abroad. The instructors at this event were excellent. Attendees were given the opportunity to take technical dance classes, learn choreography and participate in several praise events including one that took place in the St. Albans park.

I came on Wednesday to register. The Reverend, Doctor Floyd Flake greeted everyone in the room. Rev. Flake is the shepard of the Greater Allen Cathedral. He was friendly and seemed very happy with the visitors. I really enjoyed hanging out in the bookstore. Ms. Yvonne Hunter helped me with my registration on the phone and she was so genuine and helpful.

I went into this conference extremely drained but I was started to feel a whole lot better the first day. The conference was set up so that participants took classes during the day and then attended worship services that night. Most of the attendees stayed a various hotels but my money situation didn’t allow me to do this. I missed the first day of worship services. I understand that Rev. Marvin Winans gave a great message

While attending a workshop lead by on Thursday I met a praying warrior. I was speaking with Catherine Q and telling her that I so wanted to attend the evening services but didn’t have anyone to get on the train back home. Catherine prayed with me and the presenter Naimah Lett. Ms. Lett is an actress and producer and a Christian. She talked about how to include drama in your dance ministry. I was so moved by her testimony and workshop.

Naimah has performed a one woman play and appeared in many television shows and movies. You can check out her site http://www.naimalett.com/ to learn more about this beautiful sister. I understand she is writing a book and I can’t wait to read it. I will be letting you guys know more about this because I signed up to be on her email list.

I didn’t think any more of the prayer. I just left my request with God and continued on my way. Not 15 minutes later while I was at lunch did I find someone who lived only a few minutes from me and who offered to pick me up and take me home each day of the conference. I was astounded and moved by how quickly that prayer had been answered. That was my second blessing regarding this conference.

Nikita really helped heal my heart and I want to thank her for helping me out this way.

I plan to include more tips and ideas I learned from the conference and would welcome hearing from you. please come back for more updates and to check out my photos.