In December of 2017, Barrio Alegria and Breast Cancer Support Services partnered up to give birth to the Cancer Warrior Project. This storytelling Through Dance project engages survivors in restorative choreographies that address the issues of illness, struggle, and healing. The project will be presented at “El Poder del Rosado” gala on April 28, at the Abraham Lincoln Ballroom.
We had the great pleasure and luck of working with Sharon on this project and would like to share her thoughts on the project.
Stay tuned for a video interview of choreographers and participants!Barrio: Why did you choose to participate in this project?
Sharon: The idea of providing cancer survivors an opportunity to explore the potential for deep emotional expression and healing by introducing dance into their lives appealed to me.
Barrio: What has your personal experience with cancer been?
Sharon: There was one woman I knew relatively well who endured and survived breast cancer treatment, though I have heard of countless others from a distance.
Barrio: What have you learned from the Cancer Warrior Project beyond dancing?
Sharon: I was not aware that there were efforts like these to help cancer survivors. It did not occur to me how deeply traumatic battling cancer can be and the level of post-support that is needed. This project made me generally more aware.Barrio: What would you like viewers to get from the story portrayed that they don’t already know about cancer and its effects?
Sharon: To gain further awareness so they can genuinely support and encourage women in their lives who may go through this experience.
Barrio: Would you recommend someone to participate in these types of projects? Why?
Sharon: I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t benefit from this kind of project, but I’d especially recommend those who are working to reclaim a part of their lives from trauma to give it a try. Dance can be liberating and provide the opportunity to discover joy once again.