I have attended two of Dance Detour's perfomances and left both in awe. Myhistory with Alana began in our high school years, she has always had the spirit and enthusiasm that one needs to create such a wonderful dance troop. After my first experience I insisted that two of my closest friends attend the second show as I wanted them to actually see what strong spirited young adults can produce. The dancers that are disabled are so extremely skilled that it leaves you with the feeling of, one must continue to shoot for the stars. Anything is attainable!
On numerous occasions I have been privileged to bear witness to the incredible and inspiring talents of Dance Detour and its founder, Alana Wallace. I am in more awe each time I attend performances. I leave each time with a renewed commitment to be the best I can and not accept anything but optimum standards and results in my life. I support this group unequivocally! Moreover, I believe if Dance Detour could secure "sustained" funding...then more people would come away uplifted and motivated to offer their "best" to themselves and the world...as does Dance Detour.
I had the pleasure of attending a performance of Dance Detour last year and it changed my perspective on life. Witnessing the beautiful dancing of people of different abilities invalidated all of the excuses I had for not striving to reach my full potential. The strength, courage and determination of the performers was illuminated in every dance and touched my soul. The spoken word artist was incredible also, her stories helped me understand some of the difficulties the Muslim community faced after September 11, 2001. I left the performance inspired to revive some of the dreams that I had let die over the years because I listened to people who told me that they were impossible. I told myself that I would believe in myself more and complain about life's challenges less. Dance Detour is a true testament of it's founder Alana Wallace whose beauty, poise, grace and determination makes her an excellent role model for all women.