Trillium Performing Arts Collective is an breath of fresh air for everyone in WV and beyond. I have been touched by many Trillium people/events but mainly by Trillium Performing Youth (TPY). I began dancing with The Dance Studio/Trillium at the age of 3, and performed with TPY from 1998-2002. I knew as a child that dance would forever be a part of my life, but I am confident that Trillium and TPY fostered the strong love of performing that I have today. TPY joins youth with one common bond, the love of movement. Students are fortunate to experience a weekly technique class, rehearsal time, and performances in either local elementary schools or nursing homes. TPY also provides the opportunity to take classes with guest artists and to perform work in the West Virginia Dance Festival held each year in Charleston, WV. I believe the training that I received through Trillium has enhanced my performance strength, and allowed me to excel. I have performed with two professional companies, one of which performed as guest artists in one of Trillium’s spring concerts. I will forever come home to perform with the persons who were responsible for my success. My strong relationship with my Trillium has given me endless performance opportunities as a guest artist, including Friday Night Alive, the annual Garden Party, and many spring concerts. Always, I am recognized as an alumnus of TPY, and feel honored to have been a member of such a rewarding group. Trillium gives children through adults a place to be creative and allows all performers to feel that they can truly excel. I think I can speak for all former and current members in saying that the value one gains is priceless. During these economically challenging times, the arts are the first to be hit, which makes the financial support of performing arts even more important. Trillium Performing Arts is a much deserving program that is worthy of support at the highest level!