We often picture young adults to be consumed with shopping, movies, and meals out. While this can be true, I happen to have some of the best young adults dancing with me for our up and coming show, “Something To Say” April 4-7 at the Vertigo Theatre in Calgary. Let me tell you why they go against the grain of most young adults;
- three separate dancers gave me $1000 each to rent the theatre. Their generosity amazed me and touched my heart, as I know it came from a place of sincerity and sacrifice. While most dancers beg for government grants, these dancers put their money where their passion is and decided to invest in something for a greater good.
- one young adult gave up his whole day to come and film for a video trailer he is putting together for us just out of the kindness of his heart. He does amazing videography and photography! What a blessing for someone to donate time and talent to the show, but more, to the cause the show is presenting. (you can see more of Chris Matteo’s work at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chris-Matteo-Creative/271078356258852 )
– a local young adult artist is not only donating her work to be displayed for the show, but creating new works of art for the stage/foyer experience. (You should check out her work at http://harrietstanley.com)
– young hip hop professionals in our city such as Oliver Reyes, Corinne Vessey, Sabrina Naz, Tony Tran, Nicole Pemberton, Jason Galeos, and Gomo Cabarroguis have gone over and above the call of duty to lead rehearsals, making sure the dances are looking top notch.
- each dancer paid to dance in the show to cover expenses as a community, when many would want to dance for free.
And their generosity goes beyond monetary funds. Each of them have sacrificed time, energy, work, school to make this show happen by arranging on their own extra rehearsals, practicing hard and giving up a day to film our trailer. When I think of these young adults, I can’t help but swell with pride.
It really shows me what can happen when a small community of people unite for a cause and choose to give their heart, soul, and yes, even hard earned money.
A little generosity goes a long way when everyone contributes. How can we encourage this among the community of people who surround us and what would be the result?!
Maybe we need to start giving young people something worth believing in? Perhaps their hearts yearn for something more meaningful and they’re just waiting for us to provide them with an opportunity?