American Cancer Society hosts the one of largest Breast Cancer Fund Raising Drives in major cities across America every October, Making Strides against Breast Cancer. Ever since I was diagnosed in 2007, I have been advocating for people to get involved. Debbie Thomas has been leading the charge of Strides in Nashville for several years. My involvement has encompassed several areas. Debbie has given me opportunities to bring some new ideas to the event also. This year I am thrilled to introduce participants of Making Strides Nashville to a special performance on Oct. 22nd as a way of saying thank you for all the donations you have raised and to inspire others.
Several years ago I met Justin Jenkins. He use to dance with Southern Movement, a dance
crew that had competed on MTV’s hit show
America’s Best Dance Crew, produced by
Randy Jackson of America Idol fame. Justin was raised in Memphis and went to MTSU
for college. He toured with the group Southern Comfort and eventually landed up
staying in Nashville and finding a home here.
|Justin & Taylor Jenkins of Diamond Academy of Dance|
Justin could not leave his incredible skill sets behind and innate talent thus began teaching in dance studios. He finally started teaching at what he learned was one of the top dancing studios in Nashville, Diamond Studio of Dance in Mt. Juliet. Its standard of excellence was most definitely only improved with Justin on staff teaching hip-hop.
The owner, Taylor Corlew has built a life devoted to dance, from a young age, winning many awards for all styles of dance and getting certified as a teacher in Chicago. Taylor has been
touched by cancer in her own family. The two of them, Justin
and Taylor recently married this past May!
Their entire staff is committed to their students, young and old. Emphasis is the importance of good health, which
is not just exercise but a strong mental attitude. The studio embraces
prevention of disease and stress by being positive with their students and
encouraging them in all their live pursuits.
Their values emphasized are the same that the American Cancer Society
knows decreases not only cancer but all illnesses.
|Mr. & Mrs. Justin Jenkins|
Justin is a natural fit for working with Making Strides. He is compassionate, enjoys working for a cause that affects so many others, and feels strongly about healthy lifestyles. Justin has said realizing large numbers of women of all ages are getting diagnosed with breast cancer is even more concerning since he works with so many females at the studio. Last year he and his close friend from Southern Movement, Kemmian Beard of Bearded Productions, choreographed and produced a Dance Flash Mob downtown at Bridgestone Arena in downtown Nashville. This performance brought local dancers and the Titan cheerleaders together with local media to highlight our event and the importance of Breast Cancer Awareness.
This year, Justin is coming back to raise the roof the day of the event on center stage! To show the importance his studio and he personally has towards decreasing cancer risks by exercising to maintain a good healthy lifestyle, he will be performing with two very special young ladies and members of Diamond Dance Studio’s Dance Team.
Amira Domenique Doss (14 yrs) and Morgan Elyce Doss (12) are both hearing impaired
Amira and Morgan dance, as they did last year in the Flash Mob, but this year with Justin Jenks, their teacher and mentor on stage. They will again be joined on stage to give a show-stopping performance. The purpose of this dance it to celebrate Making Strides for all in the field of Breast Cancer and to encourage others to care. These girls are kind-hearted, bright and great students. They could do many things with their talent but are committed also to wanting to step up and show their grandmother this cause matters to them and her life is a blessing in theirs. Their dance is also a lesson to show, yes, even those with challenges facing adversity can persevere with faith and accomplish their dreams. You can make it through a breast cancer diagnosis just like these girls can learn to dance without perfect hearing!
Regina, the girls’ mother has been having her daughters’ dance and compete for Diamond Academy for several years now. She is grateful for the opportunity to contribute to breast
|Amira, Regina (Mom) & Morgan|
Cancer can be scary and all who have faced it will say it knocks you initially off your feet. But with major hurdles in our life, taking on an attitude like Amira and Morgan, we can survive and, we can do more.
Justin’s choreography is upbeat and entertaining, it is about a celebration of life! This dance is proof we can all dance, we can all dance during our lifetime, and we just have to have the
will. All of his dancers celebrate not just dancing but joy of
being together, of helping others in this cause and being a part of something
bigger than just the dance. Justin
believes that coming together is about building his students up so that they
are better people, so that they learn to build others up. Making Strides
believes this is the nature of Nashville also; we support each other and we
come together. We are stronger people,
and we can beat this nasty disease breast cancer eventually. Each year, Making
Strides Nashville’s donations go up and participant numbers go up.
|Justin Jenkins & Morgan|
I hope you all will contemplate the meaning of this dance and not just the quality of their dancing when you attend. We can overcome if we donate, volunteer and walk this year. And definitely, plan on supporting these three as they hit the stage. Make noise for all the other students that perform as well knowing that are equally excited to be a part of this event! Show the love for a young man with amazing talent who freely shares it simply because he wants the future of his students brighter and is devoted to a cause that matters, strides in breast cancer.
|The girls & their Grandmother (Breast Cancer Survivor)|
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