Blind Dance Troupe Empowers People With Disabilities


Greg Shane, the founder of CRE Outreach is working to empower others like him with disabilities through theater and dance.

Shane, who was born blind in one eye, leads a performing arts troupe made up of disabled artists based out of their studio in Santa Monica.

"Going to school, I got teased, called blind kid, 'one-eyed jack' and 'pirate man.' These names really hurt."

When he was 12, he discovered his love of magic and almost 10 years later is when he founded his non profit.

One of Shane's star performers is Sylvia Taylor, a former back up singer who lost her sight when she was 40 years old.

Once her sight left her, she says she was afraid to leave her home for 7 years.

"Depression set in, and I went into this reclusive state. I just would not go outside."

She says what gave her hope was when she found the blind dance company and rediscovered her love of performance.

"I didn't understand what was waiting for me up the road. I just had to get up and dust myself off and keep it moving."

Hydeia Muhammad is one of the main choreographers and teaches the students by letting them feel her body as she does the moves.

"I feel like this process has helped all of them make them more confident and fearless knowing there's a lot of things they're told they can't do. This shows them they can do it. I see so much transformation that happens right before my eyes every day. And having that ability to be part of that is truly incredible."

If you or anyone you know is interested in CRE Outreach, check out their website HERE.


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