‘I have a house dance move’
My house dance routine is a staple in my life, so much so that I’ve created a special choreography to help me remember it.
But the dance moves are not always what I need to get the job done.
“It’s really important that we learn how to get on the right foot in a situation, how to work well with others, and that we all can have fun,” said Tracey, an artist, dancer, and mother of three.
Tracey is a member of the Dancers’ Collective of Southern California.
It’s a nonprofit group that connects local artists with a nationwide network of dancers.
Tracey says the Dances Collective of Northern California is a model for all of the groups in her community.
She says she’s been a member for two decades.
“I’ve always been interested in my family, so it was always fun to see how they are,” she said.
The Dancers Collective of the Northern California also has a dance program, but they’re a part of the Dancing Together Initiative of Southern Utah, an organization dedicated to empowering women and girls.
“Our dance program is a part-time program for women that have never done it before, but who want to get into dance,” said Kristy, who was in her first year of dancing at a dance school when Tracey was a student.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for women who don’t have that experience to learn,” Kristy said.
Kristy said she was impressed by Tracey’s dedication to her family and friends.
“She has a special bond with her family, and she really does care about them,” she added.
“The thing about her family is that they’re really good at what they do, so they’re willing to do whatever it takes to make sure that they get their dreams come true,” Tracey said.
“We have a very big community here and she has a lot of friends that are very supportive of her,” said Kathy, another dancer.
They say Tracey is an inspiration to many young women.
“For a lot [of] us, dancing is about the camaraderie of being a part and you can’t be out there without people watching you,” said Kelly, another Dancers collective member.
“You don’t know where it’s going to go, but you’re trying to make it better, so that’s the most important thing to her, to be a part,” said Shannon, a dancer.
“My sister and I have been dancing since we were very young,” said Emily, another member.
Emily says she hopes Tracey has a bright future in the dance world.
“If she can make it through this, she’ll be one of the many young people who are dancing,” she says.ABC News’ Brian Nieves contributed to this report.