There is a popular saying that goes, “If you meet someone who is able to turn pain into poetry, don’t let them go.” Beth Braun, a Disruptive Woman to Watch for 2016, has embodied those word by turning personal pain into beautiful performance art and, in the process of doing so, helping others to begin healing their own emotional and psychological wounds.
In 2011, Braun, a professional dancer and high school dance instructor, formed the Esperanza Dance Project in Tucson, Arizona. Dance has been at the core of Braun’s life since she was a young child, and it was dance that helped her cope with one of the most difficult times in her life, when she learned that her daughter had been sexually abused. She is now using her talents and experiences to help those who have suffered similar traumas.
The purpose of the Esperanza Dance Project is to succeed in “eradicating stigma, secrecy and shame associated with childhood sexual violence.” (more…)