Dance Interpretation of Breast Cancer

Author: Gloria Dunetz
July 23, 2009

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so_you_think_you_can_danceLast night I watched “So You Think You Can Dance” on Channel 5. It’s my favorite program on TV. Loving dancing the way I do it is inspirational in general to watch these wonderful dancers challenge their creativity every week. It’s just amazing. Last night they had a dance choreographed to tell the story of a Breast Cancer patient in dance. It was so real, so honest and so beautiful in its honesty there wasn’t a dry eye in the crowd. These 2 dancers expressed without words what it’s like to be a Breast Cancer victim. The torment, the need to continually fight back, the strength it takes emotionally and physically to just survive. I cried with everyone else for the fact that this disease continues to be on people’s minds and that 2 relatively young dancers could achieve that reality without a word spoken. Bravo!

As for me, every day is a gift. At this point in my struggle with this disease. 5 years, I still hold out the hope that great discoveries will be found in the near future to eradicate this dreadful disease. This is the reality – we need to find better & kinder drugs to treat Breast Cancer so that we who have a daily fight against this dreaded disease are able to live with Cancer and still have viable and productive lives.



  • Hi All-

    We discovered the Dig Pink event and this blog thanks to an e-mail to our head coach at Irvine Valley College. Tom Pestolesi has created a Breast Cancer Awareness event of our own for October 2, and we will keep you updated on our progress.

    As for Melissa and the performance from “So You Think You Can Dance?”, we are also proud to let our friends know that she is a member of our sterling Dance Ensemble here at the College. We’ve seen Melissa do these amazing things for a few years now, and were not surprised to see her rise in popularity as the show progressed.

    If you’d like to see more of Melissa, and some the amazing things she’s done with us at the College, check her stunning ballet and aerial performance on YouTube at:

    Thanks for the work you do on behalf of the cause, and we look forward to supporting your efforts here at Irvine Valley College.

    Keith Shackleford