Dancers 4 Suicide Awareness

suicide awareness
Let’s face it. The The industry is still recovering from all that’s happened over the past two years. It’s been a difficult time for many dancers.

Even though we’re on a path to fully recover, some of the familiar dance landscape has changed. It can be a confusing time.

Maybe it’s a good day to remember we’re a community of creatives with a unique way to speak out on many important issues.

Today, we’re reminded of the time when Robert Schultz, choreographer and friend of A4D, was moved by a performance by Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington that inspired Robert to create a video employing the expression that transcends words … DANCE.

Robert created the piece months before Bennington’s death by suicide. Heartbroken in the aftermath, Robert turned to Facebook to share his video hoping to make a difference.

Robert’s video encourages others to reach out when life seems hopeless; ‘Linkin Park was a voice and many really never discuss the topic of suicide. I feel as an artist we have a platform not only to entertain, but to bring awareness through our art.’

And while there are so many good things happening now on this side of the pandemic, we encourage you to watch the video and maybe share it with someone who is hurting. Be sure to take a moment to read Robert’s message in the credits:

Let’s be kind to every single soul.
This video is for all those that feel alone or feel like they’re not enough.
We are here for you and you are enough. 

Words are so powerful, so let’s be completely aware of how we speak to others.
We can truly change the world one soul at a time. 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline