Suicide Prevention & Good Mental Health
Suicide Awareness Gala Events
to raise awareness, eliminate stigma & increase mental health resources in collaboration with government, mental health organizations and the dance community. By uniting the world of dance together in hope & solidarity, Dance for Life brings voice to an emotionally difficult subject & eliminates the stigma of mental health issues in an annual joyful event with high-profile guests, dignitaries & speakers including a silent auction, master classes & scholarship opportunities with special guest dance stars, wellness workshop, and shows with top dance talent throughout Utah, Florida & eventually nationwide.
New Year Hope Gala Masquerade Ball
for Mental Health
bringing dignitaries, state leaders, donors, foundation heads, corporate leaders, mental health organizations and philanthropists passionate about mental health to come together for a formal posh evening focused on stomping out the stigma of mental health & raising funding for suicide prevention & mental health programs. Evening includes social hour, fine dining, music, entertainment, special celebrity guest speakers, and dancing with tuxedos and chiffon while ringing in a new year of hope.
School Anti-Bullying Self-Esteem Performing Arts
ABSEPA outreach school program in partnership with professional dance companies designed to focus on respect for others and self while eliminating bullying in all forms through an entertaining and educational assembly for elementary, middle and high schools followed by a confidence-building dance workshop with a look at the beauty of the performing arts while focusing on loving self, being inclusive of others and kindness-building among students to bring all into a community of friendship and respect with script certified by SAVE. Schools will be invited to attend September event with discounted tickets.
Ambassador Club School Program
in partnership with Wolf Pact and Dream to Dance Dare to Dream nonprofit, the after-school monthly Dance for Life ABSEPA Ambassador Club will provide a self-esteem workshop using certified SAVE Wolf pact curriculum, service & volunteer opportunities for Dance for Life events & partner organizations, dance classes, and friendship building & outreach to at-risk students in the school. Schools will provide Ambassador Club Advisors to oversee the after-school program with hopes to develop strong, happy and confident youth for elementary, middle & high schools.
Annual Matinee Ballet La Vie Performance
held each September as part of suicide awareness gala event with professional and amateur ballet company performances, master classes with guest star ballet instructors, ballet scholarship opportunities, and opportunity for ABSEPA school ambassador club members to perform, engage with and learn from the top ballet talent in the state & beyond.
in dance studios to provide dancing opportunities to potential dancers with exceptional natural ability who do not have the financial means to pay for the expenses of dance training.
in partnership with dance party companies in encouraging the young and young at heart including high school and college students, adults & elderly to get out & dance through regular dance parties and events! Additional dance programs for encouraging dance for all ages to promote
in-person communications, friendship building & healthy social relationships with hopes to reduce technology and social media dependence in a positive, fun environment while building good mental health and confidence! Regular dancing reduces depression, anxiety and the potential for dementia in the elderly & makes dancers smarter & happier.
Podcast & Blog
Dance for Life is developing and will be launching a weekly blog and podcast with monthly themes focusing on different aspects of mental health on how to deal with suicidal thoughts, fear, anxiety, depression, loneliness, isolation, failure and the impact of suicides in families as well as building stronger self-esteem and confidence, using therapeutic benefits of extra-curricular activities such as dance & the performing arts, and finding more joy out of life even during very difficult times.
Hope for the Homeless
Dance for Life will add Mental Help for the Homeless as part of our mission. We walk by. We see. We look the other way. It is time to help some of our most vulnerable to get mental health resources and become more.