• David Spadavecchia

Tianna Brown

Updated: Dec 17, 2019

Ph: Sergio D. Spadavecchia / Creative Spades

Every Penny Counts When Chasing Dreams

Tianna Brown has dreamed of being a dancer for as long as she can remember. From the the little girl who taught her stuffed animals to dance, to the determined teenager willing to take on any challenge her passion dictates, her journey has been nothing short of remarkable. As Brown grew from an 8 year old donning her first tutu, to the tender 10 year old who understood that this would be her journey in life, she was but a fledgling when she began making major life choices in order to follow her bliss.

“Choices in school began getting harder,” Brown admitted, “I quit choir and basketball so that I could dance, but I was now getting to the point where it wasn’t about me, but the art form itself. It was about the way I could make the audience feel what I feel in the dance. It was now all about making people hear the music differently.”

When she entered into the ninth grade, Brown had to make the most difficult sacrifice yet - in order to maintain her dance classes, she would have to leave the public school system and become home-schooled.

“It was hard, doing that my freshman year. None of my friends understood, many stopped talking to me. I don’t let that bother me though, I know what I want with my life, and if they can’t stand by me now, they could never do it later.” Brown said, displaying a wisdom beyond her years.

Ph: Sergio D. Spadavecchia / Creative Spades

Her sophomore year marked yet another time of increased responsibilities, but unlike many teenagers, some were responsibilities she insisted on having. Brown asserted that she help her mother with the household bills, and after much begging, her mother finally relented and allowed her to get her first job. With her already constrained schedule, hectic didn’t even begin to describe Brown’s days, but it simply redoubled her efforts.

“It then became school, work, then off to dance. I worked harder than I ever had, because I had something to fight for. I got to go to dance at the end of the day.“

This past January, Brown auditioned for 21 different dance intensives. These intensives are offered to advanced dancers that show promise, dedication, drive and discipline.

Two weeks after the audition, Brown received her results: she was not only accepted for the summer intensive at the Joffrey Ballet School, but also into their year round training program!

While this paints a happy picture of Brown’s hard work and dedication paying off, and her dreams coming true, yet another challenge has placed itself in her path - she can’t afford to go.

“I am really excited to be able to go, but I know my mom can’t afford it alone. I am doing little things here and there to raise money. I am having a garage sale, a movie night and selling calendars I made myself. It’s not a lot, but I always say, every penny counts! I am working on other ways to save money, the only other thing I have is a GoFundMe account. I would appreciate any help, or ideas to help raise the money.”

This is a link to Brown’s GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/2gujn98 and like she says, every penny counts! If you would like to support and change the life of this amazingly focused and optimistic young woman, then please donate today! Tianna Brown and her family are deeply grateful for any help they can get that will bring Tianna one step closer to living the dream she has worked so hard to achieve!

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