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An awareness performance created by Joseph Alexander
This performance raised awareness, through the arts, and educated people about homelessness in New York City. In April 2014, there was an all-time record of 54,000 homeless people, and over 23,000 of them are youth. This performance is inspired by one of Mr. Alexander’s dance students.
She came up to him in class and said, “I will be late for rehearsal tomorrow because I’m moving into a homeless shelter.” Mr. Alexander recalls that he was actually in shock when the little girl said that to him. He conferred with Edward Morgan who responded that the little girl is very talented and mentally stable; his advice was that if she weren’t treated the same as everyone else, she wouldn’t be happy. “So I was afraid,” said Mr. Alexander, “but I turned around and said, DON’T BE LATE! And the little girl looked at me and said, ‘Oh don’t worry Mr. Alexander, I already told my mama that we need to move early so we won’t be late!’” Not only did she do a great performance, but she was not late for rehearsal. Her excitement and enthusiasm for the ballet class blew Mr. Alexander away.
“Mass for the Ballet” brought together people from all walks of life.  Performers included ballet dancers, musicians, actors and singers. They communed together through the arts to raise consciousness about the homeless epidemic in New York City. “Earthly Love, Heavenly Spirits,” a pas de deux commemorating the death of Matthew Shepard who was murdered by Hate in October 1998, was brought back to stage.  It was first danced in October 2001 during The Anti Violence Project Benefit in which TheEdwardMorganBallet did a tribute to Shepard. Now 16 years after Shepard’s death, the pas de deux was danced  in honor of those LGBT homeless youth who died on the streets fighting to survive.

Proceeds Benefited Goddard Riverside
Goddard Riverside, a modern day settlement house, dates back more than 100 years and has been one of New York City’s leading human service organizations, meeting the essential needs of more than 17,000 individuals each year. The organization is also a pioneer in the field of homeless outreach and services since the 1970's.
Actors & Dancers
Singer Songwriter - Stan Satlin
Artist - Debra Rapoport
Spoken Word
Mother Earth
Celestiena Trower
The Goddard Riverside Youth Theatre
Project - June Through October 2014

Goddard Riverside - Lead Youth Student
 Actress Dancer - Shamia Diaz

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