Why I am dancing for Young Audiences Arts for Learning
I was excited to support YA when I first learned about their mission to empower and educate through the arts. I never imagined that my support would entail dancing in front of friends, family, and total strangers! In addition to helping YA, I'll now learn a few new dance moves that should impress (and maybe embarrass) my wife and three kids!
In addition to supporting YA, I'm also dancing for my father who suffered a stroke 4 months ago. His speech and mobility continue to be compromised. This gala will be my father's first public event since his stroke, and my family is excited that he'll be with us! Seeing my father in his current condition does make me appreciate the fact that I'm able to dance for a good cause.
Steve's professional dance partner from Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Princeton
Lupita Martinez was born in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. Lupita started dancing at the young age of 4. Since then, her passion grew from traditional folk dances, to hip hop, and now she is pursuing a professional dance career in the ballroom industry. Lupita graduated from Dona Ana Community College in New Mexico with an Associates of Science, which enhanced her understanding of body movement in ballroom. She has always loved dancing, and decided to take her passion to the next level during her years of high school and college by joining a hip-hop dance team. After graduating, Lupita continued her training by learning the art of jazz dancing in heels. She then moved to New Jersey to pursue her dreams of becoming a professional dancer, and now has been teaching at Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Princeton since August of 2019.