Before there was New Expression, there was Random Acts of Theatre Company (affectionately, RATCo). The story of this program at its flagship location in Selma, Alabama, was artfully told through a documentary called I WILL DANCE. The program lives on today as New Expression and the film can now live on as a household name as online downloads of the film are NOW AVAILABLE!
You can rent or buy, and all proceeds will go to the programs of Something New.
Check out the film trailer and purchase the movie at www.IWILLDANCEMovie.com.
Contributed by Shania
Hey my name Shania! I got to do this really cool thing with Kleenex and Sheyann Webb. Check it out HERE. I had a whole lot of fun making this and spending the day with Sheyann. She has been a big inspiration to me for a long time. Seeing the courage she had at a young age to stand up for what she knew was right has given me the courage to stand up too. Even though she was only 8, she knew she could make an impact. For me that is an inspiration because sometimes I can think that what I have to say may not be as important because I am young, but that is not what she did. So I thought it was an awesome experience doing that with her and Kleenex.
I have been in New Expression since I was 5. New Expression has really shown me that I have a voice and that I can make a difference. In school I got bullied a lot for not being like other people or just being different, and it really hurt a lot. Then when I came to New Expression I found more confidence and my voice, and it really made me want to stand up for the people that also get bullied or don’t have a voice. New Expression has really given me courage and is a place I found freedom just to be me.
To learn more about Shania’s story of integrating Morgan Academy, CLICK HERE. This was a video done by the Freedom Foundation prior to rebranding as Something New and New Expression!
Contributed by Promise Farnsworth.
Self described as tall, kind and brown skinned, Patricia is a passionate spokesperson for human rights in her hometown of Selma, AL. She recently traveled to Larkspur, CO to perform at a fund raising event for Something New where she spoke with confidence about John Lewis – someone who inspires her to make a difference and stand up for the people in her own town that can’t speak for themselves.
The winter season of New Alternative break is well under way down in Selma! Our local New Expression youth love jumping in on trivia night (one of the most popular evening programs we offer to our breakers). It’s a great opportunity for the Selma youth to learn about people from places very different from where they live, and a great way for the students to learn more about this place.