In Motion Community Involvement Goes Global
Meet Stephanie Wilkins Taperek.
Stephanie is a native of Winston-Salem and spent many years dancing at In Motion. She and her husband, Kyle, have followed God’s call and currently live on the border of Thailand and Burma in Southeast Asia. They work as teachers and also serve as missionaries. They serve refugees from Burma who come to their school to gain access to education. For more than 60 years, Burma has been decimated and education would normally be unattainable to the people Stephanie and Kyle serve. In addition to teaching academics, Stephanie found a passion for teaching dance to children in the school.
“It is amazing how life can come full circle,” she stated. As a young dancer at In Motion years ago, Stephanie could have never imagined that life would bring her back to In Motion…and for such a wonderful reason. Last year, she began a dance group for the students in her village in order to help foster in them the same character traits that she gained during her time at In Motion: confidence, perseverance, responsibility, team work, and more. She wanted her girls, most of which live the majority of the year away from their families, to feel the same sense of belonging that she felt as a part of In Motion. She recalls, “As I have watched my students grow into leaders in our community, I am so grateful for what dance has done for them.”
Financial resources are extremely limited in the village and Stephanie has reached out to In Motion in hopes that our students might support their need for dance wear.
When asked about the project, Stephanie commented, “I cannot put into words how much it means to me to have the studio that was such an important part of my life partner with me to support the community that my family is now dedicating our lives to.” Watch a video of one of the dance performances by the children here.
A huge thank you to all of the In Motion families who so graciously donated to our Burma project! In Motion collected:
345 pieces of dancewear, 196 pairs of shoes, 185 pairs of tights, 578 costumes and 42 miscellaneous items!
Below are images of our Dance Elite girls who sorted and packed all of the items to be donated on September 30!