Below, you will find artistic performances that have been created to honor, memorialize, pay tribute, and inspire.
Travis Wall created a memorable dance routine in 2010 about his mother's surgery to combat breast cancer and her subsequent recovery. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EZtNQ9gmrU
"Europe Before the Rain"
Inspired by the death of a friend, Emmy-nominated choreographer Sonya Tayeh channeled her grief through dance. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9wWgcJl4IA
Mia Michaels choreographed a routine based on her father's death and their imagined reunion in heaven. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsU6wq8BKtg
Commonly known as "The Dying Swan," Mikhail Fokine created this choreography in 1905 for the dancer Anna Pavlova to express the noble death struggle of a legendarily silent bird who only sang at death (thus the idiomatic "swan song"). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IW3GAjAKges
"Dia de los Muertos"
This excerpt from Viva Performing Arts' "Dia De Los Muertos" show focuses on the Pre-Columbian era of Mexican history. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jb8EDHpt7Wo
"Ghana's Dancing Pallbearers"
Pallbearers are lifting the mood at funerals in Ghana with flamboyant coffin-carrying dances. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EroOICwfD3g
After husband's sudden death, 67-year-old finds new life as dance champion
Elisabeth Smith always wanted to learn how to dance. When her husband passed away suddenly, she decided it was time to take action. Now, with over 200 trophies under her belt, she's dancing into her future. https://www.today.com/video/after-husband-s-sudden-death-67-year-old-finds-new-life-as-dance-champion
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