In memory of daughters, Fayetteville woman funds dance dreams
Louise Cantrell lost her husband, Edward, and two daughters in a house fire in 2012. In their memory, she established the Dancing Angels Foundation to fund scholarships for other young people.Posted — Updated
Jordan Stephens is one of the beneficiaries. She calls her Dancing Angels aid "life changing."
Stephens has been dancing since the age of 3. Now 16, her dream of becoming a professional dancer is a little closer.
"It (the Dancing Angels scholarship) enabled me to go to Alvin Ailey and Joffrey," she said, name-checking two internationally known dance companies based in New York City.
"It really helped me dance better and, you know, it opened up so many doors for me. Now I'm getting so many other opportunities."
"It touches my heart," Cantrell said.
"It's very emotional for me. I'm happy. I'm happy that, out of something so bad and tragic, something positive could come out of it. And when is see these dancers dance, I think, 'You know what? They're doing that in memory of my daughters.'"
That inspiration is never far from the minds of the dancers.
"I think about them all the time," Stephens said. "If I have a hard day at dance, I'm like, 'Wow, I'm dancing.' I'm going to do this for them."
The Dancing Angels Foundation is holding its annual fundraiser April 22 at the Special Forces Association on Doc Bennett Road in Fayetteville.
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