Spread hope with Esperanza Dance Project



Join us tonight (June 5) for a free performance of Esperanza Dance Project’s House of Hope assembly. Come and learn what Esperanza is all about firsthand. There will be information about EDP, a moving performance, and plenty of information about how to connect with this inspiring project. We can’t wait to see you there!

7:30 p.m., Auditorium of University/Rincon High School, 421 N. Arcadia Blvd. (south of E. 5th Street, east of Swan Rd.)

Carolyn’s note: This Esperanza Dance Project is aimed to eliminate the stigma, shame & secrecy associated with childhood sexual violence, through messages of hope, strength and empowerment. As someone who was molested sexually as a young child by a stranger in a store, I can personally attest to the power of this type of project. The presentation is designed for the community as well as high school students.  Esperanza is the Spanish word for “hope”.

More info at their website: http://www.esperanzadanceproject.com/

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


  1. Five powerful dances “I Don’t Pray Anymore”, “Give Me Novocaine”, “Hurt”, “To Cry For You” and “Set you Free” were performed by Beth Braun & the dancers in her company. Prior to each dance set, two narrators spoke of the trauma of childhood sexual abuse/violence, and the stages of grief/sadness/anger and the road to seeking safety, hope & recovery. Beth’s daughter Maya told her abuse story at the end, followed by Q & A from the audience of over 100 people. This is EDP’s 3rd season of performances.

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