Remember the Music Makers?
With the Music Makers, I suddenly became a performer.
The very first time I went on the Music Makers' stage, the Noisy Sister was able to watch me.
She was only tiny... I was only tiny!
I was two. She was one.
Mum had been learning some of the dance moves and she was holding me on stage.
The Noisy Sister was strapped in to my pram. She was tired and a bit cranky.
And then, I went on stage.
She stopped everything and watched me.
She stared at me; up there, on stage.
She was mesmerised.
She saw me as a star. She saw me as a dancer.
And, when we finished... she cheered and clapped!
She was only one.
She heard the clapping of the audience and the cheering for the Music Makers. And me. She saw me being celebrated and watched and praised.
That's very empowering for a little girl who will grow up feeling the stares and answering the questions. It's important that she sees me as something to be celebrated and praised.
And so, we dance.
Remember that the doctors told Mum and Dad about my brain damage when I was 30 days old. They didn't really answer any questions, but they suggested I'd never walk. They suggested a lot of 'probably never's.
On the 27th of May 2016, I will be dancing again. It'll be my third time on the performing stage. It'll be the third time The Noisy One watches me perform.
The Littlest Sister will be big enough to watch me this year.
We're pretty excited. Mum and I are going to start learning the dance moves. We've got a few awesome dances to learn. The costumes are going to be fantastic.
And, my sisters will watch me being a dancing star, despite my cerebral palsy.
We love the Music Makers.
**If you want to come and see me perform with the Music Makers, let us know. Tickets are selling fast. If you have a prize you could offer, for the silent auction, let us know.
The Creative Performance Evening by Those with a Disability is the concert night for the Music Makers. This is their major fundraiser for the year. The Music Makers are associated with The Disability Trust in the Illawarra and Melissa is the director.
Mum was copying Nat... but we should have been doing the boy parts!
I love the music and the lights and the energy. This was May 2015.
If you live in the Illawarra and you haven't seen the Music Makers perform, you should. They will leave a big smile on your face and they will warm your hearts.
All of the Music Makers have a disability... but when they are on stage, they are performers!
And that makes me a performer, too!
Thanks, Music Makers! Give them a cheer on facebook.
Date: Friday 27 May 2016
Venue: City Diggers Wollongong
Time: Doors open 6.15pm for a 7.00pm show start.
Dining facilities available at the bistro from 5.30PM. The Bar upstairs will be open during the show for drinks to be purchased.
Tickets: $25 Adults, $15 (Children under 16 only)
Tickets - call or email Director Melissa Tierney - 0409 976 987 or 4255 3100
If you're interested in sponsoring, donating or offering a raffle/silent auction item please contact Melissa.
All Donations can be made online:
Account Name: Music Makers
Account Number: 10256476
Reference: Donation by (your name/company)
Music Makers to Perform 2015
Leave Your Disability at the Door
Music Makers – Getting Ready
My Music Maker Friends
Pride in Melissa
Melissa Sings for Dexter
Move Aside CP – I’m a Dancer ‘15
Dexter's Cerebral Palsy
Who is Dexter?
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