Rockettes’ Pick for Dancer of the Week: Las Vegas Shooting Survivors Using Dance to Heal
Who: Mikenna Parry and Francesca Trujillo
Young survivors of the Las Vegas shooting have been using the art of dance to heal. Abby Theodros explains how.Details: https://bit.ly/2rk92MS
Posted by FOX5 Las Vegas on Friday, May 4, 2018
Why we chose them: These two talented teens are using the art of dance to help with their healing process.
On Oct. 1, 2017, the lives of 19-year-old Mikenna Parry and 14-year-old Francesca Trujillo were forever changed when a gunman opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest music festival on the Las Vegas Strip. Fifty-nine people died and more than 500 hospitalized, making this the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. Mikenna and Francesca were two of the survivors.
Mikenna, a recent high school graduate, was shot in the left arm and abdomen (one bullet is still behind her kidney), while Francesca injured her ankle when she was trying to escape the gunfire.
“[Doctors] told me I would never dance again,” Mikenna tells FOX5 News.
But recently, the duo proved doctors wrong. Along with other survivors of the mass shooting, Mikenna and Francesca put on a special performance at Liberty High School in Henderson, Nevada in honor of those 59 people who lost their lives.
For Francesca, this performance was a chance for her to perform, an opportunity she had not had since the tragedy.
“Dance has always been the way I get my mind off things and it’s always been my support to help me heal.”
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