Many people are so thankful for the impact Halo Dance 4 Autism has had on scholarship recipients and high school participants as well, but may not know who inspired Halo to be created.
Founder of Halo Dance 4 Autism Cami Marseilles met Enrique, a special needs competitive dancer, at the Dance Atak Convention in 2014. Cami was so inspired by Enrique's performance that she reached out to him and his mother Laura, wanting to help Enrique further his dance career and continue to be included in dance competitions and events in all ways possible. After talking to Laura and Enrique, Cami and a few other friends were so motivated they decided to fundraise, help coach, and give Enrique opportunities for dancing that his Mother says would not have otherwise been available to him. Laura says because of Cami and now what has officially become the Halo Dance 4 Autism nonprofit, Enrique has been able to "perform at the Edge Performing Arts Center in LA, attend Dancer Palooza for a week intensive in ballet with Master Instructor Francisco Gella, and graduate from the Debbie Reynolds Scholarship Program. Additionally, Cami also gave Enrique the opportunity to teach hip hop master classes during her summer intensives for her dance team. All of these experiences made a difference in Enrique’s life. As a result, he was able to book with Odyssey Dance Theatre in Utah for a 2-month dance tour and a 6-month job with Blu13 Dance Company in Disney World in their Bollywood Beats show."
Enrique's story has created a ripple effect and continues to inspire Cami, other professional dancers, high school dancers, and volunteers alike to raise money for those with Autism not only to be involved in the dance world, but also to gain the kind of financial help and inclusivity many long for their child to have, in hopes that they will make a big impact on each scholarship recipient, and their family's lives.