Untapped Dancer Story: Escape From The Past

Melissa Whitley

Hillsboro • Oregon

 
I was sexually assaulted by my biological father at 7 years old. Dance is where I feel free of my past.

Dancing is my escape from life. I was sexually assaulted by my biological father at 7 years old. I have received many years of counseling and justice when I was 10. I never really feel complete or secure unless I'm dancing. It's where I feel free of my past. Dance is my LIFE.