Maryland’s Trauma Support Group Dance Troupe Make Progress on “America’s Got Talent”

All is yes for a local trauma support group who just took part in “America’s Got Talent: Ballet After Dark” – and they hope the show’s recent performance will spread the message of support.

It’s all yes for a local trauma support group that just took part in “America’s Got Talent: Ballet After Dark” — and it hopes the show’s recent performance spreads the message of support.

“We turned our trauma into triumph,” said Tyde-Courtney Edwards, who started the Baltimore-based dance therapy group to help survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence after trauma.

People from all over Maryland participate in the organization’s programs, but with its recent national boost, it is now expanding its support nationwide.

“We are launching a new venture that will make our dance therapy resources available to community members everywhere,” Edwards said.

She told WTOP that she was both surprised and thrilled to get an audition spot on “America’s Got Talent.”

“It was a choreography by me and my brother, he is also a dancer. And we came together because the opportunity came very, very quickly,” she said.

The dance included all eight members of the Ballet After Dark ensemble performing a piece to Kesha’s song “Praying”.

They got “yes” from all the judges. They even got a special visit from judge Simon Cowell after their performance.

“He came backstage, he hugged us, he shook our hands. It was just amazing. It really was,” Edwards said.

Cowell’s comments on their piece?

“We meet the most amazing people on this show who thankfully trust the show to share their message, which you did today in a very, very, very powerful way,” Cowell said.

There’s no date yet for their next performance on the show, but she said to stay tuned.

“We are committed to creating opportunities and experiences for our young people to see where art can take them. And to be able to share with the world just, you know, how awesome they are,” Edwards said.

Their best known programs are the Black Swan Dance Therapy Cohort and the Aqua Ballet Cohort. Both introduce youth and women to a variety of trauma-informed dance therapy practices, somatic interventions, self-defense workshops, and survivor-centered social activities.

Their performance ensemble is a group of dancers, community members and survivors who use performance to heal.

Edwards herself has said that she was sexually assaulted and that ballet helped her heal.

“We’re making sure they understand what life is like outside of trauma,” Edwards said.

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