“one of the most painful things we can do is live our whole lives believing everything our minds tell us” -Unknown
“and then I realized that to be more alive I had to be less afraid. So I did it. I lost my fear and gained my whole life.” -Unknown
Arielle Bodenhaussen is a professional dancer, actress, dance teacher, and Pilates instructor. Her continual work, talent, and support for BTCF has been shared on many levels. This past year, we welcomed her as our artist ambassador. Visit Beyond Existence
BTCF has had the pleasure of working with Arie since 2016. She is truly a treasure as both an artist and a person. For those who have had the opportunity to see her perform in one or more of the live dance performances of Alex Little’s “7 Chairs”, you would have experienced her beyond captivating artistry and deeply emotional story telling. She lights up a room and her joy to teach both youth and adults provides a multitude of gateways to something more than just her craft, but her compassion for nurturing self-acceptance and love. Click here for Arielle Bodenhaussen’s interview
PREVIOUS FEATURED ARTISTS
Trinity Rose is a professional singer, songwriter, musician, and storyteller. At the age of 13, she was the youngest contestant to ever appear on NBC’s “The Voice” and went on to be one of eight high school teens in the country to be chose not once, but twice for Grammy Camp! Her very soulful and rich vocals in addition to her beautiful guitar playing produce a variety of creative musical textures, dynamics, and genres.
Aria Brooks is an actress, singer, dancer, filmmaker, writer, producer, editor, director, and overall creator! Presently, you can catch her as a series regular on the Nickelodeon TV show, “All That”, starring in the awarding-winning feature film, “Harriet”, and make sure to check out her YouTube channel, It’s Aria Brooks. This is one young powerhouse, a role model, and wise beyond her years! To meet Aria in person is a wonderful thing, to chat with her is jaw-dropping, and to watch her create and perform is an extension of her intelligence, creativity, passion, beauty, and kindness. She is who she appears to be – truly authentic and a complete joy to be around. Aria Brooks is making waves in both film and television as well as her own work. Click here for Aria’s interview.
Amy Kathleen Lee is a former pre-professional classical ballet dancer, eating disorder and suicide survivor. She started her own nonprofit called Dancing with ED Inc. in 2013 to address eating disorders in dance. Amy also works as a mental health trainer, speaker, using personal story and human connection as an avenue to healing. She is a Q.P.R. Suicide Prevention Trainer through the QPR Institute, a National Council of Behavioral Health YMHFA Instructor, and a Member of the Suicide Prevention Council of San Luis Obispo County.
Jenna Rose Simon is a professional artist and author, eating disorder advocate, & teacher. When one of her drawings went viral, she found herself quickly being featured on numerous media outlets and programs including ABC news and Good Morning America. Before she knew it, her work had created deep thought-provoking world impact.
“By acknowledging the power of others’ presence, we begin seeing and listening to one another and we, individually are more and more willing to be seen and heard.” BTCF sat down and chatted with International Dance Master Teacher/Choreographer and Breaking The Chains Foundation Board Member, Alex Little to discuss everything “7 Chairs, her creative process, and what inspires her! Click here for Alex’s feature interview.
Established in March 2017 by Mike Collins and Laura Schuler, ShockBoxx continues to host several emerging artist group shows and solo shows each month and has become a destination for those seeking a night of culture in the South Bay. Showcasing themes that are rarely found elsewhere. ShockBoxx features artists in popup style shows which always leaves patrons wishing for more.
On television, Emmy Award winning actress, Carolyn Hennesy has dazzled as the deliciously vicious “Penelope Ellis” on ABC’s critically acclaimed series REVENGE. She also joined the cast for the fifth season of the sleek vampires-meet-world saga, TRUE BLOOD, and fast became a fan favorite as Rosalyn, the ageless vamp with a Texas twang. Prior to REVNEGE and TRUE BLOOD, Hennesy was best known for her memorable work as “Barb” on ABC’s COUGAR TOWN and for her Emmy nominated work as “Diane Miller” on ABC’s GENERAL HOSPITAL.