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Published on Apr 7, 2015
As the old saying goes, 'art imitates life.'
Talk to a student participating in some form of the arts -- whether dance, choir, sculpture art or orchestra -- they will profess that art actually goes much further than that.
In fact, art influences life, which in turn influences art, particularly when life takes an unexpected turn as it did for Hamilton Middle School 8th Grade Student Hannah Lamboy.
"Last year, I was bullied because I'm Jewish, and because I have always been the outsider, the really extroverted type," Lamboy said. "I kind of found the stage as a way to let out my emotions."
Lamboy, a dancer since she was three years old, says her emotions come from challenges even more difficult than she experienced when she was bullied.
Her father is currently fighting cancer.
"I love to dance because I love to see his face light up when he sees me on stage. I love to see him happy, and just knowing I can do that and achieve that by being on stage... at the end of the day, that's all I want," she said.
Lamboy is part of the Hamilton Middle School Dance Troupe, a group of students who are rehearsing for the Denver Public Schools Foundation 2015 Achieve Gala. The gala raises nearly $1 million annually to support proven academic programs in DPS, including arts, science and reading programs.
The Hamilton Dance Troupe is one of four performing at the Achieve Gala, which will take place Tuesday April 21, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center from 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Lamboy will be singing at the gala before hundreds of supporters attending the 2015 Achieve Gala.
"It's just beautiful, that's how I can say it. [My father] has been through so much, and to make him happy based on something I love... it's just beautiful. There is no other way to describe it," Lamboy said.