Who has lifted you up?

CeCe Farha and Hui Poos Story

CeCe Farha and Hui Poos - Lift up story submission photo

My name is Hui Cha Poos and I am a dance teacher, choreographer, pioneer, executive director, dreamer, and mother. The woman who lifted me up and quite literally kickstarted my career is my first dance teacher (at 19) and our story is unique because of my late starting age for dance and the way her kindness impacted the trajectory of my life and everyone I have taught. I was a cheerleader and had never taken a dance class until the day I met CeCe Farha but always had a passion for dancing. When we met, she saw something in me and put me on a full scholarship. She taught me everything she knew about dance and teaching dance, set me up with auditions, grew my efficacy, asked me to dream, and helped me every step of the way. Because of her support, I had a career in LA, and after moving home, became a full time instructor at UCO (this is my 18th year). She saw my potential before I did, she believed in me harder than anyone, and she has been a close friend and mentor for 30 years. My parents would not have been able to afford dance classes so the opportunity I had at her studio was of great value to me. I remember coming home after class and working an extra 2-3 hours to catch up and try to understand everything I learned. I never took opportunities for granted and know now that one free class is sometimes all that’s necessary for a dream to spark. Because of CeCe, I now look for ways to give back and when I see potential dreamers who have the qualities I had, I don’t hold back. I voice my faith in them and ask how I can help. I help when I can and i try and create new opportunities for choreographers, teachers, and dancers. I started RACE Dance Collective, a Non-Profit dance company in 2008. Through shows like Hip Hop Nutcracker, we have been able to provide performance opportunities and mentoring to hundreds of High School kids who just like me, didn’t have private training opportunities. We now have a company, a studio, and an academy and are looking forward to a partnership with the new Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center this year. As I look back at the many things I have been fortunate enough to be a part of, I can’t help but wonder how many lives have been impacted by that act of kindness, and how many will find the spark for their dreams because of her.

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