How The Loss Of Chester Bennington Inspired A Dance Conversation

by Kristyn Burtt | 7/27/2017 3:32 PM

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It’s been a tough summer with the loss of two significant musicians: Chris Cornell of Audioslave and Soundgarden and the recent loss of Chester Bennington of Linkin Park. Because music is such a huge part of dance, you cannot separate one from the other — they both inspire deep emotions on many different levels.


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Choreographer Robert Schultz, who has worked with artists like Toni Braxton and the Backstreet Boys, decided to open up the dialogue about suicide in a tribute piece to Bennington. He choreographed to Linkin Park’s “One More Light” because he said the music “hit [his] soul” after hearing it on Jimmy Kimmel’s show.


“Suicide is not really a subject people talk about. We need to bring more awareness to everyone. We need to be there for each other. Be Present. Be aware of how we speak to each other,” Schultz wrote in his YouTube notes. “This is dedicated to all those that have left this planet and to those contemplating. Please reach out for help. There are many sources. I want you all to know that you are enough. That you are loved.”


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The piece features So You Think You Can Dance’s Hailee Payne along with Haley Jessup, Chelsea Malyia Harold, Kelly Kerastas, Marcus Sarjeant, Frank Soares, Andrew Allen, Angela Bergamo and Morgan Alexa Devalliere. The movement reflects that anguish many feel when they’ve fallen into a deep depression, but it’s a wonderful reminder that you are not alone — help is just a moment away.



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