Veterans easing transition from war through dance

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by CHRISTIE JOHNSON / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on July 5, 2012 at 10:46 AM

American veterans have spent countless hours serving our country. Now one Western Washington woman is giving back in a unique way. 

Michelle Badion is trying to help ease the transition of returning from war through dance.
 
"For the whole year of 2012 I am offering my classes for free," said Michelle Badion, dance instructor.
 
Dance can be a great way to gain social interaction and build rapport with other people.
 
"Dancing is a great way to connect personally with somebody but also to connect to a community. The Seattle dance community really cares about our vets. We care about having them get back in touch with our community," said Badion.
 
Vietnam veteran Howard Williamson agrees.
 
"It's good exercise and you meet a lot of people," said Williamson.
 
Social dance is also a great way to reboot emotionally.
 
"A lot of times there are issues of trust and how to reconnect with people. You totally have to trust your partner to help you look good and to help you have fun," said Anne Armstrong, licensed therapist.
 
The lessons are available to all veterans and active duty members, both male and female, for the remainder of 2012. For more information visit www.michellebadion.com.
 

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