Keilah Glover: As a young child my goal was to become a dance teacher, so my destiny was fulfilled when Go To Heaven Dance Company was born. The inspiration came from my daughter Heaven and the company was named after her in 2008.
Keilah Glover: I have had to overcome racism of business owners calling my students “dirty” just because they were black, I have had to prove my naysayers wrong, by still succeeding in spite of their disbelief. And I have had to start from nothing to something, from South Central to Hollywood, from doubt to belief, from losing dancers to comforting dancers who lost loved ones. We were on our way to our second show, the Evolution of Dance Part 2 and all of the dancers were involved in a 3 car crash. Airbags were deployed, cars were totaled and people were injured but they still danced that night and had a great performance by the Grace of God.
As a Divorced, Single Mom, life has NOT been easy. I was broke, broken and I had nothing left. I lost my home, my cars, but I still had my talent and my vision. Always putting everyone’s needs before my own, and always striving to reach the light at the end of the tunnel. After almost giving up on life, I started my dance company with negative $54, (yes I said negative) and now we have been successfully in business for 8 years, this is our third year in Hollywood and we have now expanded to a Studio in Long Beach. God is so awesome. I’m giving Him all the glory because it’s not by my own might. I’m just sharing my testimony to a people out there that might be on the verge of giving up. Don’t! Let God fight your battles and give all your burdens to Him. Your best is yet to come. Be confident, do something that makes you feel good, happy, and always do your BEST! Today Go To Heaven Dance Company has provided thousands of students with dance training from the Los Angeles Unified School District, Churches, and throughout the community.
Keilah Glover: It was honestly easy for me the first year of the dance business because it was just me doing a lot of paperwork and running around. I would travel to different schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District to teach dance. Go To Heaven Dance Company started in January 2008 as an after school program for LA’s Best which is one of the largest after-school providers in the country. GTH taught the curriculum “Evolution of Hip Hop” which was learning the dance, history, and culture of African Dance, Break Dance, Hip Hop, and Krump Dance. GTH served over 100 schools and thousands of students. It was much harder when I added employees and rented studios because I was now responsible for a large overhead. I would often work for other schools to make sure I made payroll. So after working 12 hours a day for other people I literally got sick and started fainting, so I eventually had to leave those jobs and start working full-time for myself and put in the same time and energy for myself as I would for other people.
Keilah Glover: One of the most memorable moments was one of our Showcases called Evolution of Dance Part 3: Past, Present, and Future, where we honored great artist, and my sister Amittia Smith flew out for Alabama to be a part of the show. We did a skit about a sister saving another sister’s life and that was really a pivotal moment in our relationship. I’m happy that dance show made that moment possible. Another great moment was our performance at the Taste of Soul, Dance All Day Event at Lula Washington Dance Theatre. There were over 200,000 people in attendance at that entire event and we received a standing ovation and were told by the legendary Lula Washington herself that we did a great job.
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