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Single mom, Carmela Mayo teaches hip hop and turns kids on to educational theater with her non profit program called, "Stages of Imagination."
Carmela: I teach everyday. Most of the time I teach 7 - 8 hours a day, which is a challenge.
And if there is one lady who is up to the challenge, itís Carmela Mayo, owner of Carmelaís Dance Studio in Springfield, Pennsylvania. Once a professional dancer in New York, her performing took a turn when her marriage ended.
Linda: How did your life change when you became a single mom?
Carmela: You have to pay the bills and you have to take care of the kid thatís an obvious. I was helping out and now I had to be the sole supporter. I started taking more dance jobs on the weekend
Linda: In stilts?
Carmela: The stilts didnít come until I found the stilt walkers were getting 4 and 5 jobs and I was getting 1 job.
But Carmela needed more stable work, so she reluctantly opened a dance studio on her parents suggestion, which turned out to be a blessing in disguise.
Carmela: I live less than a minutes walk from here so if the kids needed me they could come over here and talk to me. I did have a phone here by my side and we did have a special phone ring. Your priorities change you go on a journey and when you hit a road block and you take another path and you never know where that path is gonna lead you.
Along this new path her sister Vicky caught a performance Carmela choreographed for a local theater production.
Carmela: I went back down to see her after the show and she said, ďOh my God this is fluff.Ē Thereís no lesson learned itís just a waste of the teachers time waste of buses and the money we could do better than this.
So they formed their non-profit theater organization called ďStages of the ImaginationĒ
Carmela: With each show we have is a difference lesson. We have anger management and conflict resolution for one show, setting your goals and sticking to your goals, making good choices etc.
Vicky: The most important thing is learning from the journey
Linda: Youíre so watch able because youíre so animated!
Vicky: Oh yeah to keep childrenís attention you have to colorful. We throw the some slapstick in there to get them to listen to the lesson.
Linda: Youíre now a single mom, you want to do, something you love, and you have to put food on the table, what do you do set your priorities?
Carmela: You have to be creative because you have to set priorities you have to put your kids first, and my kids are really good kids and I trusted them and I knew my mom was going to be looking after them after school from heaven that she was going to watch them.
Linda: Your children are all following in your footsteps.
Carmela: I tried to tell them as they were growing up you canít be a stunt man. You donít want to be in show business, but they all want to do show business. I want them to be happy.
Linda: Well you did it.
Carmela: And I did it. I wasnít someone who wants to put on fire or pushed from a building like my son does. All I wanted to do was dance. This is the best thing that ever happened to me opening this studio and I never wanted it. Iím not dancing in New York, itís not what I set out to do but I love it I still love it and I still can put the food on the table.
Carmela: Vicky and I are still on stage as goofy as it is. I was thinking Fosse. So now weíre bristle and torn tooth all right you give and you take.