Q&A with Dancing for a Cause participant Michael Buturla

Allison B. Hudson

Dancing for A Cause will take place on July 14 at the Lamar Dixon Center in Gonzales and the event will be hosted by lawyer Matthew Pryor and JoJo Newsom. Parish President Tommy Martinez is the honorary chairman.

Tickets are available by calling Sharon Morris at 225-955-4683 or the ARC at 225-621-2000. Sponsorships for businesses and individuals are available too.

1. So, you’re taking part in Dancing for a Cause this year.  What made you decide to get involved?

Having the opportunity to give back to such a worthy cause was difficult to pass up. I always look for ways to help out, so when COEA came and asked, who was I to tell them "no."  They thought enough of me to ask in the first place, so I was glad to help. My dad always taught me that "you have to be able to laugh at yourself,"  so, since I will probably fall flat, this would be the perfect opportunity.

2.  Do you have any dancing experience?

I have ZERO dancing experience, except maybe a few glow-stick episodes in local clubs, but I don’t think that really counts, and certainly never in front of a group of people. One time, when I was around twelve, I did a break dance routine with a friend of mine at a wedding at the Oak Grove Community Center, if you want to count that as "dance experience."  That was the first and last time I danced in front of a group of people, so this should be interesting.

3. What are you most looking forward to on the night of the event?

I think just seeing if I can actually complete this task. It is so far out of my comfort zone, that I will be proud to have taken this challenge "head-on" and hopefully resulted in a successful journey.

4. Why is a program like COEA so important to our community?

Having worked with COEA on a previous project, I have been able to see first-hand how they are able to serve so many clients through teaching and training using compassion and joy on a daily basis. With this training, they have been able to empower their clients with skill sets that will benefit the parish and community, not only in the work-force, but also in routine everyday life.