Smith SSW Student Breaking Barriers...to a Beat
June 14, 2019
Helen Chao, A '19, is breaking barriers in the world of swing dance with her partner, Lia Brown. Chao and her partner wanted to win the amateur division of the national LIberty Swing Dance competition to force the organization to allow same sex partners to rise to the professional division. Helen framed this goal as "a move in solidarity with her queer loved ones."
Chao and Brown won the division forcing directors of this national association to re-write the by-laws to permit same sex partners to compete professionally.