[The #rio2016 Olympics are approaching, so we are featuring our favorite Giraffe Heroes from Brazil. Enjoy!] DANCING INTO A NATION'S HEART #GiraffeHeroes #StickYourNeckOut Dora Andrade teaches poor kids in Fortaleza, Brazil to dance—with their bodies and with their hearts and minds. She sold her jewelry and used the cash to create EDISCA (School for Dance and Social Integration for Children and Adolescents), where she not only teaches dance and self respect, but provides access to meals, medical exams, dental care and computer training. In many societies, including Brazil’s, formal ballet training is for the children of the middle class and the wealthy. Some Brazilians were appalled by the idea of barrio kids performing ballet in theatres, even telling Andrade that her “poor little creatures” would get nice theaters dirty or break things there. The doubters certainly weren’t interested in attending a performance. Now, Andrade’s dancers are so renowned they play to sold-out audiences and are favorites of the nation’s press. Their prominence helps them bring national attention to the plight of the poor, and their work with Andrade brings the kids not only dance training but also meals, medical exams, dental care, vaccinations, computer training, etiquette lessons, confidence in their own abilities and hope for bettering their lives. EDISCA’s kids get such great care that wealthy families have tried to fake poverty go get their kids in! Like this Giraffe? LIKE this Page. Giraffes should have 100 thousand Likes. And Share! Your friends need to know there are real heroes among us.