We are happy to share with you this virtual hug video to honor and salute our healthcare and essential workers for all they’re doing to keep us safe. It’s our hope this special message will offer them — and you — a healthy dose of strength and encouragement.
The dancers (who are all wearing blue in a sign of solidarity with healthcare workers) volunteered their time and talents for the cause. They are James Cunningham, Steven Houser, Ingrid Lewis, Celeste Lopez-Keranen, Madison Massara, Alexandra Meister-Upleger, Yuka Oba-Muschiana, Emily Reed, Gretchen Steimle, Nigel Tau, Julia Turner, Adriana Wagenveld, Matthew Wenckowski, and Nathan Young. Cellist Jeremy Crosmer of Grand Rapids’ ESME (Eclectic String Music Ensemble) appears on the video playing the prelude from Johann Sebastian Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major. The piece was produced by James Sofranko and Cindy Sheppard Sofranko and edited by Joe Sofranko and Lili Fuller.