Milford woman's dance team pays tribute to Orlando shooting victims

Kayleen Cybulski of Milford will travel with her college dance team to Orlando, Fla., next month to participate in a Disney Performing Arts Workshop and to present a special dance in honor of the victims of the June 12 Pulse nightclub shootings.
Cybulski is a senior at LIM College in New York, N.Y., where she studies fashion merchandising. At Disney, the LIM Dance Team will take classes in hip hop, ballet, and Disney Dancin’, and they will dance with students from other schools across the nation. During an event at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn, Cybulski and the rest of her dance team will present a special lyrical dance piece that team advisor Joseph Saldoriga choreographed as a tribute to the victims of the Pulse nightclub attack.

“I feel humbled and honored to be performing a tribute to the victims of Pulse nightclub,” Cybulski said. “I will forever be deeply sorrowed by the attack in Orlando and cannot believe tragedies like this still continue to strike again and again.”

Lyrical dance is a style that blends ballet and jazz and uses movement to express strong emotions such as love, joy and anger, Cybulski explained. “After the attack on Pulse my teammates and I were all at a loss of words with so many emotions going through our heads,” she said. “So we expressed ourselves the only way we knew how, through dance.”

Cybulski is a 2011 graduate of Joseph A. Foran High School, and she learned to dance at Lee Lund Studio of Dance in Milford. For 18 years, starting when she was four years old, she studied ballet, tap, jazz, modern, musical theater, and hip hop under Lee Lund, Dennie Kirkpatrick, Ambere Rogers, Debi Passarelli, Gidget Poulimas, Tina Kershaw, Pat O’Donnell, and various other choreographers. She credits Lee Lund, herself, with inspiring her and pushing her to reach her goals.

Cybulski plans to pursue a career as a retail buyer, and she said being a student at LIM College in New York has exposed her to the best opportunities to learn in one of the “best fashion industrial cities of the world.”

Dance, however, will remain a big part of her life.

“Dance has always been a huge part of my life since the day I started,” she said. “During my first ballet/tap class my mom had to drag me out because I didn’t want to leave, and I still have a hard time leaving a rehearsal to this day.

“Dance has always brought so much joy and love into my life,” she said, adding that she believes the dance tribute will be an appropriate way to honor the victims of June’s mass shooting.

“I could not think of a better way to honor the victims of Orlando and their loved ones through the art of dance and to continue to spread the love they all embodied,” Cybulski said.