Nerly Victor is an ambitious young woman who is passionate about the arts. She was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and immigrated to San Diego, CA with her family in 1993. She was raised in the diverse community of City Heights and graduated from Hoover High School. Nerly remembers being at a day camp at San Diego State University in the eighth grade when she saw transcendence perform for the first time. The dancers were so beautiful but most importantly they told their stories of hardships and triumphs. Nerly knew from that day forward she had to be a part of this great program. “transcenDANCE has changed my life! I came in with low self-esteem and always saw myself as less than. But after going through the program and having the opportunity to be on the leadership team I realized that I am more than enough and even if no one ever loves me, I LOVE ME!” One of the best moments for Nerly was when she was able to go to New Orleans with two other dancers and represent transcenDANCE at the Urban Bush Women Institute, an annual summer dance intensive. Women and men from all over the world come to this 10-day program where we danced, wrote, laughed, cried, and were given tools so that we can go back to our community and start a positive dialogue. Nerly currently works full time and is a full time student finishing her Bachelors in Criminal Justice online at Sam Houston State University. She hopes to eventually go into Law.