One of the most potent yet heartbreaking parts of the shooting was that in the hours that preceded the shooting, the club was full of patrons dancing the night away full of nothing but love, happiness, and pride in a place they felt safe to be who they were.
The shooting hit the LGBTQ community hard, nationwide. Vigils took place all around the world including in San Diego where recording artists and lesbian couple, Danielle LoPresti and Alicia Champion performed live at the vigil in San Diego. Immediately following the vigil the duo started to work on a song that would honor the victims and share a message that the community will not cower to hate and will continue the dance the victims didn't get to finish.
The song, Finish the Dance, is an upbeat dance track with a message of perseverance and love. The track’s opening piano “montuno” and classical guitar pay homage to Latino members of the LGBTQ community who were the majority of those slain that night. The song was written by Champion and LoPresti and co-produced by Champion and UK producer, Jordan Lea. It was officially release on YouTube and Band Camp accompanied by a video montage of the 49 lives lost.
Then, LoPresti and Champion hosted a Facebook Live session to share with fans behind the scenes stories of creating the song and how they plan to honor the victims and the survivors moving forward. The forum was also open for anyone to share memories of what the year has been like for them after the shooting, memories of any of the victims, personal coming out stories, and how fans can continue to support the official fundraising platform for victims and survivors, The One Orlando Fund.
"We wrote Finish the Dance to honor every blessed being whose life was taken a year ago at Pulse. They didn’t get to finish their dance that night because of hate, so we as a community are going to finish it for them and prove that hate will not have the last word in each of their stories. We want to celebrate them, honor them - we want to remember them and the joy and love their lives gave to the communities they were part of," stated LoPresti.
Listen to Finish the Dance:
Danielle LoPresti's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/therealdaniellelopresti