Talia Serra-Bradley is a name that the dance industry will not soon forget. She was a wonderful mother of two, a loving wife, sister and daughter, and one of the most motivating dance teachers you’ve ever met! Talia was so genuine that she inspired dancers, parents, and teachers alike. Talia was an integral part of South Coast Performing Arts in Tustin, CA which has been part of the Spotlight family for almost 20 years. We have seen Talia grow and achieve on and off the stage in all aspects of life. We’ve watched her put her blood, sweat and tears on the stage and love each and every one of her dancers so passionately. Spotlight is so proud to have been part of Talia’s journey.
Talia was diagnosed with Clear Cell Ovarian Cancer in December of 2016 during a routine surgery to remove a cyst. At the time, she was 16 weeks pregnant with her second baby. Through the initial shock, she and her mother Vicki researched vehemently to find a treatment besides chemotherapy that she could attempt while getting through her pregnancy successfully. At 26 weeks, Talia went septic and baby Luke was delivered. Luke was able to join his family at home 3 months later. The incredible organization, Dancers Against Cancer, presented a financial assistance check to Talia at Spotlight’s West Coast Nationals this last summer, making her one of their newest HOPE STORIES. We were heartbroken to learn on August 22, 2017 Talia earned her angel wings and left this earth surrounded by her family.
Everyone at Spotlight was so blessed to see Talia one last time at our West Coast Nationals. She was so dedicated to her dancers, she couldn't stay away. We want to be able to give back to her in the best way we know possible - reaching out to her dance family to help her husband, Shane, and their two boys, Jack & Luke, in their unbelieveable struggle. Spotlight gave Vicki & Talia a check for $1000, and a portion of that money has been donated to this fund to get the ball rolling! All monies raised through this fund will be given to the Bradley family to assist with whatever family needs arise. We all need to remember, whatever life throws at us, be sure to stand #TaliaStrong! Please join us in supporting and helping this family with their struggle by contributing today. No amount is too small and every dollar counts!