By TIME Video
July 9, 2015

Dancer Karine Newborn knew she wanted to be a professional dancer since watching her mother dance as a little girl in Paris.

Her career as a dancer took a sharp turn though after suffering an injury while performing on Broadway. The single mother and dancer found herself unable to continue her career as a dancer, putting her in a financial bind.

Newborn used the money she received from a settlement to open her own dance studio, Brooklyn Dance Project, and start an after-school dance program.

“To me making it is not being a big star and being a big name,” says Newborn. “I just love the craft.”

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