Dance + Public Health = Good Vibes

Dr. Fredrick Echols poses with with Branden Lewis, Tyrus Watson and his son, and AnnaLise Cason, Story Stitchers who are helping to reinforce the message to get vaccinated to be safe and keep your family and community safe

Saint Louis Story Stitchers teamed up with the City of Saint Louis Department of Health, theDepartment of Public Safety, the St. Louis Violence Prevention Commission and ReCast to bring the BIGGEST Dance Battle we have done to date to Strauss Park on August 10th. Dr. Fredrick Echols, Acting Director, for the Department of Health for the City of St. Louis came by to help educate the youth gathered on the facts related to Covid and the vaccine with well known and highly respected OG dancer Tyrus Watsons aka Small Talk and Story Stitchers Youth Council Chair Branden Lewis. The Department of Health brought a vaccination station on site to help youth learn more and 4 youth and 5 adults took advantage to get vaccinated.

The Dance Battle itself was a very energetic event with multiple layers two competition. Story Stitchers youth programs are open to 16-24 year olds from St. Louis. Three top St. Louis dancers, Lucas, Richy G, and Slimchance,  judged the event with OG Vandel Izor overseeing the competition. Terry Dollison took 1st place prize of $1,000, Mikel Molhor took 2nd place at $300, and Reakwon Sayles took 3rd place prize of $150.

KSDK News Reporter Robert Townsend  came by to bring this story to the news that night:

The next Dance Battle is scheduled for September 11, 2021, 6:00-9:00 in Strauss Park.

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16-24 year olds who want to get involved with Story Stitchers visit this page and apply here:


Saint Louis Story Stitchers is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. On the web at arts dot gov.

Additional support for StitchCast Studio and Story Stitchers youth programs is provided by the Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund, The Lewis Prize for Music Accelerator Award, City of St. Louis Youth at Risk Crime Prevention grant of 2021, Lush Corporation’s The Charity Pot, St. Louis Violence Prevention Commission and ReCast.