I Hope You Dance

the power and inspiration of song


I HOPE YOU DANCE, the Power and Spirit of Song {IHYD}, is a powerful, inspirational and cinematic work about hope, faith and optimism and the power of music to inspire and heal. It is the first film of its kind to explore how one extraordinary song has changed people's lives. It is directed and written by award winning director, John Scheinfeld, best-known for the critically-acclaimed feature documentaries The U.S. vs. John Lennon and Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him)?

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From the time the song/record was released to multi-platinum success, to when Oprah featured Lee Ann Womack to perform the song on her show, I HOPE YOU DANCE has become a classic message of hope, self-empowerment and joy to millions. The song has become an anthem for high school graduations, weddings and other life milestones. 

I HOPE YOU DANCE, the Power and Spirit of Song, is the first film to explore how one extraordinary song has changed people’s lives. It is about hope, faith, optimism and the power of music to inspire and heal. By weaving together stories of how Lee Ann Womack’s worldwide mega #1 hit “I Hope You Dance” has motivated real people to transform their lives, to chase their dreams, to overcome obstacles and to persist in the face of extreme adversity, IHYD will inspire and empower people to achieve more, to live their best lives and to make the world a better place. These are true stories of aspiration, second chances, recovery, forgiveness and miracles.

The film explores how, after the death of the only child, parents realized that the only way to truly honor their daughter’s memory was by celebrating the message of her favorite song, “I Hope You Dance.” Today, her spirit lives on in the six individuals whose lives were saved by the gift of her donated organs. We showcase a dance school that uses “I Hope You Dance” to teach dancing to the homeless and employs its message to get them back on their feet. We also reveal how “I Hope You Dance” fueled a woman’s miraculous recovery from a devastating spinal cord injury that should have killed her instantly. Her doctor has never seen anything like it – despite not breathing for several minutes and becoming instantly paralyzed, she now leads a normal life and goes dancing every Tuesday night.

An “A List” of charismatic, articulate and entertaining “experts” such as Dr. Maya Angelou, Joel Osteen, world celebrated artist/songwriters Brian Wilson (who performs “God Only Knows”), Graham Nash (who performs “Teach Your Children”) and Vince Gill, as well as well known artist Lee Ann Womack, have offered their unique perspective on themes explored in the film, the nature of creativity and its ability to touch and motivate.

The last scene from our film features a flash mob sequence, decorated by Capitol Christian Music Group’s Grammy winning artist, American Idol finalist Mandisa‘s newly recorded version of the Song.

Judith A. Proffer's Huqua Press, in an arrangement with Jan Miller/Nena Madonia's Savio Republic company, have published a book which Judith has curated and edited. The title is distributed at retail by Simon & Schuster. The audio book is narrated by Tim Storey via Amazon's Audible unit.  

The book features unique illustrations by graphic designer, Hugh Syme. Also, there is content in the book not seen in the film including an essay by Certified Music Therapist, Alexandra Field and other expanded prose.