My name is Cam-Nhung Pastula. I came to US in 1975 at age 16 due to the fall of Saigon. I went to Bishop McDevitt H.S. and then Harrisburg Community College after the graduation. Two years ago, I retired from Capital BlueCross after 25 years worked as Underwriter. However, I went back to work so I can have health insurance. Four years ago, I met a gentleman at the Vietnamese New Year’s party. He bought me to one of the ballroom dance party. I didn’t know how to dance at that time but watching people dancing, I wanted to learn how to dance just like them. After many lessons and I attended numerous social dances, my dream now came true. I can dance! I fell that I am the happiest person when I on the dance floor.
Jason Reed began his first dance class at the nationally and internationally recognized Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) at the age of 18. By age 21, he was attending The Julliard School, where he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in the year 2000. Since graduating, he has expanded the scope of his Fine Arts expertise. He produces, directs, choreographs, teaches and performs for different companies, various shows, schools and ensembles. Jason has worked and choreographed under the direction of Marcia Dale Weary at CPYB, the late international ballet star Rebecca Wright, and Eliot Feld at Ballet Tech in conjunction with the New York City Public School for Dance and the NYC Department of Education. Jason helped to create the East Pennsboro Area Middle School after-school pilot program called “EP SWAGG” (a homework help and hip-hop dance class instruction activity for middle school students which is part of the REACH! Program). Through a variety of programs spread across the Central Pennsylvania region, REACH! engages youth in performing arts activities to promote and teach the life skills necessary for success. In these programs, students learn to apply the same discipline and work ethic required in those programs to their academics, employment, extracurricular activities, and the maintenance of a healthy lifestyle. He hopes to bring that program back to the Middle School and other programs in the future. Please visit www.reachusainc.org for more information. Jason and his partner Debbie Lupold took home the very first Mirror Ball trophy as they were crowed the winners of the first-ever Dancing with the East Pennsboro Stars in 2012!