Video posted on February 29, 2016 at 6:15 am CST

To Tsehaya Smith, success is artistic liberty. But financial burdens threatened to take it all away.

Tsehaya is an accomplished dancer and choreographer. Her career was thriving until her mother passed away, leaving her a house drowning in debt. With the help of Detroit Eviction Defense, she found triumph in court by proving that the loan on the house had been illegally predatory. Tsehaya continues to teach and mentor young dancers in her New York-based dance company.

“It’s no longer about ‘no Romance Without Finance,’ in this world it’s now no knowledge, no access without finance.”

She is pursuing her American dream by providing the opportunities she never had to the younger generation.