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Dance of Joy: Dr. Solorio

Dance of Joy – Our Michelle is now officially Dr. Solorio –

Hubby and I are crazy proud as are all her sibs along with the rest of the Family and of course her Husband (our favorite Son-In-Law)

In the celebratory spirit of myriad Ivoirian individuals who took her into their hearts and homes…this video (used with permission) of a 1st Communion Celebration she attended (notice the 1st communicant in the center of the circle) represents our own inner – Dance of Joy.

Michelle Lilly Solorio


Submitted to
Michigan State University

in partial fulfillment of the requirements
for the degree of

 Education Policy – Doctor of Philosophy


Dedicated to the parents and teachers in Côte d’Ivoire who shared their lives with me.

Vous m’avez accueilli dans votre vie, donné de votre temps et partagé votre nourriture. Vous m’avez montré le vrai sens de “akwaaba.” Je vous chérirai toujours.

 This dissertation is also dedicated to my husband, David.

Thank you for supporting me through this long endeavor. You are my partner in everything. I love you.


  1. Jennie Fitzkee

    Congratulations! Love the dance of Joy!!

    • laura bruno lilly

      Thank you! Hope the dance of Joy brought a bit of happiness to your day.

  2. Marie A Bailey

    Congratulations to Dr. Solorio and your family! Thank you for sharing the Dance of Joy 🙂

    • laura bruno lilly

      Happy to spread alittle joy around for all to ‘dance’ to!
      Thanks for taking time to comment, Marie.

  3. Deborah Brasket

    That’s wonderful! I’m so happy for you and your daughter and family. What an extraordinary dissertation. How fun that must have been to study such a joyful people, to learn so much about their culture and what’s going on in other parts of the world. I loved the happy dance!

    • laura bruno lilly

      Glad to pass the happiness around – including the Dance of Joy from Cote d’Ivoire!

  4. Lisa

    Finally something good during Covid! Congrats to Michele and her whole family! What a fantastic accomplishment!

    • laura bruno lilly

      Ah, sorella-amica mia! thanks for joining in the our little happy dance!
      Miss you.

  5. tierneycreates

    Congratulations to her, how wonderful!

    • laura bruno lilly

      Thanks, Tierney.

  6. Ally Bean

    Great news! Congratulations to your daughter. How proud you must be. Rightly so.

    • laura bruno lilly

      Thanks, Ms Bean.

  7. Roseanne

    Love, love, LOVE this Laura. The celebration dance brought tears to my eyes. I do hope you pass on huge sincere congratulations for Dr. Solorio from Sue and I. How fabulous. It’s just the kind of news that we all need to hear about and celebrate with her and you. We will partay like rock stars right here! I have a new bottle of wine to open – we’ll toast her tonight. {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne

    • laura bruno lilly

      Thank you both for joining us in our happiness.

  8. Marty

    That is wonderful, Laura. You must be so proud. Congrats!

    • laura bruno lilly

      Oh yeahhhhh!
      Thanks, Marty.

  9. Jill

    Congratulations to your daughter, Laura.

    • laura bruno lilly

      Thank you, Jill.

  10. Mary J Puckett

    Hooray! And I love the dance film!

    • laura bruno lilly

      Yes, such fun!

  11. brigid gallagher

    Many congratulations to your daughter. May you all get to celebrate a joyful dance together soon.

    • laura bruno lilly

      Aw Brigid, now you gone and done it – tears of joy for when that happens…

  12. Mariss Stevens

    Oh most happy day. Congratulations all round

  13. Catherine de Seton

    what a wonderful celebration at this difficult time in the world – congratulations to all …

    • laura bruno lilly

      Thank you, Catherine.
      Take care

  14. Andy

    Great dance and a great congratulations !
    If I’d have been able to post an image, I had David Tennant on standby with “I’m the Doctor!”

    • laura bruno lilly

      Great one, Andy. Thanks for joining in our celebration.

  15. Laura

    My unreliable internet service (why is it a service when it doesn’t serve) won’t allow me to watch the video, Laura, but I am happy for you and the good Dr. Solorio! Dance on! 🙂

    • laura bruno lilly

      Glad to spread a little happiness around –
      Stay safe, Laura.


    What a unique experience your family is enjoying, so extraordinary, Congrats to all.

    • laura bruno lilly

      Thank you, Joe. All the best to you and your brood!

  17. L. Marie

    Aww! That’s awesome! Congratulations to Dr. Solorio! I’m crazy proud of her too! What an achievement. A dance of joy is so appropriate!

    • laura bruno lilly

      Thanks for joining us in our happiness – our dance of joy!

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