the first dance...
In January of 2012 I travelled to Nairobi, Kenya under the sponsorship of a friend who lives there. Through your help here on Indiegogo with the first campaign of They Dance For Rain (click the title to view the info about that campaign), I was able to donate approximately 30 pairs of tap shoes, offer tap classes to more than 50 young adults, hoola hoop with some of the children of Babadogo, and create life-changing connections that strengthed mutual international understanding of the value of Dance in the world.
the next steps...
Now I am prepping to return to Nairobi in December to pick up where I left off and kick the whole thing up a notch. I will bring more tap shoes and hoola hoops to donate. I will return to the dancers whom I have already established connections with and create more connections too. For this trip, I will be sharing the journey with long-time artistic collaborator Monika Pizzichemiwho will meet me there in January. Monika will be adding an important component to the project: documentation. In still shots and video, she will be artfully capturing unforgettable and unique moments that only occur in situations such as these where we are making dance history. Overall, we will gather information to bring back home to exhibit the enormous impact dance can have.
let's raise $5000 to cover our expenses!
Our lodging and time are being donated, but we need help to cover our expenses. Your gift will help us to pay for: transporting two suitcases of tap shoes and pre-made hoola hoops ($800), ground+air transportation ($3200), photo equipment/materials, internet and phone, insurance, visas, and meals ($1800).
I depart for Nairobi on December 18th and will use this time to lay the groundwork & rekindle the connections needed for this project to happen. Monika will join me there on January 4th; we will work together for 2 weeks and return to the states on January 18th.
dance makes a difference
Sometimes it seems that the only difference we can truly make in a complicated world is to share the truest parts of oursleves, what is in our hearts as artists, with others that can appreciate it. We can share the tools we use for sustaining joy in times of struggle. I have witnessed that this kind of connection increases our capacity for love and compassion as citizens of the world.
ways you can help, even if you don't dance
If you are not able to contribute funds at this time, there other ways your can help.
- get the word out and help us make some noise about the campaign
- click the share button (often) to let others in your social networking circle know
- send an email to some people who you think may want to give to the project
- donate a pair of tap shoes or a hoola hoop, or ask someone you know to
what do we dance for?
There are many reasons why we dance. Take a moment and wonder why people dance. What is accomplished through dancing? For some people, dancing is as important as eating. It feeds their community, their spirits and sometimes...it even pays their bills.
And as my friend Holly in Nairobi said to me when I struggled thinking that I didn't have anything of intrinsic value to offer as a dance artist, "Stefanie, some people, they dance for rain."
please give what you can and become a part of this movement
“All that is important is this one moment in movement. Make the moment important, vital, and worth living. Do not let it slip away unnoticed and unused.” -Martha Graham