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The Roots and Wings project will build a cushioned dance floor in our new studio space!
Jenna Richter
Seattle, Washington
United States
1 Team Member

Thanks for taking a moment to look at Gildenfire Dance's IndieGoGo Project Roots and Wings!  We are jumping out of our nest of community centers, gymnasiums and church basements and gliding down into our own sunlit space less than two miles from our current home in West Seattle.  We need a soft landing!  So we would like to build a safe, comfortable and professional dance floor. The floor—foam covered with Marley dance floor vinyl material—will be the perfect springboard for our future!

Over the years I’ve accumulated a following of students and an array of locations where I teach. Thirteen years ago, I worked as a preschool teacher.  My BA in Dance from UW was gathering dust when one of the preschool mom's asked me to teach a dance class for her daughter Michaela.  With three students I began to teach at Phinney Neighborhood Center.  I think I paid more in rent than I earned in tuition!  From the start it was important to me that no one was ever turned away who couldn't pay or could only pay a portion.  Soon enough, I taught dance at the preschool where I was a Toddler Teacher, Small Faces.  In 2008 I began teaching all the students at The Community School of West Seattle.  Eventually, I found the Highland Park Improvement Club and relocated many of my class there.  Now I teach in five places and have about 125 students. That’s a lot of little birds and a lot of scattered nests.

But I found us a new home—a big building with twenty-foot ceilings where our hearts can soar!  A space where we can have mirrors on the wall to help us learn.  A place where we can have ballet barre's for Saturday Morning Ballet.  A place that will be greatly improved with floors that will keep us safe, that will protect our longevity in dance and help Gildenfire Dance to thrive with it’s dancers. Our goal is to open the doors with a padded Marley Floor in March 2013.

Hooray, we've got the space! But to make it work, we need:

1.  Most important: Five-eights inch foam underlay and Marely Flooring $6,870 is the total cost for the flooring!

2.  Mirrors: $1,500-$2,500

We have come so far but we need this floor to open the doors!

Why should you help Gildenfire Dance build complete this project?

In short, Gildenfire Dance makes a positive impact in the community. Gildenfire Dance, encourages and uplifts its families and the young dancers who attend classes and perform in local public spaces. Here are some of the ways we do this:

Every year we provide over $1,000 in scholarships to our students in Dance and Acrobatics based on financial need.

Our tuition is far less than most local studios which provides more opportunities for all children to dance.

We donate hundred of dollars in gift certificates to local charities and schools each year.

Our programs are open to all children regardless of differing abilities and strengths.

We build self-confidence, coordination, balance, strength, grace, pride and joy every single time we open the doors.

Our performances often take place in retirement communities, bringing the joy of dance to the elderly, and the joy of the elderly to the dancers.

Please take this moment to support the work Gildenfire does to make a difference in the lives of these amazing young dancers!


What We Need & What You Get

We need this floor to keep young dancers bodies safe and provide the spring board for our dancing and choreography:

  • Any amount we make up to $6870 will go towards the materials for the dance floor.  I will be installing the floor myself to keep costs in check.
  • Any additional money donated will go to our Mirrors Fund in order to mirror one wall  of the studio so that our dancers can continue to grow and improve their technique.  We will also be able to offer offer ballet classes!
  • Your support affords you some amazing rewards!

The Impact

This campaign will have a positive impact on the lives of children:

  • This floor will provide a safe place for children to dance.
  • We can continue to grow and offer new classes to help keep children engaged and promoting thier love of dance.
  • We will be able to afford to continue our scholarship program which benefits children whose families cannot afford to pay for dance and acrobatics classes.

Other Ways You Can Help

Please spread the word about our campaign! 

  • Take a moment to share our Roots and Wings Project on Facebook, Twitter and email anyone that you think would like to support our cause.


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raised by 56 people in 19 days
142% funded
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$5,500 USD goal
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This campaign ended on February 28, 2013
Select a Perk
  • $15USD
    Seeds Level Backer

    A button with our new logo and a thank you note!

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2013
  • $25USD
    Roots Level Backer

    An invitation to the Family Dance Party to celebrate the floor! We will be trying out the new floor and dancing with our friends!

    9 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2013
  • $50USD
    Sprout Level Backer

    A Kids Night Out dance party on the new floor! 3 hour early evening event in March!

    15 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2013
  • $75USD
    Stems Level Backer

    Make your own custom Hula Hoop. Custom size and design for you or your child and then plenty of time to practice your skills on the new dance floor!

    3 out of 25 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2013
  • $100USD
    Leaves Level Backer

    An evening of celebration, dance and gratitude. Come out and celebrate with us, dance on the new floor and socialize with other backers!

    5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2013
  • $250USD
    Branches Level Backer

    Choose from one week of School Age Summer Camp or a 2 Hour Dance Birthday Party for any age child!

    6 out of 8 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $500USD
    Buds Level Backer

    Unlimited Dance and Acrobatics for a child for a whole year! Choose from preschool or school age classes and Acrobatics for your child!

    7 out of 8 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2013
  • $1,000USD
    Blossoms Level Backer

    A year of unlimited Dance and Acrobatics Classes AND either a dance birthday party OR a week of Summer Camp!

    0 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2013
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