Dance Africa Fest 2018

    Empowering community. Bolstering an appreciation of and for, African/Black Diaspora Dance.

    Dance Africa Fest 2018: Support Our Continued Growth!

    Empowering community. Bolstering an appreciation of and for, African/Black Diaspora Dance. Drink joy and feel the rhythm -- power -- love -- brilliance offered here.

     Austin, TX, United States
    This is a Fiscally-Sponsored Project

    Fiscally Sponsored by Fractured Atlas

    Dance Africa Fest is an Austin-based multi-day conference developed by Tonya Pennie and features internationally renowned artists in African Diaspora dance, drum, and vocal workshops. Other highlights include special free dance workshops for children and the community, and a vendor marketplace (the African Marketplace). We've grown 100% from presenting annually, to an impressive schedule featuring Spring and Fall two-day, all-day, workshop events!

    Founder and Director: Tonya Pennie.

    SAVE THE DATE!

    On August 11-12, 2018, we are proud to present our signature festival for the fourth amazing year! We will explore dance and dance traditions of Africa, the Caribbean, and the USA. Dance facilitators/instructors confirmed represent an array of artists of the African Diaspora generously sharing their expertise, including:
    1. Michelle N. Gibson | New Orleans, LA, USA. "The New Orleans Original BuckShop," culture and Diasporic traditions of Black, New Orleans. Michelle N. Gibson teaches about the rich Diasporic blood lines of the Black, New Orleans community focusing on the rooted and embodied traditions clearly noticeable within what she defines as her Second Line Aesthetic. The New Orleans Original BuckShop works to honor the culture as a lived experience by creating a platform of the aesthetic and historical relevance becoming a part of the academic conversation as it relates to the African American vernacular, the culture, and social dance forms.
    2. Ismael Kouyaté | Guinea, Africa. Guinean dance, and vocal workshop. Ismael Kouyaté was born in Guinea, Africa, into a long line of 'Griots', the oral historians that preserve the history and culture of Africa through songs, stories, music and dance. He served as a Master Choreographer for the Broadway/touring production of Fela!, along with having a principal role in the play.
    3. Dr. Adanna Jones | Trinidad and Tobago. "Winin 101: Embodying Jamettness."  This workshop will teach participants the bodily logic behind the rolling hip dance known as winin'. Rooted in the Trinidadian Carnival, where the wine is most commonly performed, this workshop will introduce participants to the deep histories of this dance culture, paying particular attention to the late-19th Century jamette figure of Trinidad. Many scholars of the Trinidadian Carnival argue that the bodily logic of the wine is one of the inherited legacies of the jamette figure herself. In general, Dr. Jones' research remains focused on Caribbean dance and identity politics within the Diaspora.  
    4. Jean-Sebastien Duvilaire | Abricots, Grand' Anse, Haiti. "Moving Africa through Haitian Vodou Dance." From the artist: "I am a contemporary Haitian artist who works through Vodou culture in Haiti and on the African continent. I will use the space of a dance workshop to invoke the aesthetics of Haitian Vodou as a way to share my perspective and philosophy on Negritude. I integrate Haitian perspectives and multiple African philosophies, cultivating a way to bridge diasporic culture and Africa for our contemporary world. This workshop will engage participants through songs, dance and dialogue, demonstrating the relationship between rhythm, dance, spirit, and philosophy."

    This Is Where You Come In...

    To produce this festival we've received a City of Austin Cultural Heritage Festival Program grant of $22,133 that requires a 1:1 cash match. We are $5,000 shy of matching our Cultural Heritage Festival Program grant and meeting our production budget. We need your help to raise the final portion of our budget, meet our match requirement, and present Dance Africa Fest 2018!

    How We Will Use These Funds?

    The money that we raise in this campaign helps support our production budget, including:
    • artist fees for at least 4 dance and/or drum teaching-artists;
    • hiring musicians and a brass band  -- almost all of the workshops incorporate live drumming, or live music performed by some of Austin's best musicians;
    • providing at least 5 scholarships for youth dancers aged 14-19 whom would otherwise not be able to afford to attend; youth can apply here!
    • paying personnel/crew costs.

    What We Need & What You Get

    • We need to raise the final $5,000 (or more!) to produce this festival and provide the balance of our production budget.
    • We’re doing everything we can to keep registration costs down because we want this festival to be as accessible as possible. But we aren’t skimping on the talent! We are hosting professional and award winning teaching artists, as well as accompanying musicians. Some of Austin's best musicians will provide live drumming and music for classes. In case you're interested, and of course you should be, The New Orleans Original BuckShop features a live brass band!
    • By supporting this campaign, you are supporting the mission of Dance Africa Fest. Plus you get some stylish perks that you won’t be able to get anywhere else! We will be printing  t-shirts to help you look amazing and stay cool on the dance floor, along with an assortment of really cool dance swag.

    The Impact / Our Mission

    Our focus is to amplify an awareness of and provide a platform for African Diaspora dance. Our mission is to offer artistic and educational activities that celebrate traditional, contemporary, social, imaginative, gestural, pedestrian and physical exploration of dances of the African/Black Diaspora.

    In support of our mission and leading up to our August festival, this past April 28-29, 2018 we presented for the FIRST time in Austin, Texas, Brazilian dancer-choreographer Rosângela Silvestre for an in-depth, two-day workshop exploring contemporary Brazilian dance and its African roots. The positive energy produced is palpable and lasts well beyond the workshop itself.

    Dance Transforms!

    Dance transforms. Dance uplifts, empowers, heals, and provides kool-aid grins. Dance Africa Fest showcases the beauty and uniqueness of African Diaspora dance, while also reinforcing the common threads that remind us of our connection. 

    Other Ways You Can Help

    If you can't donate financially, we are looking for at least 10 volunteers for various two-hour shifts during our fest on August 11-12. We really need this, so if you can do it, please contact us at Tonya@DanceAfricaFest.org. We value your time and in exchange for volunteering for two hours you can attend one workshop for free.

    Do you have a blog, radio show, or column? Talk to us and share our project with your audience!

    Please share this campaign on your social media sites! Every share helps us get closer to our goal! Be sure to also like and follow our social media pages: 


    Thank you abundantly for your interest and for your support!!!
    Tonya

    Dance Africa Fest is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non­profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Dance Africa Fest must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” only. Any contribution above the value of the goods and services received by the donor is tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

    Rewards

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    One Nation Under A Groove

    Donate $100.00 or more

    Amount over $15.00 is tax-deductible.

    Items included:
    • Shout Out.
    • Listing on our website under supporters.
    • A fab Dance Africa Fest t-shirt.

    Square Biz - Donation

    Donate $15.00 or more

    Amount is fully tax-deductible.

    You will be recognized and appreciated as a supporter! To show our thanks we'll give you a virtual shout-out on the Dance Africa Fest social media accounts.

    Items included:
    • Shout Out.

    Do It To It!

    Donate $25.00 or more

    Amount is fully tax-deductible.

    We will give you a shout out, AND list you!

    Items included:
    • Shout Out.
    • Listing on our website under supporters.

    Boom-klack-boom-klack! Sponsor a Drummer

    Donate $250.00 or more

    Amount over $15.00 is tax-deductible.

    Donate AND support a drummer! Our workshops incorporate live drumming, performed by some of Austin’s best musicians. Your support will enable ONE drummer (or more!) to play for the festival both days. Thank you!

    Items included:
    • Shout Out.
    • Listing on our website under supporters.
    • A fab Dance Africa Fest t-shirt.
    • 11 x 17 Festival poster.

    Estimated delivery: Festival poster delivery August 2018

    Hip(g)nosis

    Donate $250.00 or more

    Amount over $15.00 is tax-deductible.

    Donate AND sweat it out! A 60-minute dance class for you and up to three of your friends, held at an Austin dance studio. Choose from either: African Diaspora dance with Tonya Pennie.

    Items included:
    • Shout Out.
    • Listing on our website under supporters.
    • A fab Dance Africa Fest t-shirt.
    • 11 x 17 Festival poster.

    Estimated delivery: Festival poster delivery August 2018

    Starfish and Coffee - sponsor one whole workshop for 50 people!

    Donate $1,000.00 or more

    Amount over $310.00 is tax-deductible.

    Sponsor one (1) entire 90-minute workshop and enable up to fifty (50) participants to attend absolutely free.

    Items included:
    • Shout Out.
    • Listing on our website under supporters.
    • Two fab Dance Africa Fest t-shirts.
    • 11 x 17 Festival poster.
    • Two (2) all-access passes, valued at $140 each.
    • Recognition as a Sponsor in all promotional pieces and literature.
    • Sponsor billing (logo/print) in all advertisements, posters, program. Name and logo placement in Dance Africa Fest marketing materials.

    Estimated delivery: August 2018.