A huge part of Dancing For Joy is community. We value it. Our coffee shop is proof of that! We have a sit down area where people can enjoy a cup of coffee and share a great conversation. We invite people to be a part of things: like, building wells in Africa, the re-telling of the nativity story through dance at Christmas, and shows that are more than "recitals". The bottom line is that we care about kids, and who they grow up to be: Artists! Creators! Dancers! The art of motion is not just for the elite few who can make it as a career - it is for everyone who enjoys dance, and finds joy in dance. All are welcome to be a part of the giving and artful community of Dancing For Joy.
Thank you to all of the wonderful people that make up Dancing For Joy! It is not an entity in and of itself, but a larger community of people that make it what it is. Thank you Teachers, Office Staff, Students, and Parents for your continued involvement and support. Dancing For Joy would not exist without all of you!
The Thirst Project
We are dedicated to continue to do what we feel called to at dancing for joy, and making a difference in the world while we do it. Do what you love to aid what you hate. We hate that there are so many people in the world without the basic need of clean water. Millions die per year because of drinking water that is unsanitary. Over 60% of our bodies are made of water, yet so many people cannot rehydrate themselves with a clean water. This basic need, has called us as a community to continually raise money to build wells in Africa, clean water wells for communities that are without clean water. Dancing for Joy has built 10 wells so far and are well into our 11th well. GPS coordinates will be available soon, as to the exact locations of the wells we have sponsored in Ethiopia. If you feel led to participate in this effort financially or in other ways, please donate or ask how you can support the building of these wells at our office. Thanks.
We raise money: Donating all of our tips from our coffee shop, raising awareness in the community, selling bottled water at our coffee shop, we have a benefit show every March near World Water Day, Special Promotions, Bake Sales, & an on-going donation area at our studio (for every dollar donated, you get to put a blue marble in a Jerry Can - It represents a drop of clean water for people that are without it).
Dancing For Joy’s first 10 wells were built in Ethiopia with our implementing partner “Evangeline International” a wonderful non-profit that is currently undergoing directional change as an organization. We thank them for the many years of collaboration in bringing clean water to those without it. We are proud to announce that we have found a new implementing partner called “The Thirst Project” which aligns with our mission for lasting clean water and high standards of sustainability for the wells that we help fund. We will be focusing on providing clean water and irradicating thirst in the “Kingdom of Eswatini” previously called “Swaziland” alongside our new partners. Each well is going to cost $12,000 which is the cost of building the well, engaging/training the communities which they reside in, and how to make it last for a lifetime. Communities usually range between 300-500 people without clean drinking water & 100% of our donations go directly towards the building of the well and it’s sustainability. At Dancing For Joy, Jubilee dance companies, and our broader community we are attempting to build one well per year through dance and fundraising efforts. We are committed to doing what we love “dance” to undo what we hate “waterborne illness & thirst in the world”. It is truly a crisis in which we hope to bring a “drop” of sustainable change and awareness too. Please consider joining our “thirst-no-more” team, and give the gift that will keep on giving.
JOIN THE TEAM OR DONATE @ http://my.thirstproject.org/thirstnomore