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Dance Across the USA

Organized by: Jonathan Givens

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Success on the fundraiser, now we focus on the book development
October 20, 2016

Having now completed our goal (and then some!) we turn our attention to creating the book.  The process is long and slow, but we are progressing See More

THE STORY:

The idea behind this project is to showcase the variety and beauty of both our country, and the dancers that live within it, all in an effort to raise money for our nation's parks, as well as for arts education in the USA. We want to be able to promote dance as both a wonderful career and lifestyle, as well as a great benefit to the development of children. To do this, we are going to drive to all 48 contiguous states, (and fly to Alaska and Hawai'i) to photograph a dancer at a national park, national historic Location, or state park. These images will be cataloged on our website (www.danceatusa.com) and will then be used in a book to be sold worldwide.  The images on the website are only "teasers", with the really amazing photos being reserved for the book.  The proceeds from this book will be donated to the parks and the National Endowment for the Arts  with the specific purpose of being used for arts education.

 

The Benefits of the project - Dance as an activity benefits children and adults in a variety of ways. There is the obvious physical benefit, but the goodness doesn't stop there. There are documented benefits in self-esteem, social interaction, and even improvement in education and general learning. Dancing with others fosters lifelong friendships, and gives people great joy by being able to dance.

 

Another benefit of this project is to remind us of America's majesty. Our country covers a wide variety of ecosystems, great history, and beautiful scenery. With the recent rise in popularity of dance in the public eye, ranging from television show like Dance Moms, So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing with the Stars, to films (Black Swan, Billy Elliot, the Step Up series) and of course Broadway, we can help the interest in dance to foster a rise in interest in America's parks and historic sites, With almost a 20% drop in visitation per capita since 1993 (source - Declining National Park Visitation, by Stevens, More, and Markowski-Lindsay 2014), our citizens are focusing more and more on electronic media, which forgetting about the physical experience of our national history and beauty. We believe that by photographing talented dancers in these nationally significant locations, we will both increase the interest in dance, as well as expose people to the accessibility and majesty of our country.

 

The end result of this project is to create a photo book with all the images created on the journey. Once complete, a portion of the proceeds will go to benefit our parks, as well as the National Endowment for the Arts. The creation of these photos is an expensive proposition to begin with. From permit fees at each location, to transportation costs, all the way down to tolls and gasoline, there are a lot of expenses that we need to cover to get this journey complete.  So, each and every penny donated goes to the cost of creation of these photos. Thanks so much for your help!

$43,931

 

110% Raised of $40,000 Goal

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  • Anonymous

    $250

  • Mikayla Pham

    $40

  • Gergely Family

    $75

  • The Comstock Family

    $200

  • May Kesler

    $200

  • Madison Young

    $100

  • Jason Scurlock

     

  • Arianna Gavrilas

    $63

  • Ken Brass

    $100

  • Arianna's Uncle

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Roberts'

    $25

  • Victoria Stocker

    $100

  • The Wilkins Family

    $25

  • ChristIan "Christy" Louque

    $50

  • Serena simmons

     

  • Nancy and Amber Greenwood

    $50

  • Arianna Gavrilas

    $25

  • Verlane franklin

    $20

  • Lee Turner

    $10

  • Alexandria franklin

    $20

  • Arianna Gavrilas

    $25

  • Erica Franklin

    $10

  • Jenni & Sean DeWinter

    $50

  • Claudiu Gradea

    $25

  • Mom and dad

    $35

  • Meghal Vakil

    $20

  • Cristin NGUYEN

    $50

  • Oscar and xixi

    $50

  • Family of Miranda

    $250

  • Nicolas Gavrilas

    $25

  • Nistor Mihai and Ely

    $25

  • The Campbellettes

    $110

  • Dawn & Pate - Keep dancing Jen! Your amazing!

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Chelsea Brown

     

  • Alexandria Franklin

     

  • Mary Scott

    $100

  • Amy Flowers

    $750

  • Sarah Newman

    $100

  • Francesca Kraszewski

    $200

  • Susan Marie Carlo

    $10

  • Kim Kochamba

    $50

  • Cumberland Dance Academy

    $250

  • Melanie Huelsman

    $200

  • Stacey Slackford-Barnes

    $50

  • Brian and Lisa Foster

    $100

  • Maria Bunning

    $25

  • Chelsea Dee Robinson

    $100

  • Victoria Stocker

    $150

  • Amanda Kuntz

    $100

  • Love your Family, Grandparents and Uncles

    $100

  • Brian Puckett

    $25

  • Teresa Bonello

    $50

  • Joy Kaufman

    $200

  • Dean Goodwin

    $25

  • Grannie J.

    $25

  • Cora Tyler

    $65

  • Laura Pearson

    $50

  • Linsey Battle

    $50

  • Karah Haug

    $100

  • Dad & Mom

    $100

  • Lafayette

    $25

  • Gerie Anderson

    $25

  • Brittany Johnson

    $10

  • Alicia Rosa

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Bob Schaar

    $25

  • Emma Krauss

    $50

  • Shannon Butterfield

    $125

  • Paula O'Connell

    $221

  • Dance family

    $88

  • MK Studios

    $250

  • Dance Family

    $88

  • Kimberly Kay

    $100

  • Walter G Grant

    $200

  • Jimmy Hall

    $40

  • Shari Townsend

    $50

  • Rebecca & Trevor Erickson

    $200

  • United Way of Carbon County - Nord Kirkeeng

    $200

  • Kendra Scott

    $170

  • Jenny Montoya

    $150

  • Your Family

    $60

  • Carmen Loran

    $200

  • Phyllis & Clarence Mullins

    $250

  • Reed & Lauren Estes

    $50

  • Nathan & Christina Dulaney

    $100

  • Lisa Wilensky

    $150

  • Shannon Butterfield

    $20

  • Sue Anderson

    $25

  • Ieree Lundin

    $200

  • Kennedy Butterfield

     

  • Mikayla Scaife

    $50

  • Mrs. Gail Hornby

    $30

  • Anonymous

    $600

  • Babbette's Studio

    $150

  • Anonymous

    $150

  • Gabby Pulido

     

  • Gabby

    $100

  • Alfred P. Neuman

    $100

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Donor Comments

Alfred P. Neuman

Alfred P. Neuman

DONATION: $100

6 months ago

Gabby

Gabby

DONATION: $100

11 months ago

Gabby Pulido

Gabby Pulido

Thank you for the honor. 11 months ago

Anonymous

Anonymous

DONATION: $150

12 months ago

Babbette's Studio

Babbette's Studio

DONATION: $150

Aliya Edwards 12 months ago

Anonymous

Anonymous

DONATION: $600

1 year ago

Mrs. Gail Hornby

Mrs. Gail Hornby

DONATION: $30

1 year ago

Mikayla Scaife

Mikayla Scaife

DONATION: $50

In Memory of Ella Bowen 1 year ago

Kennedy Butterfield

Kennedy Butterfield

Congratulations Kennedy 1 year ago

Ieree Lundin

Ieree Lundin

DONATION: $200

Thank you for all you do! 1 year ago

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