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Tied to Each Other

My shoes are tied to you.

When I put the Tap shoes back in the baskets, I often tie the laces of each shoe to each other so they won’t get mismatched. Poetically, I am reminded of how two sea otters “hold hands” while sleeping so they won’t float apart during the night. Today, while gathering shoes from a class to put back in the basket, I noticed that I didn’t tie my shoes together. I thought about this after and decided that my shoes are already tied to every shoe in the basket. And just as they are also tied to the drum, the floor, my heart, and my mentors… in this continued poetic way… now my shoes are tied to you.

Recently, I have revisited a quote that once inspired me as an Environmental Science student in the 90’s said by Lilla Watson, an indigenous Australian/Murri visual artist and activist. “If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. If you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” 

These words have taken on a new meaning for me because of the work that we do with THEY DANCE FOR RAIN. It is not “them dancing” and “us helping”. It is all of us woven together.  We are bound to each other through this often invisible thread of humanity. When we step outside of our comfortable places we must face our ignorances, insecurities, assumptions, privileges, and differences and find the courage to admit, accept and then embrace in order to create peace and real change. THEY DANCE FOR RAIN encourages this process… here in the U.S. and in Nairobi.

We look forward to returning to Nairobi for the month of January to continue strengthening the awareness of this thread through the process of making dance, photography, art and -most importantly maybe- meaningful relationships. Thank you for being a part in this process.

As we prepare the baskets for more Tap shoes, we have some loose ends to tie-up. $2000 must find it’s way to us in the next 45 days so we can complete our fundraising, focus on our objectives and be ready for our 5th residency in January.

If you have not given and want to, here is the link to make your tax-deductible donation online: https://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/fiscal/profile?id=9160

To mail a check written to FRACTURED ATLAS for THEY DANCE FOR RAINsend to: Stefanie Weber PO BOX 3094 Pittsfield, MA 01202 (I will email you a tax receipt after the donation is processed.)

If you have given already: THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

We’ll be in touch again before we venture off. Until then, I hope this little note reminds you of the indestructible and eternal threads between us all.

Be well
-Stefanie

They Dance For Rain is a Fractured Atlas fiscally-sponsored project founded/directed by Stefanie Weber in collaboration with fine arts photographer Monika Pizzichemi and project assistant Josephine McDonald. 

Listen to my interviewabout Tap Dancing,They Dance For Rainand our fundraiserSOFT SHOE BOOMwith Jason Velázquez of The Greylock Glass. Become a patron of Jason’s information-packed Berkshires-only podcast here.(photo by Monika Pizzichemi)
Thank you to all the amazing artists, cooks, performers, volunteers and patrons of SOFT SHOE BOOM! It was certainly a night to remember!  Special thanks to Ghazi Kazmi & The Whitney Center for The Arts, Dana Bixby Architecture andDiane Firtell Designs.  (photo by Michael McKay)
Here is a list of some things we are in need of in case you see Santa: 
  • used laptop or macbook
  • used/unlocked iPhones
  • cameras
  • AA batteries
  • ped socks/shoe liners
  • Tap shoes
  • Tap dvds+books
Visit our Vimeo Album to see some of the edited videos from our work between 2012-2015.
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December 5th Jazz Dance

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Dance artist Stefanie Weber will deliver a soulful menu of -what are now- classic Jazz dance techniques: isolations, hinges, footwork, and moving phrases. Experience a seamless blend of detailed choreography and freestyle movement that feels both invigorating and at times effortless. While combining fluidity and grace with bold accents and style, this class is for those that have something to express from deep within their bones.

Musical accompaniments will range from Billie Holiday to PJ Harvey, John Lee Hooker to The White Stripes, Duke Ellington to Michael Jackson. Wear Jazz shoes, sneakers, or go barefoot. It’s up to you, just be prepared to strut, spin and slink.

Stefanie Weber has been studying movement, making dances and performing since childhood. Her passion for dancing has taken her throughout the US, to Canada, Cuba, Spain, and Kenya and always back to her native Pittsfield. She brings a wealth of dance experience in many forms including: Traditional and Modern Jazz, Rhythm Tap, Ballet, Modern, Afro-Cuban, West African, Middle Eastern and Somatic forms such as Butoh, Continuum and Gyrotonic.

Class cost is the usual $10 for this one-time special event.

Soft Shoe Boom!

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Buy tickets online: https://www.artful.ly/store/events/7168

Reserve tickets (cash/check): TD4Rkenya@gmail.com

Calling all creatives!

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They Dance for Rain is partnering with artists of all media for “Soft Shoe BOOM!” An evening of art, dance, performance, food, fun and an UnSilent Auction of your artwork inspired by the Tap Shoe!

This evening benefits They Dance For Rain programs in Nairobi, Kenya.

 

You get:
-A tap shoe for inspiration. (You may keep it or return it.)
-Your work on the walls/floor of the Whitney Center for the Arts for the month of October, 2015.
-Two receptions.
-50% of the sale price of your artwork (or you can choose to make a 100% donation to They Dance for rain)
-The chance to be part of TD4R’s work to inspire new Tap Dancers in Nairobi, Kenya and improve the lives of others.
Dates:
-Artwork due Sunday, September 27
-Show Dates Oct 1- 30
-First Friday Artswalk Friday October2, 5 – 8pm
-“Soft Shoe BOOM!” Saturday October 24, 7pm

 

Contact Monika at td4rkenya@gmail.com for details and to get a tap shoe.

 

They Dance for Rain is a dance-making project in Nairobi Kenya working with various arts-for-social- change organizations with dance and photography. They Dance For Rain began in 2011 when dance artist Stefanie Weber raised funds to bring along a duffle bag of donated Tap Shoes with her to Nairobi for a visit to a good friend. Since then the project has grown into an annual residency that boasts of being the most artfully documented, organized and sustained introduction of Rhythm Tap Dance in Kenya and possibly East Africa.

 

They Dance For Rain is directed by Stefanie Weber in collaboration with fine-arts photographer/artist Monika Pizzichemi and project assistant and tap dancer Josephine McDonald.

 

Tap & Blues in Arlington and Otis

Arlington Center for the Arts, Arlington, MA August 8th, 8p

Knox Trail Inn, Otis, MA, August 15th, 7:30p

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