connectingvibes* Dance Company in race to meet deadline for its 2013 Grenada National Dance Festival fundraising campaign.
Online PR News – 04-January-2013 – London, England – connectingvibes* Dance Company has just 3 days left in which to raise its £5,000 target which would enable the company to perform at the 2013 National Dance Festival. The company is using the "Please Fund Us" crowd funding platform and, to date, has raised £4,130 - tantalisingly close to its target.
This target has been reached with just 60 donors which, in itself, reflects the generosity of the individuals supporting this project. The dilemma is that if the company fails to reach its fundraising target then any funds raised thus far will be returned to the donors.
connectingvibes* was set up 12 years ago to give young artists (dancers, designers, photographers and musicians) at an early stage of their careers, performance opportunities. The company draws from a number of styles, particularly from the Caribbean and Europe, including traditional African and Caribbean dance forms, Reggae, Calypso and Contemporary Dance. The company is based at City and Islington College and is artistically led by Beverley Glean (Artistic Director of IRIE! dance theatre at Moonshot Centre) and Rosie Lehan (Independent Choreographer and Dance Lecturer at City and Islington College).
The Grenada National Dance Festival is of special significance to the company as it was an invitation to perform at this festival during the year 2000 which ultimately led to the formation of connectingvibes*. The founder members of connectingvibes* have said that performing in the millennium event had a profound impact upon their development as artists.
One of those dancers, Denzil Barnes, is now a board member of connectingvibes*and he had this to say of his experience at the 2000 Grenada National Dance Festival:
"Being in this kind of environment and working atmosphere made me want to represent my company even more by improving, absorbing, sharing and delivering the essence of what connectingvibes* is about. I felt that each individual was chosen to be the next pioneer in cross cultural performance techniques and traditions."
Since the company's inception, it has been engaged in 10 national tours and the year 2011 saw the welcome addition of Connecting Vibes USA based in Baltimore. While the Artistic Directors of connectingvibes* worked with the sister company in 2012, choreographing a new piece for the company the dancers of the two companies have not had the opportunity to meet or work together. Therefore, should the company be successful in their fundraising bid, the Grenada National Dance Festival will, in addition, provide a meeting place for the dancers of the two companies as Connecting Vibes USA will also be performing at this event.
There is a reward system in place for those wishing to make a donation and, naturally, the more you give the greater the reward. Rewards include a free dance class, a free limited edition connectingvibes* 2013 Grenada National Dance Festival T-shirt, free tickets to the launch of connectingvibes* new production and even an exclusive performance of the new production at Moonshot Centre for the donor and special guests.
And so, in addition to fundraising, the company have been hard at work rehearsing their new production which will be launched at the The Camden Theatre at City and Islinton College in April 2013. Co-Artistic Director, Rosie Lehan said:
“This is the first time we’ve tried a crowd funding approach to fundraising. It’s been hard work but an enjoyable experience. We’re really encouraged by the support we’ve received for our campaign and we're doing our utmost to ensure we reach our target.”
Individuals wishing to support connectingvibes* Please Fund Us campaign can do so at the link below:
connectingvibes* is a creative dance company founded in 2000 which aims to give young artists at an early stage of their career performance opportunities.