Asmara has many meanings worldwide. In Arabic, it describes a Black or Nubian Woman. In Bali it means love. In Ethiopian, it describes women who have come together. Asmara is also the capitol of Eritrea.
About the Asmara Belly Dance Initiative:
We are belly dancers of color who want to facilitate and fund festivals that celebrate belly dancers from the diaspora. Our mission is to inspire dancers to embrace their inner and outer beauty and celebrate themselves through performance and self-expression. We do not host competitions but rather stage shows, teaching opportunities and panel discussions.
Our goal is to host a globally acclaimed belly dance festival in 2021.
We promise to engage in a co-design framework in which the community we desire to serve can tell us how they best see fit to do so! Bylaws, rules, code of conduct, etc, will all be determined by the participants themselves. We feel it is mandatory to remain accountable throughout this process and ensure transparency the entire way.
Dancers from all walks of life are invited to attend our festival, but priority will be given to those who identify as POC (people of color).
This event will provide subsidy for low-income, aspiring performers. It will also create teaching opportunities for new instructors. We will hire top of line musicians and artists from around the world in an effort to promote the opportunity to dance to live music for those who may not have otherwise had the chance.
Our guild is made of 6 women of color who are working belly dancers. Together they manage:
Inclusion, Accountability, Accessibility & Ethical Operations - Jaicyea Smith
Web Design & Graphics - Michelle Hasna
Media, Marketing, Customer & Client Relations - Sabia Nayeli
Travel, Transportation, Hotel Event Planning & Management - Khadijah Smith
Accounting, Fundraising, Festival Sales & Subsidy Programs - Maiea Williams
Our vision is to host an annual festival that brings us all together (Location: TBD by YOU!). A place where Black and brown belly dancers can network, connect and support one another. Growing our community means growing our economy! Show your support and donate to our movement today! Here's what the money will go towards:
25% NEED-BASED SCHOLARSHIPS
20% INSTRUCTOR FEES
15% FLIGHT, HOTEL AND TRANSPORTATION FOR ORGANIZERS
15% VENUE RENTAL
10% SAVINGS, FUTURE EVENTS
5% MARKETING/PROMOTIONAL COSTS
5% PHOTOGRAPHY/ONLINE STREAM/HIGH QUALITY VIDEO FOR REMOTE ATTENDEES
5% GIVEAWAYS, VENDOR PRIZES AND MORE EXTRAVAGANT GIFTS FOR ATTENDEES
To maintain transparency we intend on :
Hosting regular board meetings.
Sharing information with the public quarterly.
Creating a system where people can seek appropriate assistance when needed.
Supporting each other’s festivals and shows.
Providing scholarship applications and teaching opportunities.
THANK YOU for taking the time to hear our vision and contribute to our mission. We appreciate you!
Please note this: There is a fee of 2.9% plus $0.30 fee per donation on GoFundMe. These fees go directly to the GoFundMe payment processor. Also, American Donors, the funds are in CAD dollars.
- Tiffany Hunter
- Mandi Williams
- Sumalee Ellis
- Nora Marku
- Sampriti De
Fundraising team: Asmara Bellydance Initiative (6)
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