Dear, wonderful Kickstarter backers,
Check out our week 1 video update on YouTube, featuring an intro by Brent, lots of dancing, and an interview with TCDP guest artist Julie Niekrasz. Also featuring music by Son Lux (both pieces also have GREAT music - you can check out the music of Utan's collaborator Alan Morse Davies here, and I highly recommend you do!):
The Traverse City Dance Project began our adventure in Traverse City, MI on Monday, July 2. Our group of 12 dancers came from different places across the country and world, and it's amazing to see how close we all are already - but that's what dance does!
We've accomplished so much already, setting two complete ballets: one by Mauro de Candia, the other by John Utans! Brent and I cannot wait for all of you to see these brilliant pieces, and our gorgeous dancers are making the extremely hard work look easy.
When not in the studio, we've been out and about, meeting the people of Traverse City, and they are getting excited for our shows! We believe we are doing something that will add a new layer of depth to the already rich culture of this community. If you know anyone who would be interested coming to our shows, please send them to the City Opera House website for tickets!
Your support has made this amazing project possible. Thank you, and enjoy the update video! Next week: Brent and Jen begin setting brand new works on the dancers of TCDP. Look forward to beautiful dancing, and to meeting more dancers!
In the meantime, we think you should join us - do a little dance right here in your living room or office, grab your kids if you've got them and dance around the kitchen, do some leaping and skipping on the beach.... feels great, no?
Brent & Jen
The Traverse City Dance Project has reached our Kickstarter goal of $7000! On behalf of Brent and myself - THANK YOU to all who pledged, for your generous support and genuine interest in this exciting project!!
With 5 days to go, we are still happily fundraising on Kickstarter.
All additional funds we raise will help us cover the costs of housing the dancers, renting the theater, costumes, transportation... and much more!
After Friday, May 18, you can still support the project through our sponsoring organization Lottdance - click the "make a secure online donation" link on the Lottdance profile of the Fractured Altas website! Instead of rewards, you will receive a valuable tax-deduction when you donate through Lottdance/Fractured Atlas.
You can also help us by liking us on your Facebook page, tweeting about us, telling your friends!
Thank you all again for making our project a success!!
Brent & Jen
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PARTNERS' BREAKFAST with the dancers! In addition to all previous rewards, you will receive an e-invitation to observe an open class and rehearsal from 9:30-12pm on Friday, July 6, 2012. Coffee and light breakfast provided. Plus, you will be listed as a PARTNER in our program!Estimated delivery:
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SPONSOR-A-DANCER! In addition to all previous rewards, you will get a thank-you note and signed photograph from your dancer (sent out by early August 2012). You will be listed as a SPONSOR in our program. But that's not all! You'll get 2 tickets to the show of your choice (July 26 or 27, 2012), to be held under your name at Will Call.Estimated delivery:
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ANGELS! You'll receive ALL previous rewards, (including Sponsor-A-Dancer) and 2 tickets to the show of your choice! You will be listed as an ANGEL in our program - because that's what you are to us! - and you'll receive an exclusive DVD of one evening of our concert, signed by all the dancers!Estimated delivery:
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