About "The NJ Dance Network"
"The Dance Network" is a
facility that will be located in the heart of Downtown Newark, New Jersey. I,
Rah Digga, have obtained a lease for one of SEVERAL abandoned spaces in Newark
and with the help of countless community members; we will have the place completely
renovated in 30 days. This facility will act as a meeting ground for
various talented children/people in the city of Newark, as well as the
surrounding areas. The focus will be dance in all of its variations. It is a
chance for children that do not attend the one (1) performing arts school (Arts
High) in the city to receive some formal training. The goal is to develop
full-scale dance recitals, theatrical productions to be performed in our city,
and basically act as a stomping ground to deter talented kids from getting into
trouble with their idle time.
About “Hood House: So Jersey”
I am releasing a 3-4 song EP entitled Hood House: So Jersey tentatively
scheduled for December 2013. I will be releasing a series of videos for the EP
to be packaged as a dance DVD, which casts participants of the NJ Dance
Network. It is my hope that employing people directly from the community would
be a great way to boost morale and offer them a chance to experience pop
culture in a positive environment while utilizing his or her natural born
About “Breaking in the Brix”
In the Brix is the current working title for the first stage production
I am producing. It is a musical remake of the 1984 classic movie “Breakin” to
be performed at any one of Newark’s arts and entertainment venues such as the
New Jersey Performing Arts Center or Newark Symphony Hall’s Terrace Ballroom.
We are prepping to have it ready by Spring 2014. We will
launch another kickstarter for this project sometime around January. I'm
currently working on obtaining 501(c)(3) status so that all contributions are
tax deductible. Until such time, I've been spending my own personal funds to
make such a dream of mine come to fruition!
Where does the money go?
Funds from this campaign will be used
towards producing the videos for the EP and making the preliminary preparations
for our first stage production. There are hefty production costs as well as
salaries for (but not specific to):
• Scriptwriters • Choreographers
• Production hands
• Set designers
• Recording Artists
• Music supervisors • Instrument players
• Costume designers
• Vocal coaches
• Youth advocates
• Hair/Makeup artists
• Team leaders • Life coaches
How Kickstarter works:
You can pledge any amount and choose a
reward. At the end of our Kickstarter campaign, if the combined total of all
pledges for our project meets our $20,000 goal, then the credit cards of those
who have pledged are charged and we receive the funds to pay our talent. If we
don't meet our goal, then the money is not withdrawn from your account and no
rewards are provided. If we exceed our $20,000 goal then the extra funds are
used to make THE DANCE NETWORK the experience of a lifetime. Aside from a 5%
Kickstarter fee and a 3.5% Amazon credit card processing fee, ALL funds raised are
used directly for Dance Network.
Can you increase your pledge once it’s been made?
YES! Once you donate to our campaign,
you may want to change your incentive reward to a different one, or increase
your pledge amount. To do so, go to Kickstarter and sign in. If you go to our
campaign page, the green “Back This Project” button has been replaced with a
blue “Manage Your Donation” button. Click it and you can enter a new amount, or
choose a new incentive.
What happens if all the money isn’t raised in time?
Unfortunately, NOTHING. If our entire
$20,000 goal isn’t met before the deadline, no money changes hands and our
workshop and entire project will be in big trouble. We know you won't let this
Can we exceed the goal?
Kickstarter will allow as much money as
is given before the deadline. Even though $20,000 is already a lot of money, it
is still a bare minimum for what I am trying to do since the Dance Network has
a projected overhead that exceeds 5k per month. Your generous donations would
mean less having to worry about trying to cut through political red tape or
getting lost in a system that would rather spend money on building a new prison.
How do you contact us?
For more about NJ Dance Network:
Follow us on Twitter & Instagram: @NJDanceNetwork
Contact: 973 536 0815