About this project
This Kickstarter campaign is to raise the funds needed to create a photobook, titled Because Dance. The book features dancers from South Africa, and a part of the proceeds will be going to an outreach program that helps underprivileged children in townships learn to dance.
The reason for this project:
Have you ever wanted to do something special for someone you care about? Something that makes them smile, or reminds them how much you appreciate their impact in the world?
When I first travelled to Cape Town, South Africa, I joined a dance class (I love dance, you might have noticed...) and got to know the owners of the studio. In addition to the studio, they run a community outreach program through iKapa Dance that enables kids in disadvantaged areas (townships) to learn to dance. Programmes and training like this allow kids to get scholarships to better schools, provide a safe environment and a fun activity to pursue after school, and even the knowledge and training to develop into professional performers.
Throughout the dance community in Cape Town I kept meeting extremely talented dancers, each with their own unique story of how dance has impacted and continues to shape their lives. I wanted to capture this incredible mix of culture, beauty, challenges, opportunity, passion and dedication through my camera lens. This book features dance professionals, teachers, semi-pros and regular people who have filled their lives with dance.
I decided to use my skills as a professional photographer to help make a difference and showcase the stories of these phenomenal dancers and this inspiring organization. A part of the proceeds from this book will go to iKapa Dance to enable more young dancers to benefit from dance.
Throughout the book you’ll find 74 photographs, each printed in large format on its own page. The photos were taken in some of the most beautiful, interesting, and at times, extreme locations.
The dance community in South Africa is filled with so much passion, talent and dedication. I owe an enormous amount of gratitude to all the dancers (and their teams, families, academies, teachers and anyone else who has supported them in their development) who contributed their time and effort to this project!
I was so moved by their individual stories that I decided to accompany their photographs with their stories, their training, their motivation and much more…This project is for anyone who loves dance, is a young aspiring dancer, or wants to be reminded how much we have to be grateful for.
This book is for anyone in the world who enjoys dance, supports dancers, youth development, the arts, loves dancing or wants to showcase their support to a talented group of dancers of the future.
Please buy the book or postcards! This is your chance to do something special and have an impact on the world, while also getting to own a visually beautiful and inspiring work of art(ists).
Like all Kickstarter projects, we will only be able to create these books with if we reach our goal within the 21 day time frame. If we do not reach this goal, pledges will not be charged and our book will not go to print. It's all or nothing.
So please support this project!
If we reach our goal, that's amazing! But things don't have to stop there, the more this project gets funded by your generous support, the more these amazing children will be able to benefit.
Click on the rewards button to the right, and once you’ve completed your order please share this project with your friends and family. Help spread the word on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and email!
Thank you so much, happy dancing!
A part of the proceeds will go to iKapa Dance which has an outreach program for young dancers in townships in Cape Town, South Africa.
The funds raised will also cover the cost of:
- printing the books and postcards
- shipping the books and postcards
- packaging materials
- the 8-10% processing fees collected by Kickstarter
I've worked really hard to send this book out at an affordable rate, and have managed to secure beneficial shipping rates for multiple countries around the world. Therefore, everyone benefits because shipping is included in the cost of the book.
8.5” x 8.5” (22.6cm x 22.6cm)
74 Premium silk pages
74 Photographs (each high quality image is featured on its own page in large format; in colour and black and white)
Descriptions of the talented dancers, their stories, and the unique locations.
Soft cover, perfect bound, easy to share
Printed by East Van Graphics, in Vancouver, Canada
Publication date: December 2016
Risks and challenges
I need your funding! I've worked my butt off to make sure everything is planned for. I've found the best printers, shippers and suppliers for the project, and I'm doing everything possible to make sure this goes smoothly. I'm manufacturing the books and postcards on my doorstep through a great printer I've sourced locally (East Van Graphics), so that I can keep a close eye on everything. I will be personally packaging and shipping each order. I'll make sure your books get to you as soon as possible!
Thanks you so much for your support!
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