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A photobook of young dancers and their inspiring stories, photographed in beautiful and unique locations.
A photobook of young dancers and their inspiring stories, photographed in beautiful and unique locations.
85 backers pledged CA$ 3,211 to help bring this project to life.

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Palmira graces Bo Kaap, Cape Town. "What inspires me to dance is..."
Palmira graces Bo Kaap, Cape Town. "What inspires me to dance is..."

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. 

All smiles in Gugulethu. This boy absolutely lit up whenever...
All smiles in Gugulethu. This boy absolutely lit up whenever...

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. 

Percephone & Angelo glide along the promenade. Passers by stop and stare as...
Percephone & Angelo glide along the promenade. Passers by stop and stare as...

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.

Children learn to dance through iKapa Dance's program at Bonga Elementary. A curious student waits for her chance to dance...
Children learn to dance through iKapa Dance's program at Bonga Elementary. A curious student waits for her chance to 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. 

A jovial skateboarder suddenly joins in with dancers Belinda and Sune...
A jovial skateboarder suddenly joins in with dancers Belinda and Sune...

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! 

Nicole and James soar at Glen Beach. "I feel like I can express anything through dance, meet the most fabulous people..."
Nicole and James soar at Glen Beach. "I feel like I can express anything through dance, meet the most fabulous people..."

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.  

A curious shop owner comes out to see Sam dance. "Through dance I have been able to explore my own vulnerability, strength..."
A curious shop owner comes out to see Sam dance. "Through dance I have been able to explore my own vulnerability, strength..."

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. 

Reflections show the potential of dancers in Gugulethu...
Reflections show the potential of dancers in Gugulethu...

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). 

Yamkela soars. "Dance was the light in my path and helped me..."
Yamkela soars. "Dance was the light in my path and helped me..."

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!

The young children in Woodstock were so fascinated with Sam, and were eager to dance...
The young children in Woodstock were so fascinated with Sam, and were eager to dance...

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. 

Aphiwe dances amongst the shacks. Young children playing in the streets take notice and join in...
Aphiwe dances amongst the shacks. Young children playing in the streets take notice and join in...

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!

Amanda

A Taare bollywood dancer twirls with ease...
A Taare bollywood dancer twirls with ease...

Cost Breakdown:

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. 

Chester pauses in the moment. "Dance got me started on a road of personal development and evolution..."
Chester pauses in the moment. "Dance got me started on a road of personal development and evolution..."

Book Specs:

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

 

 

 

Dance is joy. These boys jumped and danced endlessly while watching one of our photoshoots...
Dance is joy. These boys jumped and danced endlessly while watching one of our photoshoots...

 

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!

Amanda

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    FOR VANCOUVER, CANADA RESIDENTS ONLY. A family photo shoot for the Christmas season with Amanda in Vancouver! This includes a photo session of up to 60 minutes with a group of up to 6 people (or pets!). You will receive the digital images from your photoshoot, plus the book and a thank you postcard!

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