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The acclaimed "PURE Reflections: Beauty Reimagined" theatrical dance show sharing, love and self-acceptance with teens. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on April 6, 2012.

The acclaimed "PURE Reflections: Beauty Reimagined" theatrical dance show sharing, love and self-acceptance with teens.

About this project

PURE Reflections: Beauty Reimagined is an acclaimed theatrical dance drama exploring body image, self-love and the struggle to accept both the light and dark sides of ourselves to become one integrated whole.

We want to remount the show with teens because whenever we have performed it, the recurring feedback is this show should be in high schools and universities. The incredible journey the cast goes through preparing for the show increases confidence, self-esteem and ability to work together in a team.

The funds raised will cover costumes, dance and theater training for the cast, video projection, flyers and programs.

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PURE Reflections: Beauty Reimagined was conceived of in 2009 by artistic director Kaeshi Chai, and developed by the members of PURE-NYC (Public Urban Ritual Experiment), a multi-level community of dancers and musicians who strive to bring positive change to the world through ancient and modern world dance, PURE Reflections has been performed with different casts of over 25 dancers in NY, CT, Japan, Taiwan and Florida.

Rooted in Middle Eastern dance (bellydance), while taking inspiration from Modern, African, Flamenco, Butoh and other dance forms, PURE Reflections: Beauty Reimagined is visually stunning, poignantly touching, and deeply thought provoking.

Audiences have praised this show as “amazing and unique,” and raved: “I was hypnotized … and brought to a sincere enlightenment. It was beautiful, intelligently provocative ... enthralling and impressive.”

PURE Reflections Performances
Speyer Hall, University Settlement, New York, NY (September 2009)
Lerner Hall, Columbia University, New York, NY (April 2010 )
Dragon’s Egg, Mystic, CT (May 2010)
Yokohama Creative Center, Yokohama, Japan (November 2010)
Richmond Shepard Theatre, New York, NY (August 2011)
The Red House Theatre , Taipei, Taiwan (September 2011)
Harwood-Watson Theater, Orlando, FL (November 2011)
Massey Theater, Greenwich Academy, CT (January 2012) - Excerpt

The workshop and performance were an emotional rescue. PURE is an experience in dance that should be seen around the world to help inspire self love, acceptance and growth in women.
                                          - Grace Zazzaro, CT (Artist)

It is truly impressive what a positive impact this program has had on so many women's lives. You are all an inspiration!                        
                                           - Rebecca Rafelson, Vice-President of NOW NY.

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    Gratitude from the bottom of our hearts for your love and support! Every person and every dollar helps!

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    All of the above plus a Thank You listing in our New York shows' program

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    Cast photo autographed by the founder and artistic director of PURE (Public Urban Ritual Experiment), Kaeshi Chai.

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    1 free belly dance class at the Bellyqueen School of Dance http://bellyqueen.com (Must redeem within 3 months)

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    PURE Reflections: Beauty Reimagined tank top.

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    CD of music from the PURE Reflections show

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    5 free yoga classes at Harlem Yoga Studio (must be used within 3 months $65 value)

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    Private belly dance lesson with internationally renown instructor, Kaeshi Chai.

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    Dinner with the PURE Reflections cast.

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