My name is Nicole Caruana and I am a dancer and choreographer from Buffalo, NY. My new, contemporary dance company, UANA DANS, was created in 2018 with the mission of provoking meaningful conversation and cultural exchange through our wonderfully human art form. It is my deeply seated belief that dance has the unparalleled ability to heal through empathy. In the heightened states of creation and performance, all parties, the dancers, the audience, and myself the choreographer can find vicarious healing through the presentation of overcoming struggle and embracing our inner authentic power.
As we expand our company, we aim to involve all communities in our work through various community outreach and professional development workshops.
We started as a school project for four dancers; myself, and my three friends for The Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College were invited to perform in several internationally acclaimed choreography competitions in Europe. It was a dream tour and we felt unbelievably lucky to be invited to perform our work. We were left speechless with gratitude when we were awarded 1st Prize for Choreography at The International Choreographers Competition in Hannover, Germany. It was truly a life changing experience and we have been steadily growing since. Since our recent inception, UANA DANS has toured to Germany, Denmark, Spain, Canada, as well as the USA. Each of these trips have been solely funded by kind donations of friends and family and of my alma mater. We are so incredibly appreciative of the increased support that UANA DANS continues to gain.
Now a new opportunity arises...
This July UANA DANS is invited to perform in Dance Days Chania, a renown festival in Chania, Greece. It is an honor to be presented in such a platform that also hosts many prominent companies and dance enthusiasts. We will share an evening of our own work with intention to facilitate a beautiful exchange with the greek and international audiences of this festival. Myself and three dancers from the UK and USA will travel to Greece together and perform two works: "Arba" and "Retrouvailles." Both of these works serve as a personal anecdote of the time I've spent in Israel as an observer to the culture and conflict of Palestine, as well as the celebration of innate joy that we conjure as humans, lovers, and co-creators of our experience; our natural state of well-being and how it is compromised in the disapproval of others. We are continually grateful to share this message.
You can find more information about our performance through the facebook event here!
WHAT WILL THE RAISED FUNDS GO TOWARD?
- Travel Expenses to/from Greece for Dance Days Chania in July 2018
- Dancer Fees
- Facilitating Future Community Outreach & Professional Development Workshops
- Cultivating Our New Company (Media, Administration, ect.
Risks and challenges
Thus far, our company has been seeking funding on a project to project basis. While we continue to grow exponentially, we are seeking assistance with this upcoming project in Greece and the financial cultivation of our voice in the international dance community.
While we are young, we are committed and omni-capable of honing our prominent voice. Our team of collaborators consists of dancers, technicians, visual artists, administrators, and supporters are fostering our continuing expansion. We have all the tools necessary for success when we come together inter-dependently as a company, including those who financially support our work!
As of recent, UANA DANS is fiscally sponsored by Unique Projects, Inc., a New York State not-for- profit 501(c)(3) organization administrated by Pentacle- www.pentacle.org
The program is designed to connect creative artists to the funding resources needed to make and show work. Through the Unique Projects entity, enrolled artists are free to solicit unearned income in a legal, tax-deductible way. It functions as a crucial link between artists who are embarking on projects and the individuals, corporations and foundations which are interested in supporting artistic creativity and adventurous work.
Your contribution will support UANA DANS on tour to Chania, Greece to perform in Dance Days Chania this July 2018.
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