Dance Diaspora's Brazil Trip

by African Student Association

Impact Area: Arts, Education, Music

Campus Area: Student Life


Funding for this Project ended on 2015-02-08

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Dance Diaspora is Oberlin College’s premier West African and Afro-form dance company. Under the direction of artist in residence and founder Adenike Sharpley, and made up of artists, musicians and cultural workers, the group acknowledges the spirituality, philosophy, and diversity of African Culture and its global presence. Dance Diaspora functions at the level of a semi-professional group that serves two main communities. It provides students with the opportunity to perform on-campus and it also serves the greater African and African American community through off-campus performance venues. Dance Diaspora was formed in 1992 to provide the Africana student community with the opportunity to develop their art and cultural performance skills.

Diaspora also began international travel in 1992. The initial international trips were funded through the prestigious Minneapolis Fund. Travel to countries such as Nigeria, The Gambia, West Africa, Cuba, and Brazil has helped Diaspora establish its program. In these countries, students returned with a better knowledge of the culture and performance traditions. From these trips, students learn to sing, dance and perform in at least four-six different languages and cultures, some within the New World: English, Portuguese and French, and the Old World: Yoruba, Nigeria (with New World descendants found in Brazil, Cuba); KiKongo; Angola (with New World descendants found in Brazil); Sous Sous, Guinea; Mandinka; Wolof, Senegal; The Gambia and Fula. 

This Summer, Dance Diaspora plans to visit Brazil.  With your help, we hope to minimize the expenses for our troupe. We hope you will consider making a contribution to allow us to experience the culture and traditions first hand.

Budget for 9 students:
Airfare Return Ticket :  $1,750 per person = $15,750
Ground Transportation:  $500 per person= $4,500
Lodging and Meals: $750 per person= $6,750 
Total Expenses: $27,000

Team Contribution: $1,000 per person= $9,000

Total amount to be raised:  $27,000-9000 = 18,000

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    Donnay Edmund

    Class of 2016

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    Caylen Bryant

    Class of 2016

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    Cassandra Brown

    Class of 2016

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    Kendra Farrakhan

    Class of 2015

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    Rachael Pillot

    Class of 2017

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    Kara Mahon

    Class of 2015

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    Sophie Umazi Mvurya

    Class of 2016

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    Daniel Spearman

    Class of 2016

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    Zaire Darden

    Class of 2013

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