World Dance Santa Barbara: In Shape, Inspired, In Service to Humanity!
“World Dance Santa Barbara” is a diverse group of woman who come together 5 times a week, in Santa Barbara, CA, to Dance, support and lift each other up, and give back to Humanity. There are over 1000 members and 100 active dancers. This group is much more than just a fitness or dance class, it is a community that welcomes new members with open arms, minds and heart’s.
World Dancers give all profits from class fees and fundraising to charities all over the world. In 2012, they gave over $50,000 to grassroots projects in Nepal, Uganda, Ghana, Liberia, Rwanda, and Santa Barbara. One group in particular captured our hearts, the Never Again Fellowship in Rwanda. Our dancers have commitment to help them survive and to sustain them in their goals.
In 2012, World Dancers provided the Never Again Fellowship with:
- 2 full-grown, pregnant cows
- 185 goats, now every household has a goat
- 2 South African milking goats to breed with local goats
- 131 mattresses for the poorest members who are sleeping on the ground or on mats
- A year of schooling to 29 children and young adults
- Musical instruments and sound equipment
We communicate with them via our Rwandan correspondent, Justin Besigimana who came to us through our involvement with “Goats For Life”, a non-profit organization created by Betsy Kain. He sends us photos, letters, and updates about the people and has told us many times how thankful they are for their American (and 1 Canadian) Sisters who dance for them and how much they love us. They actually have a photo of us that they keep in a fancy bag and take out on special occasions to admire and share with others!
The time has come to go and meet our brothers and sisters in Rwanda. On June 15th, a group of World Dancers will board a plane to begin this live changing journey. I am so grateful to Janet Reineck, the creator of this wonderful group and for all of the beautiful woman who come out and make this project a reality.
For more info about World Dance Santa Barbara and the newest project “WD4Humanity” our new Non-Government Organization, check out:
We will have a documentary film crew and reports with us from the Santa Barbara College, USBC, joining us and capturing this magical adventure so stay tuned for much more!