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Support Kelsey's SEEDs Sabbatical in Santa Fe
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For those of you know know me, you'd know that bellydance has been one of the most influential parts of my life for many years. 

In the middle, getting ready to perform for my very first time.

(^Me in 2009, performing bellydance for the very first time.)

In times of darkness, weakness, or suffering-- dancing has been a guiding force of light and of hope. No matter where I am or what I am doing, as long as I'm dancing, things are okay. Things are good. 

Last year I had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Santa Fe and see this incredibely tranformative power of bellydance first hand... with Myra Krein's Pomegranate SEEDs program. SEEDs meaning "self esteem, empowerment, and education through dance." 

What I witnessed there was really amazing. The strength, talent and passion of her SEEDs students was awe inspiring. This "togetherness" and sense of purpose for teen girls was something I dreamed of bringing home with me. 

So I did. 

Along with my best friend, Devan Moran, I ran an 8 week bellydance and mentorship program... where 4-5 girls (including my very own younger sister!) had the opportunity to learn bellydance and talk about important issues effecting them; like patriarchy, consent, cultural appreciation vs. appropriation, bellydance history,  glamour vs beauty, femininity, and so much more.

To watch our SEEDs students go from having absolutely no dance experience at all, to performing in front of a huge crowd after only 8 weeks, gave me an unimaginable feeling of contentedness. Each girl left the program with something learned, something to be proud of. We did it. 

yay!

Yay! 

But in completion of our first program I came to the obvious realization that as much as I love being a teacher, I need to be a student first. 

To create a program that is truly as strong, sustainable, and resilient as Pomegranate SEEDs in Santa Fe, I know I need a more intensive experience with dance. 

This is where you come in!

The universe has blessed me with a truly once in a lifetime experience. To LIVE with Myra in Santa Fe, work full time at a marketing company in the SAME building as her dance studio, and immerse myself in learning everything there is to know about dance: from helping running their SEEDs program, to participating in Sophia SEEDs (SEEDs for women), to private lessons and participation in Myra's professional dance companies... I know that this is something I am supposed to do. And that the lessons learned here will help me strengthen my own SEEDs program and the Brattleboro dance community as a whole.  

And I can't do it without your help. 

My ego tells me not to ask for help, but I am honored to open myself to you in rawness and humility. And perhaps you'd be honored to open yourself to me too. 

This entire trip is going to cost me a lot of money, of course, much of which I will come up with on my own... but the support of my friends and community will make this entirely more comfortable, stress free, and rewarding. 

Your thoughtful contribution would go towards my travel there, and the first few months of my dance education until I get on my feet!  

Thank you. Bless you, and whether or not you are able to give, again I thank you, for having been witness to the work that I do and the love that I have for dance! <3 


XOXO Kelsey

PS. this is something very real, very special! I was close to becoming a fiscally sponsored project of the Windham County Arts Council, but decided to hold off until I return from this sabbatical! I know that the skills and wisdom I aquire here will facilitate me in doing real, meaningful, and incredible work for young women in the Vermont community. 

To learn more about this program, visit www.brattleboroseeds.weebly.com! :) 

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