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Global Outreach

Sacred Dance Global Outreach (SDGO) is an initiative of the Sacred Dance Guild that raises awareness of dance as a unifying, transforming and healing force in the world, and actively supports dancers who are living out these principles under conditions of poverty, violence and oppression.

Through SDGO, the SDG sponsors fundraising events or other initiatives that support dancers in need. Proceeds from these events, which can include funds, dancewear or other items, are donated to deserving groups identified by the SDG.

Past SDGO Events

CultureFest: Dancing Divine Diversity
September 18 to 20, 2009
Lexington, Massachusetts, USA

Melody Chinese Dance Troupe performing "Peaceful Joy" at CultureFest II. Photo credit: Ted Castro.
Melody Chinese Dance Troupe performing “Peaceful Joy” at CultureFest II. Photo credit: Ted Castro.
This event featured an afternoon of multicultural dance presentations in a benefit concert including dancers of all ages.

The beneficiaries of CultureFest were Young Dancers of Armenia, a project of Children of Armenia Fund (COAF), a non-profit organization that strives to improve the lives of youth in rural villages of Armenia. COAF encourages young Armenians to discover and preserve their cultural heritage, particularly through dance.

CultureFest raised over $1,000 plus 15 boxes of brand new dancewear and shoes, valued at more than $20,000, donated by the North East Dance Retailers Association.

Photo Album | Concert Program (PDF)

CultureFest II: Dancing a World of Hope
March 25, 2012
Lexington, Massachusetts, USA

This event featured an afternoon of multicultural dance presentations and a benefit concert including dancers of all ages.

The intended beneficiaries of CultureFest II were the ballet studio of the Croatian National Theatre in Osijek and COAF (Children of Armenia Fund). A donation of 36 boxes of new dance supplies was shipped to Croatia with the generous help of the New England Friends of Croatia organization. The dance supply shipment delighted the Croatian dancers and was instrumental in saving their dance company.

SDG was unable to arrange the shipping of the donated dance supplies to COAF in Armenia. Instead arrangements were made to distribute 26 boxes of new dance supplies to dancers in need in the Boston metro area with the help of the Dancing Arts Center in Holliston, Massachusetts.

CultureFest II raised over $1,000.00 plus 62 boxes of brand new dancewear and shoes, valued at more than $20,000, donated by the North East Dance Retailers Association.

Photo Album  | Concert Program (PDF)

Get Involved

Would you like to get involved with SDGO? Consider hosting an SDGO fundraising event. It could include a dance workshop, a benefit concert, or both. Or you could donate a portion of the proceeds from an already established event, such as an annual performance or open house. The choice is yours! The SDG will provide guidance and support for coordinating your event. The SDG is also interested in collaborating with groups and individuals on projects that are consistent with the mission of SDGO. Contact us for more information.

Do you know of a deserving dance group that SDGO could support? Please contact us and let us know why this group deserves our support and how you are connected to them.