𝗦𝗢𝗖𝗜𝗔𝗟 𝗗𝗔𝗡𝗖𝗘𝗥𝗦, 𝗙𝗘𝗦𝗧𝗜𝗩𝗔𝗟 𝗣𝗔𝗥𝗧𝗜𝗖𝗜𝗣𝗔𝗡𝗧𝗦 𝗔𝗡𝗗 𝗗𝗔𝗡𝗖𝗘 𝗦𝗖𝗛𝗢𝗢𝗟 𝗦𝗧𝗨𝗗𝗘𝗡𝗧𝗦, 𝗔𝗧𝗧𝗘𝗡𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡!
𝗣𝗟𝗘𝗔𝗦𝗘, 𝗦𝗧𝗢𝗣 𝗦𝗢𝗖𝗜𝗔𝗟 𝗗𝗔𝗡𝗖𝗜𝗡𝗚!
(At least in the next few weeks!)
You will see this statement posted and shared by many major afro-latin festival organisers, artists, DJs, musicians and other professionals from the dance industry. Yep, it sounds strange coming from people, who for all these years did everything they could to 𝗠𝗔𝗞𝗘 𝗬𝗢𝗨 𝗗𝗔𝗡𝗖𝗘 𝗠𝗢𝗥𝗘 – but pls read further.
There are several reasons for this bold request:
– Most important one – we care about your own safety…
– We care about safety of your loved ones…
– We also care about safety of all the rest of us…
So, unfortunatelly, social dancing became actually quite the opposite of helpful in these troubled times. The sooner we realize that and take it serious, more helpful are we going to become for our selves and our loved ones. Not an easy job, no question about it. But this is the reality we currently live in. Very inconvenient for some but very dangerous for others and it is the reality we must all accept as our token for a brighter future. Actually it is also our responsibility.
Naturally, this terrible pandemic is not sparing our dear community. Countless events have already been cancelled, leaving the organizers and their team of volunteers in despair as one year of passionate and hard work just sunk overnight and are left with only the bills and troubled minds.
This has and is still creating a massive “Butterfly effect” which is directly impacting negatively all the professionals of our dance industry such as artists, DJs, musicians, photographers, videographers or various suppliers…
Many dance school’s owners are on the verge of shutting down their studios, fearing if they will be able to pay their rent in the future as they live from month to month mostly.
However, History, our greatest teacher, has reminded us many times that it is by sticking together and joining our forces during the hard times, that we can survive the worst experiences and even more; to get out of it stronger than before.
𝗦𝗢 𝗪𝗛𝗔𝗧 𝗗𝗢𝗘𝗦 𝗧𝗛𝗔𝗧 𝗠𝗘𝗔𝗡 𝗔𝗡𝗗 𝗛𝗢𝗪 𝗖𝗔𝗡 𝗬𝗢𝗨 𝗛𝗘𝗟𝗣?
Actually, to support the community, you don´t need to do anything!
You see, the only hope for an organizer to survive until the next years event is to hope for your support and help, and kindly ask you to accept to transfer your ticket for the next edition. Understandably, this might be a big effort on your side, but this sole action of yours will help the organizers stand back to their feet (or at least to their knees) after they took a almost a deadly blow. This action of yours will help maintain their spirit on the bright side, and finally re-focus on building the next edition with the greater desire to make it an even more unforgettable experience for you.
Your action of “𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗱𝗼𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝗻𝘆𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴” and not asking for refund will help not only the event organisers but also will preserve the “𝗖𝗶𝗿𝗰𝗹𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗟𝗶𝗳𝗲” for the professionals of the dance industry who extremely depend on those events.
The same applies to dance schools, as you can also support your local studio by postponing your classes to another time, instead of asking for a refund.
At the end let’s not forget – 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆 𝗰𝗿𝗶𝘀𝗶𝘀 𝗶𝘀 𝗮𝗻 𝗼𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆. It is an opportunity for unity, solidarity, fresh starts and support. This crisis, like everything else in life, will pass. And when it does we will be able to make up for the lost time and get back to the dance floor with even more fire knowing that we had a bigger role in preserving this special place of ours we call – dance community.
So, time for now is to be patient, to refrain from social dancing for yours and for all our sakes and we kindly invite you to support your local and international dance professionals who in this time of crisis need your support.
𝗪𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗸 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘀𝗼 𝗺𝘂𝗰𝗵 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘁𝗿𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗹𝗲𝘁’𝘀 𝗴𝗲𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗰𝗿𝗶𝘀𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗼𝗴𝗲𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿.
With Passion and Love,