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Badass Women at Any Age

Jan 28, 2020

While at an outdoor festival a few months ago, I saw a group of women dancing with such joy, passion, and badassery that I knew I needed to know more about them. Upon further investigation, I connected with their founder and Executive Director, Janet Reineck who founded World Dance for Humanity as a way to combine her love of dancing, humanitarian aid, and a way to bring hope and help to people in need. Janet and I talk about how she created this organization and found her community of dancers and helpers in Santa Barbara, how World Dance for Humanity is structured, and a few of their biggest wins in Rwanda and beyond. 


What You Will Hear in This Episode: 


  • World Dance for Humanity has so far helped 11,500 people in 28 cooperatives. Every penny that comes in through a class or event is designated for a local or international charity. 
  • Janet followed a note on a piece of paper to fall in love with Kosovo, and was moved by their culture and hospitality. 
  • Create a life where you put what you love, and what you are good at together. 
  • World Dance for Humanity is inclusive for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. It is a supportive experience that highlights music from all around the world and bridges together even music from countries at war. 
  • Janet’s time in under developed countries showed her fragility of life, and created a deep appreciation for things like a bed and clean water that we often take for granted. 
  • Many women in Rwanda are bad asses, and have stepped up to run businesses in conjunction with World Dance such as a bakery, craft store, and fish farm. 



  • “I am so happy when I see other women put together what they are good at, and what they love.” 
  • “That’s all I care about, is what in the world can I do to make a difference.” 
  • “Our classes connect us to the world.” 
  • “Dance is a way to be the music in your body.” 
  • “Two of the most important things - having our health and having passion.”


World Dance for Humanity 

Goats for Life 

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