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:
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.
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.
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
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.”
classes connect us to the world.”
- “Dance is a way to be the music in your
of the most important things - having our health and having
World Dance for Humanity
Goats for Life