Time: August 26, 2016 to September 26, 2016
Location: Battery Dance
Street: 380 Broadway # 5, New York, NY 10013
City/Town: New York
Website or Map: http://bitly.com/adeleuro
Event Type: fundraiser, dance
Organized By: Emily
Latest Activity: Aug 26, 2016
Battery Dance, a New York-based organization focused on dance diplomacy, announced today the launch of the Adel Euro Campaign for Dancers Seeking Refuge, which will focus on relocating, hosting and training Middle Eastern dance refugees in New York City over the next year.
The Adel Euro Campaign for Dancers Seeking Refuge will solicit private donations and foundation grants for the purpose of relocating and hosting six Middle Eastern dancers, providing them with training and forming a performing unit under the artistic direction of Battery Dance’s senior dancer, Sean Scantlebury. The ensemble will tour U.S. schools, colleges and universities to introduce local students to dancers from Iraq and other countries in the region, building awareness and countering Islamophobia. The program’s goal is to raise $30,000 to help provide safe-harbor and dance opportunities for refugee dancers.
For the past decade, Battery Dance has toured the world, using dance as a tool for diplomacy in more than 50 countries worldwide. The campaign honors the Iraqi dancer known as Adel Euro, who was killed in the Baghdad bombing of July 3, 2016. The opening of the annual Battery Dance Festival on August 14, 2016 marked six weeks after Adel Euro's tragic death; the Festival offered tribute to the late Adel and served as the launch of the campaign in his name.
Adel Euro was among more than 300 innocent civilians killed in a suicide bombing in Baghdad on July 3, 2016. For nearly two years prior to his death, Battery Dance had mentored and trained Adel online through Skype, had performed with him in Amman, Jordan, and was working to bring Adel to New York City to provide him with the ability to pursue his passion. Within days of hearing the news of his death, the artists, staff and Board of the non-profit dance company made a commitment to do everything possible to help other dancers from the region seeking refuge.