#MoveTogether Fund

The #MoveTogether Fund benefits Black artists, dancers, and musicians in the global Lindy Hop, Swing Dance and Blues Dance scene. Our goal is to raise at least $30,000! Let’s see how much we can raise to support the Black artists of our community! YES! Donations are tax-deductible!
150.90% Raised
$45,270.00 donated of $30,000.00 goal
657 Donors

THANK YOU for your generous support of #MoveTogether—you have my extreme gratitude!

Together we have raised more than $43,000 for the #MoveTogether movement! We surpassed our original fundraising goal of $30,000 by nearly 50%—thanks to all of you!

Thanks to everyone’s generous support, we are able to give more than $11,000 apiece to these three incredible organizations:

  • Guardian Baltimore, led by Artistic Director Breai Mason-Campbell
  • Cleveland Junior Jitterbugs, led by Valerie Salstrom
  • Lindy Hoppers of the African Diaspora Fund for the Frankie Manning Foundation (a new social justice fund), led by Tena Morales-Armstrong & Julia Loving

This was quite an accomplishment! We are very proud of the impact that this is going to have in our dance community, as well as communities of color.

Please continue to donate to the Move Together Fund! Your future donations will go towards the continual development of next steps and future events. This is a movement, not a moment—and it still needs your support!

Stay tuned for future events! We’re working to ensure sure that we come back stronger!

Shaheed Qaasim and the #MoveTogether Team

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Last updated January 01, 2019

Thank you for choosing to be part of our community at Pacific Swing Dance Foundation, Inc. (“Company”, “we”, “us”, or “our”). We are committed to protecting your personal information and your right to privacy. If you have any questions or concerns about our policy, or our practices with regards to your personal information, please contact us at info@pacificswingdancefoundation.org.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. WHAT INFORMATION DO WE COLLECT?

2. HOW DO WE USE YOUR INFORMATION?

3. WILL YOUR INFORMATION BE SHARED WITH ANYONE?

4. WHO WILL YOUR INFORMATION BE SHARED WITH?

5. DO WE USE COOKIES AND OTHER TRACKING TECHNOLOGIES?

6. HOW LONG DO WE KEEP YOUR INFORMATION?

7. HOW DO WE KEEP YOUR INFORMATION SAFE?

8. DO WE COLLECT INFORMATION FROM MINORS?

9. WHAT ARE YOUR PRIVACY RIGHTS?

10. DATA BREACH

11. CONTROLS FOR DO-NOT-TRACK FEATURES

12. DO CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS HAVE SPECIFIC PRIVACY RIGHTS?

13. DO WE MAKE UPDATES TO THIS POLICY?

14. HOW CAN YOU CONTACT US ABOUT THIS POLICY?

1. WHAT INFORMATION DO WE COLLECT?
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The personal information that we collect depends on the context of your interactions with us and the Services, the choices you make and the products and features you use. The personal information we collect can include the following:

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We automatically collect certain information when you visit, use or navigate the Services. This information does not reveal your specific identity (like your name or contact information) but may include device and usage information, such as your IP address, browser and device characteristics, operating system, language preferences, referring URLs, device name, country, location, information about how and when you use our Services and other technical information. This information is primarily needed to maintain the security and operation of our Services, and for our internal analytics and reporting purposes.

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We use personal information collected via our Services for a variety of business purposes described below. We process your personal information for these purposes in reliance on our legitimate business interests, in order to enter into or perform a contract with you, with your consent, and/or for compliance with our legal obligations. We indicate the specific processing grounds we rely on next to each purpose listed below.

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In Short:  We only share information with your consent, to comply with laws, to provide you with services, to protect your rights, or to fulfill business obligations. We may process or share data based on the following legal basis:

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We will only keep your personal information for as long as it is necessary for the purposes set out in this privacy policy, unless a longer retention period is required or permitted by law (such as tax, accounting or other legal requirements). No purpose in this policy will require us keeping your personal information for longer than 2 years.

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We have implemented appropriate technical and organizational security measures designed to protect the security of any personal information we process. However, please also remember that we cannot guarantee that the internet itself is 100% secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal information, transmission of personal information to and from our Services is at your own risk. You should only access the services within a secure environment.

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We do not knowingly solicit data from or market to children under 18 years of age. By using the Services, you represent that you are at least 18 or that you are the parent or guardian of such a minor and consent to such minor dependent’s use of the Services. If we learn that personal information from users less than 18 years of age has been collected, we will deactivate the account and take reasonable measures to promptly delete such data from our records. If you become aware of any data we have collected from children under age 18, please contact us at info@pacificswingdancefoundation.org.

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Most web browsers and some mobile operating systems and mobile applications include a Do-Not-Track (“DNT”) feature or setting you can activate to signal your privacy preference not to have data about your online browsing activities monitored and collected. No uniform technology standard for recognizing and implementing DNT signals has been finalized. As such, we do not currently respond to DNT browser signals or any other mechanism that automatically communicates your choice not to be tracked online. If a standard for online tracking is adopted that we must follow in the future, we will inform you about that practice in a revised version of this privacy policy.

12. DO CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS HAVE SPECIFIC PRIVACY RIGHTS?

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California Civil Code Section 1798.83, also known as the “Shine The Light” law, permits our users who are California residents to request and obtain from us, once a year and free of charge, information about categories of personal information (if any) we disclosed to third parties for direct marketing purposes and the names and addresses of all third parties with which we shared personal information in the immediately preceding calendar year. If you are a California resident and would like to make such a request, please submit your request in writing to us using the contact information provided below.

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13. DO WE MAKE UPDATES TO THIS POLICY?

In Short:  Yes, we will update this policy as necessary to stay compliant with relevant laws.

We may update this privacy policy from time to time. The updated version will be indicated by an updated “Revised” date and the updated version will be effective as soon as it is accessible. If we make material changes to this privacy policy, we may notify you either by prominently posting a notice of such changes or by directly sending you a notification. We encourage you to review this privacy policy frequently to be informed of how we are protecting your information.

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If you have questions or comments about this policy, you may email us at info@pacificswingdancefoundation.org or by post to:

Pacific Swing Dance Foundation, Inc.
368 Anna Maria St
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204 Comments

  • Thank you so much for opening yourselves to all of us in other to make us see how much we need to improve things. There’s a lot of work to be done but I guess we’re starting to walk a path in the right direction. Thank you!

  • Thank you for doing this work, and creating a space to raise up Black voices. Recognizing how much I’ve benefited from Lindy Hop as a white woman, it’s overdue that I contribute in any ways I can.

  • I am a Jr. High School teacher in New Orleans trying to grow myself to be a better teacher and ally for my young black teens.

  • Thanks to all the panelists for a courageous and hopeful conversation. Looking forward to learning more about how to celebrate and honor black lives in our local scene.

  • Thank you so much to all the incredible panel members – you are inspiring, courageous and wonderful people. So, so grateful to you all for this work and for leading on this much needed conversation xx

  • AMazing 2+ hours. Thank you for being so vulnerable with our dance community. We love you all! BLACK LIVES MATTER

  • It takes time, experience, and work to put on an event such as this. I’m so appreciative of it all! Thank you for creating this initiative and I hope this will continue to bring our community closer and have a better understanding of the actions we must take daily to move together.

  • Thank you for all the time, knowledge and energy that you have put into this program.

  • Gratitude to the work of all the panelist. Kevin and Jo are donating again this week to help push the movement forward.

  • thank you for devoting your energy to and sharing your knowledge through this event. we all have so much to learn and creating an opportunity where we can begin to do so is greatly appreciated.

  • Thank you for your work and for supporting these incredible initiatives.

  • I am so proud that you guys are continuing the conversation in our community and representing and highlighting black experiences around the world. Please keep up the good work

  • This community is my home. I will fight to make it an anti-racist home that celebrates its Black heritage, culture, & values.

  • Thank you all again for the panel discussion. It was really eye-opening and I hope that the dance community does better.

  • I am contributing because it want to see our community be welcoming and inclusive to all.

  • Love for the dance, love for others who love the dance. Stopped dancing a couple years ago, taking action to create a more inclusive scene to return to than the one I left.

  • I’m so happy to donate to this, I wish it was more, i’m just out of work at the moment due to covid-19. When work returns id be more than happy to donate more, lets keep the ball rolling !!!!

  • Thank you for organizing this panel, and a huge THANK YOU to the panelists for sharing their stories and experiences so openly.

  • Thank you for taking the lead in helping dance scenes around the world become more inclusive and join the fight for social justice.

  • Fantastic Panel and approach to each topic. Thank you for putting this together

  • Thank you for a quality initiative! Hoping to see more and more come from this group! I am proud to support you! #tearstomyeyes

  • So happy to be a part of this movement toward making our dance community more inclusive and friendly to all. Thank you to those courageous ones leading the way so we can all be better humans!

  • Thank you for putting this together, the panel was so great and I am hopeful that we can affect real and lasting change.

  • Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for giving all of us the opportunity to move TOGETHER.

    For, together we CAN make a better world, in ourselves, in others, and for future generations.

    Love, from Rusty Frank & Lindy by the Sea & Rusty’s Rhythm Club.

    ($18=L’chaim, “life” in Jewish culture; and I know the goal of $30,000 has already been reached, but I wanted to add even a little more life. Thank you all, again, for the tremendous hard work you are doing and including all of us in the move forward.)

  • Though currently unemployed, I spent a year and a half profiting off of appropriated black and minority dances as a professional American Ballroom instructor and will take advantage of every opportunity I can afford to give a little bit where I can. Watching the move Together panel talk drove home how important it is to continue that work where I can.

  • Thank you for this work! I gained a lot of understanding from the panel discussion – THANK YOU.

  • This music grew out of African-American communities it’s beautiful to watch it being re-claimed!!

  • Thank you to all involved for providing these talks and discussion. I have found them of great value.

  • Thank you for doing what you are doing. The scene needs to change and I hope that it can start with this group.

  • Thank you all for your honest voices, emotions and stories in today’s frank discussion of the historical and social realities, challenges and aspirations of moving together to make an anti racist Swing/Lindy scene manifest. Vulnerability, honesty + trust combined with conscious empathy & thoughtful work = a good beginning.

  • We need to Provide and Support to the Black Community who have been under served and under represented despite their Contributions to the World.
    Thank you for the ongoing lessons.
    Love and Light to You All from Ontario, Canada.

  • Thank you all so much for your courage and vulnerability to share your experiences. These kinds of talks continue to give me a lot to think about, and I hope will help us all take meaningful action going forward.

  • Thank you so much for providing these resources for me to continue learning. I will strive to make change here in my swing scene in Austin, Texas. We have major issues of appropriation that go hand in hand with the history of segregation and gentrification in the city.

  • I’m interested in learning. This was very educational for me and I hope the conversation continues.

  • I can think of little else that would have make the likes of Frankie, Norma, Dawn, all of the Black elders of lindy hop that our community claims to revere more proud than what the Move Together panelists did today. This is a discussion and a movement long overdue, and I in awe of the leadership, thought, history and vulnerability that went into your discussion today. I cannot wait to see what this collaboration brings. Congratulations, and thank you to everyone to worked to make this happen.

  • The messages in the discussion were difficult to receive, but I’m sure even more difficult to deliver. By opening yourselves up and speaking so honestly you pulled me from understanding the outlines to viscerally feeling the impact of these issues on real and beautiful and courageous people. I can’t thank you enough for stepping up to do this.

  • This talk was so helpful. Looking forward to being involved in making our dance scene more welcoming

  • Proud to support this wonderful cause and to try to help make our dance community more inclusive and respectful of the dance’s roots.

  • Thank you to all the panelists for trusting us and being vulnerable in sharing your experiences and viewpoints. I hope the community honors the gift of the truths you have shared.

  • Thank you for all that you do and for organizing this fundraiser and panel – it has been really moving and impactful and something I will be sharing and discussing in my home community!

  • Thank you so much for the time and emotional energy you put into presenting this panel.

  • Thank you to the organizers and to everyone on the panel for sharing their experiences and their knowledge. It was really wonderful to hear.

  • Thank you for organising such an informative, thought-provoking and motivating session. Thank you also for providing the catalyst to transform abstract concern into concrete action.

  • The Move Together group of people are putting so much work and emotional labour into building our dance communities and aiding anti-racist work right now, giving what I can is thanks for that and belief in the projects the money supports <3

  • Thank you for the panel discussion today! Lindsey Wells and I watched live and have been discussing for the past couple of hours. So much food for thought!

  • I love the mission and the groups you’re supporting. Thanks for putting together the panel today & bringing to light so many voices & experiences & knowledge. We’ve got a ways to go, but events and funds like this help everyone figure out the way forward.

  • Because white folks have been making money on the backs of black people since they invaded this country. I wish I had more to give.

  • This was incredibly valuable! Thank you so much for taking the time to a) organise this and b) share your knowledge, experience and pain. I’ll make sure that everyone in my scene watches this.

  • I am so grateful to you all for making this knowledge accessible. I have felt a need to de-colonise/de euro-centricise (?) my knowledge of dance and movement for a while and this is exactly what I have been looking for.

  • So grateful for this experience to listen and learn. So inspired to keep doing my part, individually and in the systems in which I participate. Thank you for your important work.

  • Showing support for this extremely important work. Thank you for taking the time to do this, thank you for your hard work and your time and your passion. I am listening and I am here to learn, grow, acknowledge my biases, and contribute in a positive way.

  • Thank you for putting in the time and effort to share your experiences and expertise on this matter to people like us who are wanting to learn more.

  • Thank you all for coming together to share your wisdom and experience.. So happy this conversation is happening in our community!

  • Thank you for setting up the panel and sharing the information with our community.

  • I want to help and keep taking steps to be part of the solution and encourage others to do the same. Thank you for organizing this.

  • Frankie was a muse! It was an honor, privilege and SO MUCH FUN to learn from him in New York, New York with the Wednesday Night/sometimes Thursday Night Hoppers—and then go out to dinner with him and our group. With this donation, I hope to pass along a scintilla of Frankie’s generosity and joy.

  • Music and dance have been a consistent source of happiness for nearly all of my life and nearly all the music I listen to and dance to has its roots in Black culture. It has also been my experience that the more you know about any activity you engage in, the more you’ll enjoy it.

  • I want to lead an inclusive dance scene locally and need greater awareness of the issues being faced and knowledge about how create inclusivity.

  • I think this work is awesome! I think it’s great to support Black artists, dancers, and musicians, especially in a community that directly owes its origins to the Black community.

  • This is an essential movement and I wholeheartedly support it! Best wishes, Mark

  • Thank you for all the work and love you are putting into educating and supporting the dance community

  • I am donating because I believe that there is selective inclusivity within the scene and we must fight it together

  • Thank you for helping us all do better in supporting this Black art form that we love and the culture and people responsible for it and this amazing community!

  • We are firm believers in training West Coast Swing dancers and teachers about the real history, culture, and values of Swing dancing, so they understand how WCS evolved and why.

    We are donating 1/3 of the total we raised during our You Gotta Groove workshop this past Tuesday. The workshop was intended as a fundraiser in the West Coast Swing community to support 3 organizations dedicated to the preservation of real history of Swing and anti-racism education in the dance community: Move Together, The Frankie Manning Foundation, and Herrang Dance Camp.

    Thank you for your good work! M&T

  • Thank you for doing this! I look forward to learning and making actionable change for a better, anti-racist community.

  • I have been a part of the swing dancing community since 1999 and have never experienced a joy that compares to the joy I received from dancing, learning, and being a part of this community. I have gained beautiful relationships as a result and honor and cherish this gift that has been graciously passed down and shared. Such an awesome mission and happy to support! All my love!

  • I want to support and help in what ways I can to help the community grow and learn what more I can actively do.

  • I am a white, British blues dancer. The blues community in Bristol are like my family. I felt lost before them. I came to blues at a time of personal sorrow. I craved human connection, touch, acceptance and love, which is what I found. I am deeply grateful for blues dancing, and my community here. I know that I and we as a community need to do more to honor the black heritage of blues dance and take ownership of our role in discrimination/racism/cultural appropriation/white privilege and to learn and change and to actively and financially feed back into and empower dancers, teachers and musicians of colour.

  • Thank you for the valuable work you are doing to make the swing dance scene more equitable and welcoming.

  • This looks to be an important and informative event. I’ll share event details across our channels as well. Looking forward to it!

  • Thank you for your work in moving our dance community into a beautifully diverse, and equitable future.

  • Always happy to support black artists (and especially my local Junior Jitterbugs here in Cleveland!!!).

  • I believe in the importance of POC voices being heard, especially when it is their history that is being overwritten and an art form with such a past.

  • I am just grateful that I can give support to the artists and the artform of Swing. Thank you for all you do.

  • Laura Keat, Kim and David Frutos,
    Thank you for addressing racism in the swing dance community and ways to move towards inclusion.
    Kathleen H.

  • Racism is pervasive everywhere we look, and very much so in America. It plays out in horrific, and sometimes in subtle ways, but we must work together to rid society of it. I want to do my part.

  • In the words of Wynton Marsalis: “We need healers. We have to talk about music and life, because, ultimately, they end up as one and the same. All of it tracks back to how you heal your culture one patient at a time, beginning with yourself.” (To a Young Jazz Musician: Letters from the Road).

  • Thank you for all you do to use dance to connect children (and adults) to the history and wonder of swing dance and the music and people who shaped it.

  • Thank you for your time and effort creating this movement! This is so needed! I’m excited to learn and grow as we move forward.

  • Thank you so much for creating this movement! The Lindy community deeply needs this.

  • Thank you for putting in the time and effort to make a difference. We cannot wait to learn and grow together!

  • I have already donated to multiple BLM causes, but I love that this one ties in Swing Dancing! Although I am a WCS dancer, I know where my roots came from!!! This is fantastic – thank you all for doing this!

  • Knowledge is powerful! Honest discussions about difficult race related topics in our dance community are a must! Supporting our youth, our current dancers, performers and instructors of the African diaspora is what will sustain our village.

  • Our community is so in need of change. I am incredibly grateful for the time and emotional labor you all are putting into helping us learn and move forward.

  • Love to help spread the joy of dance, plus the connectivity to history, culture, and community in any small way…. plus the purely selfish reason of having more wonderful people to dance with!

  • Thank you for organizing , I think this will help all of us when we can all be together again. Let’s do the work for a better, anti-racist dance community!

  • Thank you for doing this! The San Diego, Ca swing dance community is here!!! ❤️

  • This is important. Special shout out to Junior Jitterbugs and Valerie Salstrom’s unstinting efforts to introduce Lindy Hop’s next generation to the rest of us!

  • When I didnt have the courage to speak dance gave me a language. When I didnt have the courage to look at myself in the mirrors of a dance studio the music and the movements moved me away to another world. When I am unable to keep myself together a dance partner probides me with inspiration to laugh and play and forget my worries. Dance works miracles every day. If we share dance with eachother we share life.

  • I’m happy to be part of supporting both the conversation that Move Together is hosting on this panel, and the charities you’ve chosen. And look forward to the way that this conversation will also enrich my understanding of West Coast Swing both in our history and our present state.

  • Thank you. I am looking forward to the July 11th event, and the ensuing discussions and changes in the community that it inspires. I am committed to being a part of the change.

  • Thank you for putting this together, I am looking forward to the opportunity for learning and growth for myself and to help make my scene more inclusive for our dancers of color.

  • Thank you for giving me an opportunity to support the dance teachers and musicians and to learn more about the African-American heritage of swing dance.

  • Black lives matter! Keep staying strong! Keep challenging your assumptions! The Lindy Hop community is stronger for having these conversations. Thank you for putting this event on!

  • I am a white organizer in the fusion dance scene. I am a participant in many arts originating in cultures other than my own, including swing and blues dancing. I very much appreciate your work in bringing more awareness and sensitivity to me and others and I can’t wait to learn more at the MOVE Together event!

  • Thanks for putting this event together! This is so necessary and will be a great learning experience.

  • Thankful for all the resources coming together to celebrate Lindy Hop and its history. Excited to learn about this beautiful dance.

  • Thank-you for putting this event together, and for helping to make change in the global swing dance community <3

  • “Dance is for everybody. I believe that the dance came from the people and that it should always be delivered back to the people.”
    — Alvin Ailey

  • Really excited to be there for this talk and be part of moving our community forward. Huge thank you to everyone involved for all of your work!

  • Dance is a language that brings us all together no matter where we come from, or the color of our skin. I’m very proud of my friend for organizing this movement, and happy to be supporting. #MoveTogether

  • On board for shifting the culture of this community to honor and celebrate the roots of this dance!

  • I’m excited and honored to support this project, and looking forward to moving forward together as a dance community.

  • Shaheed: wonderful work! Love contributing to this kind of work in our community. Always open for collaborating in our blues community too. Much love!

  • Excited to attend, and a huge thank you to the organizers, artists, and panelists who’ve put a lot of work into making this happen.

  • Dance has always helped me make sense of the world. To get out of my head and into my body. To sweat away the pain. Happy to be a part of people bringing so much joy! Thank you for doing this and dancing to uplift.

  • I love the concept of using a historical Black American art form of diverse dancers to bring us all closer as a ‘human race’ during this challenging time in world history. We are truly in this together! #MOVETOGETHER/Asante

  • As a white dancer enjoying this dance, not supporting and not advocating for the Black community is an insult to the founders of lindy hop. I use to dance their dance while ignoring their suffering. Not anymore. Looking forward to learning how I can advocate inclusivity in my local scene.

  • Thank you for making Move Together a global movement and a great ressource for exchange, openness, learning, creating context and for support. A very good and needed way of improving the international dance community. Greetings from Germany. Sabine

  • I love this movement and this cause. We need to raise up black voices and promote programs that support people of color.

  • I highly appreciate all the efforts being put into this and want to keep learning and contributing.

  • I’m proud to support such outstanding movement and really hopeful for a more diverse and unified future. Thank you for your guidance and leadership Shaheed! You have my full support.

  • What a beautiful contribution to the dance community, our past, present and future!!!! Shaheed, you are amazing. Thank you all for diving in to make a difference.
    Dance Is life ♥️♥️♥️

  • SO excited to help raise some support for the black artists in our community and support these beautiful charities. What a wonderful way to contribute and make a positive impact. Thanks to all involved in putting it together. Much love, Ali

  • I am grateful for the impact that dance and my black friends, whom I met through dance, have made on my life.

  • I am so honored to be a part of the #MoveTogether team and movement! Thanks to Shaheed Qaasim for your incredible vision and leadership! And to all of our talented and brilliant panelists, and amazing event support team. Let’s all #BeTheChange #MoveTogether

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