#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!
156.43% Raised
$46,930.00 donated of $30,000.00 goal
664 Donors
Campaign has ended

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

39 Comments

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

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

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

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

  7. “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

  8. 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!

  9. 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

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

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

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

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. 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

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

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

  20. 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.

  21. 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 ♥️♥️♥️

  22. 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

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

  24. 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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