WHO ARE WE?
We are the first branch of the Subjective Dance Company. We are a club for individual dancers, as well as, other dance teams, dance crews, and dance companies. As SDCVA, Subjective Dance Club Virginia, we are primarily focused on uniting and raising awareness of the urban dance community of Greater Richmond Region Virginia, followed by it's surrounding areas. The branch goal is to form a network beneficial to all that utilize it. A network in which dancers and dance enthusiasts can be aware of an accelerated amount of dance events in their immediate areas and have reason to travel from other areas to the Greater Richmond Region of Virginia for high quality urban dance related events. We aim to inspire the youth, as well as, use the arts to raise the economy level of Richmond, Virginia. We understand that this will require an ongoing amount of dedication over time.
SDCVA accomplishes the stated mission and goals through persistence and creativity. We remain affordable by being free for non-active members and $25/month for active members. With the continued development of active and non-active member events and opportunities that either teach dance, provide a platform for showcasing, and/or provides employment through dance, other dance enthusiasts feel encouraged and, at times, entitled to help the dance and art community surrounding them. While providing events and opportunities, SDCVA then takes the time to acknowledge other organizations and individuals for their efforts and achievements through dance. In the near future, we plan to launch an interactive dance directory and community dance blog, providing detailed information of all affiliated organizations that offer dance training in the state of Virginia.
WHAT HAVE WE DONE?
Without having a facility of our own during our first two years, we've accumulated over 60 club members, formed the SDAnimals Performance Squad, formed the ohMy! Unity Dance Team (consisting of dancers of different organizations performing together), and successfully launched the following reoccurring events:
Subjective Dance BattleGrounds, a multi-part dance competition set to shine light on the street dancers and battle dancers of the local community.
Freestyle Friday, an open dance session that gives street dancers the opportunity to meet others and network while dancing in a professional dance studio setting.
Subjective Dance Class, a pop-up dance class taught by our owner and/or guest instructors that is free entry to the general public and focuses on the skills necessary to being a performer.
Technique Tuesday, a crash course dance workshop on the techniques of multiple Hip-Hop dance styles taught by special guest instructors all in one setting.
We've gotten members booked for contracts servicing GEICO, ESPN, birthdays, weddings, tributes, an international music video, and various local organizations. We've also gotten members opportunities to be featured in local music videos, participate in live festival performances, perform at Kids Got Talent, perform at America's Got Talent, perform at a live NBA game, perform at a Harlem Globetrotters game, travel to other states, be featured on live television, compete (and win) in talent/dance competitions, dance in some of the most established dance studios of the Greater Richmond Region, meet (and dance with) international celebrities like the Les Twins, learn about different dance cultures, and more.
We're continuously growing our network by meeting, partnering with, and/or networking with established dance organizations and passionate individuals of the Greater Richmond Region. We also continue to assist in the raised awareness of activities of various dancers and other dance organizations via social media. We aspire to inspire.
HOW ARE WE DIFFERENT?
Ultimately, we are different from the average dance company because we do not only draw attention to events, classes, and shows of our own, but also shine light on other organizations, teams, individuals, and companies willing to network and currently teaching or providing platforms to the current and next generation of dancers. The community benefits from us because we raise awareness of dance as an extracurricular activity that keeps our youth busy and out of trouble while providing jobs to qualified adults in the community. Also, by default, our presence encourages other entrepreneurs, activists, and talented individuals to take themselves more seriously and be productive. Richmond, Virginia's art community is rich in talent, full of awesome organizations, and blossoming as a performing arts community. We recognize that. We desire to raise the market value of the Greater Richmond Region by providing Richmond, Virginia with more dance related activities that can attract dance enthusiasts and investors from other areas of the country and world. We are a club, not just your average local dance company and have a network already in touch with major dance markets like GA, NC, NY, NJ, and CA.
WHY DO WE NEED A HOME?
The Subjective Dance Company currently operates as a traveling business and partners with or rents various studio locations when capable and available. With SDCVA acquiring a studio location of our own, we can save money on expenses, raise money more often, provide more events, provide more jobs, provide more internships, train more dancers for opportunities on a consistent basis, and have a U.S. postal address not attached to someone's residential house that is recognizable by the IRS, maps, and all patrons searching for our location. Our "home" would serve as a recognizable meeting headquarters for SDCVA activities and main practice location for all club members in and around the Greater Richmond Region, as well as, a private rehearsal location for out of town guests. It would serve as the main office location for current President, Gregg D. Whitlock Jr., as well as, his assistants.
WHY ARE WE ASKING FOR FUNDING?
During our first two years, the Subjective Dance Company has been financed and operated solely by current President, Gregg D. Whitlock Jr. a.k.a. Coach Gregg or PapiiBDS, a 30-year-old resident of Henrico, Virginia who has a big heart but a small wallet. He has over 13 years experience with Creative Directing, performing, choreographing, and teaching Hip-Hop dance to dancers of all ages. He is a business consultant, an entrepreneur, and also has a marketing plan and passion to believe in. If you have any additional questions, comments, concerns, or words of encouragement, he can be reached directly at [email protected] or message us at [email protected]
Our goal is to raise a minimum of $35,000 by the end of June 2018 to be able to obtain an affordable lease on a Richmond based property space, renovate, and open the center by the end of Summer 2018. We also hope to be able to acquire 401(c)(3) non-profit status by end of Summer 2018.
The ideal creative space will be titled Subjective Dance Club Virginia or Subjective Dance Hall depending on the available budget at the end of our campaign. First we hope to be able to acquire a space with on-site parking that is large enough to double as an event hall and dance studio in which we have 24-hour access to. With $50,000 or more available, we hope to be able to acquire an affordable facility that can hold the Subjective Dance Hall, maybe a smaller dance studio, an office, a lobby/lounge area, restrooms, storage space, and dressing rooms.
If our financing goal is not met in full, we will use donated funds towards fulfilling our overall company mission of providing training, opportunities, and unique events that can help push towards bringing our goal of having a place to call home happen.
CAN YOU HELP US?
Thank you in advance if you can! Also, thank you for taking the time to read our story. Any donation helps.