The DUPNA Board of Directors


Majida Myriah Pazereckas Roy (WA; BOD, President)
Jane Sky (MI; BOD, Vice-President Secretary)
Tajali Theresa Tolan
(Treasurer, WI)
      Astarte Sellars        (BOD, B.C., Canada)
Hayat Donna Bain (VA; Regional Administrator)
Ted Mubdi Ryle
Susan Slack
(FL; BOD in Training)
Vimlan Barra VanDien
(CA; BOD in Training)
Jennifer Stock
(CO; BOD in Training)

About DUP North America

The North American region of the Dances of Universal Peace (often abbreviated as DUPNA, or simply, NA) is one organized region within the worldwide family of regions and communities that foster the growth and expression of the Dances of Universal Peace. Although the global family “network” is every Dance circle, dancer, Dance leader, musician, and supporter of the Dances worldwide, regional organizations have been formed to support the grass-roots network.

The North American region includes the United States and Canada. It is a non-profit public-benefit corporation run by a volunteer Board and Office staff, drawn from the Dance community within North America. Its main purposes are to:

  • Connect people and provide information and ideas, using communication tools like web sites, e-newsletters, social media,, and periodic regional teleconferences;

  • Support the work of the Guidance Council and Dances of Universal Peace International;

  • Steward the NA organization to allow it to fulfill its purposes, including staffing an office at a central location to answer questions and distribute information, maintain the membership database, manage finances and accounting, and support the work of the Board;

  • Carry out specific projects that involve providing outreach funds, coordinating volunteers and projects within the region, fund raising for future efforts and organizing regional events.

Accomplishments in 2021:

  • Redesigned much of the website, with expected completion in 2022

  • Established a committee to form a Youth/Next Generation council, and Bridge council, to support the next generation of dancers and dance leaders

  • Convened a Governance Committee to address the structure of the organization

  • Celebrated the 50th Urs of Murshid Samuel Lewis with zoom event

  • Continued to publish quarterly newsletters sent via email and posted on website and Facebook

  • Continued to offer Quarterly Concentrations to dance communities to support positive focus for collective and individual contemplation and action

  • Generated holiday cards featuring original artwork and inspirational texts

  • Continued to sustain and manage Facebook pages

  • Maintained communication with dance communities via e-mail letters and FB posts

  • Continued dialogues between Dances of Universal Peace (DUPIN) and North America (DUPNA) to support and strengthen communication, connection, and collaboration

Goals for 2022:

  • Develop short, medium, and long term goals to meet the mission and vision of our organization

  • Explore strategies for increasing dance community engagement with the website and newsletter

  • Increase board membership

  • Explore potential restructure to best support our organization's goals

  • Complete the update of the website

  • Continue to publish the quarterly newsletter, offer quarterly concentrations, and holiday card

  • Host at least 1 zoom event

  • Explore potential financial investments

  • Explore fundraising strategies

  • Identify ‘special projects’ and enlist volunteers to assist with them

  • Continue DUPIN and DUPNA dialogues


    From left to right:  Majida Myriah Pazereckas Roy (President, Board member) , Tajali Tolan (Treasurer, Board member), Jen Friedman (Regional Administrator), Hayat Bain (Coordinator, Parliament of the World’s Religions 2018), Jane Sky (Vice President and Secretary, Board member), Astarte Sellars (Board member), Charlotte Sabora Henson (Board member).  Missing Board member ~ Ted Mubdi Ryle.  (Taken at the Parliament of the World’s Religions 2018 Toronto)


    In its broadest form and at its heart, the Dance network is a worldwide interlinked circle of hearts, as symbolized by our logo (a registered Service Mark). Dances of Universal Peace, North America is the central organization connecting the many Dance circles across North America as well as coordinating with other regions worldwide, and supporting the work of the Guidance Council and its support organization, Dances of Universal Peace International. DUPNA is also a non-profit 501(c)3 legal vehicle, handling tax deductible contributions from US residents.

    Contact DUP North America