Mission Statement:

Dances of Universal Peace North America (DUPNA) promotes the Dances of Universal Peace and Spiritual Walks, by providing support, resources, and networking opportunities to dance communities throughout the North American region.  

Vision Statement:

DUPNA envisions a world where peace, justice, interfaith celebration, and spiritual nourishment can be experienced and realized through the Dances of Universal Peace.

A core value is to expand inclusive circles that inspire the next generation of dancers and foster practices that resonate with the unique conditions of the times in the service of peace and unity.  

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)
       
Charlotte Sabora Henson (MT; BOD)
Ted Mubdi Ryle (WA, BOD)
 Hayat Donna Bain (VA; Regional Administrator)
  
 

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 for 2019:

--Facilitated a debriefing meeting in February for anyone involved in the Dances and who attended the Parliament of the World’s Religions in the fall of 2018 in Toronto, Canada. This event consisted of an international and interfaith gathering of 7,500 people.

--Continued to provide and enhance our online quarterly newsletter

--Continued to maintain, enhance, and update the website

--Created and mailed original Holiday Cards to members as a connection and fundraising project, assisted by Dance Circles mailing them

--Conducted a teleconference featuring Murshida Tasnim Fernandez, on January 15th, the Urs of Samuel Lewis, creator of the Dances of Universal Peace.

--Established quarterly ‘concentrations’ for individuals and dance circles to participate in, to help create peace and positive change.

--The president of the Dances of Universal Peace North America (DUPNA) board and executive director of Dances of Universal Peace International (DUPIN) have had meetings representing their organizations, with the goal of increasing communication, connection, and potential collaboration with one another.

--Increased communication with Oneness Project staff, thus increasing connection between our two organizations.

--Received a generous donation from an estate of a previous dance leader

--Supported the transition from our previous Regional Administrator (Jen Friedman) to our new Regional Administrator Hayat Bain.

 

Goals for 2020:

--Continue to provide an informative quarterly newsletter, increase readership, and enlist more volunteers to be on the ‘newsletter team’.

--Update the website as needed, providing valuable resources to dance leaders and circles.

--Enlist volunteers to help with ‘special projects’

--Continue the quarterly concentrations

--Initiate and conduct up to 2 teleconferences

--Continue to create a unique holiday card and review the form and process it will take

--Manage any financial contributions made to DUPNA

--Identify special projects to use finances, e.g. youth, children projects

--Archive DUPNA documents and make current relevant documents available to the board in a shared file application

--Review and update by-laws

--Develop ‘job’ descriptions for board members and volunteers

--Update/revise mailing lists

--Continue to encourage generosity toward DUPNA, including the Holiday card and other potential fundraising projects

 

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.

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