DiDS Foundation Presents Asia Funches



“I am a movement artist, and dance is my word document. I am interested in somehow sending my aspired technicality backstage and allowing my inner focus to take the wheel. When I dance, I make several attempts to acknowledge my own history and those of my ancestors and environment. Each stroke, with every taste of momentum and air, allows me to dive directly my lived experiences. Introspection is my most powerful tool; it helps me create greater mental and emotional clarity. As my callused feet press against the stage, my syntax reads without errors. In this space, dancing, I strive to be honest and share with others my experience.”

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Dear Dancing in Dark Skin Community,

I am elated to announce this news, as it allows me to continue my journey with dance while indulging in Italy’s culture. I am a Dance major and rising Senior at Middlebury College of Middlebury, Vermont. While I have taken classes in nearly every department along my journey, DANCE is my home.  I have explored several operations in dance: performance, choreography, dance for camera, and arts administration. I think it’s safe to say, I have fully embraced my stance as a movement artist.

This summer I have been granted an amazing opportunity to study in SORRENTO, ITALY. My creative improvisational footage rendered me as a competitive candidate, for I was selected as one of roughly 25 participants.  This dance intensive is sponsored by Staib Dance, a professional contemporary dance company based in Atlanta GA. There, I will learn from a number of professional choreographers and perform alongside company members in Sant’Agata. If you know me, you know I strongly value all opportunities to challenge myself. Clearly, this experience will contribute to my continual growth as a student, dancer, multi-interest artist, and individual.

This trip is very special to me because it will empower me with the exposure and network I need to enter the Arts and Entertainment field upon graduation.

So…I am seeking donations to support me in this amazing experience. The total cost of this trip is $4,000:

-Intensive study; 3 classes and rehearsal daily
-Full breakfast and dinner
-2 cultural excursions
-Cost of Outdoor performance production
-Roundtrip Airfare

Payments start as early as May 2nd , and the full balance must be paid by June 2nd.

All Donations will be a Great Blessing! I thank my village in advance for your continual support.


Asia Myles-Funches

*The word Ubuntu comes from the Xhosa/Zulu culture… The concept of this phrase can be translated to mean: A person is a person through other persons or I am because we are. I live by this philosophy, which is why I choose to sign off with it.




DiDS Foundation Present Kibriya Carter


Kibriya is a Junior at Spelman College studying drama and dance performance. She has been granted the opportunity to study abroad this summer in Sorento, Italy to train with professional contemporary dance company Staib Dance. She will be learning from a number of professional choreographers and dance scholars and will perform with the company in Italy. This trip is very special to Kibriya because it is giving her the exposure that is needed for her to pursue her career in professional dance.

Please help her in her efforts to raise money to pay for tuition of $2,375, roundtrip airfaire of $1,625, and $1,000 for incidental/emergency money.
Kibriya has a deposit of $750 due on Friday May 5, 2017. The remaining balance of $4,250 for the trip is due on Friday June, 2.  The last day that we can receive your donations will be May  20, 2017! All Donations will be a Great Blessing! Thank you in advance!


DiDS Foundation Presents Keith Asberry

Keith Asberry was born in Chesapeake, Virginia. His artistic development began as a classically trained percussionist and singer within his church. Through such development he has garnered a love and appreciation for performance that has translated into a burning passion for dance. His dance training began in 2014 at Spelman College. While there he has studied under Tracy Lang, Meredith Moore, Emily Cargill, and Deborah Hughes alongside performing works by Blake Beckham, Eli J, and his own choreographed pieces. Through a partnership with the Dunham Institute and the Morehouse College Honors Program, he was connected to Jai Jones of AREA, Atlanta’s Resource for Entertainment and Arts, where he now trains. He has been privileged to study under Robert and Jennifer Mason, LaMia Dingle, Gabby Gambino, Jai Jones, Roscoe Sales and master instructors such as Ed Brown, Walter Rutledge, and Veronica Johnson. He aspires to continue his dance training and one day receive his MFA in dance to accent his career as a performer and choreographer. Intrigued by the transformative powers of dance, he seeks to touch the souls of the world through performance with his own self-identifying principles of strength, resilience, compassion, and love.


Hello! My name is Keith Asberry II, I am a graduating senior philosophy major at Morehouse College. I have been given an extraordinary opportunity jto train at the the Ailey School beginning this summer in their Professional Division Summer Intensive and continuing on for the academic year in their Independent Study Program. After only technically training for two years, this program will be an enriching experience that will provide me with the necessary tools and resources to continue my career as a professional dancer.

This is where you come in! In order for me to be able to take advantage of this opportunity I will need to raise $4,885 by May 2017, which will cover the cost of tuition and housing for the summer. I am requesting your help, whether you be a family member, friend, or just a believer in my dream. Any monetary contribution, big or small will help!

Thank you and much love to you in advance for your support!


Dancing in Dark Skin Foundation

As a brand that promotes the visibility and education of dancers and dance makers of color we are proud to present the Dancing in Dark Skin Foundation. This foundation helps assist dancers who have been accepted into prestigious dance programs around the world fundraise money to cover the cost.

Over the course of this week we will be posting about young artists who have exciting plans to travel abroad and domestically to further their dance education.

So stay tuned and donate what you can, ever dollar counts!