Pioneered in Los Angeles in 2012 by our Founder and Chair, Sheldon F. Robins, our mission is to create a place of safe abode for professional dancers worldwide by providing a system for support throughout their entire career in the entertainment industry. Our goal is to both supply fiscal support for dancers and to educate them in the business of dance by offering programs to help develop sustainability. We plan to break the "gypsy cycle" and to generate change in the perceived value of dancers; both the dancer's mindset as well as the perception of dancers worldwide. We strive to become the support system for all professional dancers worldwide. With an arsenal of resources, our goal is to get dancers back on their feet when unforeseen circumstances occur in their lives or careers. We are dedicated to help dancers find their way to fulfill their dreams.
We have the ability to implement a "support system" and make a change in cycle that has been ailing the dance community. Our compassion and loving care will create a new uplifting cycle for upcoming dancers for the future.
After twenty plus years as a Professional Dancer / Choreographer / Dance Instructor, Sheldon Robins, along with members of our board of directors that serves with him, felt it was time to start an Assistance Fund for Professional dancers that would be headquartered Hollywood. His vision for this new Non Profit Organization was one that would be led and governed by the people that have lived and experienced the life of a Professional dancer in the entertainment industry.
After co-producing a successful event “An Unprecedented Night of Dance” in the fall of 2011 to assist a fellow professional dancer suffering from a brain aneurism, the idea was implemented. Thus, in the spring of 2012, a new organization was started. Months later D.E.A.R filed with the Internal Revenue Service to become its own independent 501-c-3. Currently awaiting a Letter of Determination from the IRS, the organization operates under the auspice of Art Without Limits and is in preparation for its annual fund raiser scheduled in December at the Saban theatre. In order to become operational as quickly as possible, Mr. Robins inquired with various faith-based organizations for assistance and partnership ideas in order to help the new organization get started. The Oasis Church in Los Angeles, & FAME graciously opened its resources and arms to D.E.A.R. With plans to secure and open and office in Hollywood, D.E.A.R has began preparing all necessary elements to start assisting dancers.
OPEN BOOK POLICY
D.E.A.R is less than one year old, we have yet to file our first form 990 with the IRS. We expect to file that by July of 2014. With a Certified Public Accountant on board, D.E.A.R operates on the highest levels of financial accountability. During our first 8 month period between April 2014 thru December 2014 we anticipate the following projections:
. 85 % of each dollar donated will go toward program expenses
. 8 % of each dollar donated will go toward fundraising costs
. 5 % of each dollar donated will go toward administration costs
. 2 % of each dollar will be retained for future expenses and programs
We also plan to create a link of our Form 990 Filing with the Internal Revenue Service detailing all donations and expenses.
LETTER FROM OUR PRESIDENT
As we all know, it is the most amazing and rewarding feeling, when a project comes along that has incredible business potential, but also a heart-beat. I am honored to be a co-producer on a project that has the potential to change the lives of many professional dancers, for years to come.
Today on Dancing With The Stars, a young man will be featured named Richard "Steelo" Vazquez appearing with the amazing Groovaloos. Steelo's journey is an important story to be told - to raise awareness about his own story of an incredible and ongoing recovery from a brain aneurysm, but also to inspire the creation of an organization that will help other dancers in need, D.E.A.R. (Dancer’s Emergency Assistance Relief).
As many of you may know, professional dancers are not fully covered by their own union, academy or guild. They do work on union projects and receive benefits on some projects, but they do not have anyone to turn to, for support, or in times of need, other than their own community. Luckily, the dance community is a stunning group of people, bonded together by their passion for their art-form, and driven by something fueled by their ability to express themselves through dance.
I envision this project as a full-length feature that will highlight his story and journey, but also excerpts and clips from the amazing live, star-studded concert event, presented in 2012 on his behalf. Steelo is in need - and we are committed to providing his family continued support, but his story has the potential to inspire significant future support for professional dancers in need, and use the heart-beat of dance and a dancer to motivate millions of young dancers and dance fans, globally. We all know that dance - both visually and emotionally - is powerful. This man, and this project, has the potential to be the spark of what I've believed in for many years - that it just takes one story to unite this already powerful community into a globally united heart-beat.
I can be contacted at the email and numbers listed below, if you would like to help make a true difference in the life of Steelo - and so many more.
Please watch the Dancing With The Stars performance and take a moment to watch additional clips of this great story by CLICKING HERE! The documentary features Gwen Stefani, Wayne Brady, Jon Chu, Nigel Lythgoe, Adam Shankman and many more, sharing their thoughts and feelings about this young man. The event was filmed at the Saban Theatre stage in Beverly Hills.