Get Involved



As a emerging company, we seek to grow our community and cultivate advisory board members. We welcome volunteer efforts, or discounted fees for your valuable professional experiences in:

  • Costume repair
  • Grant writing and reports
  • Video documentation, including editing
  • Music editing
  • Administrative assistance
  • Airport pickups and dropoffs!

Got skills? Want to invent a solar powered mobile speaker unit? Let us know, maybe its something we need!




Tax Deductible donations may be made through our fiscal agents in NM and CA, please contact us for more info!

If you would like to make a tax deductible donation, please contact to get the address for our fiscal agent!

Donations can be earmarked for special programs or projects, or general support. Dancing Earth is now accepting donations through Paypal.



We seek financial aid and/or sponsorship from individuals and groups who support art that empowers diversity and global communications. We are an emerging collective, not a corporate entity with secured backing or foundation of revenue. We are highly disciplined professional artists with international careers who choose to devote our artistry to promote native sovereignty.

We create from the ground up, making the costumes, generating our promotional materials, and booking our concerts ourselves. Many of us come from tribal backgrounds that do not have financial security. Every dollar raised for prospective performance and touring will be utilized resourcefully for maximum impact. We seek funding for the entire group of thirteen, so that intertribal first nations may be well represented.

DANCING EARTH members are selected not only for talent, but also for ability to carry themselves with respect and discipline, healthy living, cultural values, and awareness of representation of their peoples. Sponsors can be confident that their funding will be recognized as supporting artists who are honorable and inspirational both onstage and in daily life.




DANCING EARTH is the nation’s foremost Indigenous contemporary dance ensemble. Join the circle of support and your business will be a leader in this innovative world of dance. Help to support Indigenous dance and related arts, to encourage and revitalize awareness of diversity through artistic expression for the education and wellness of all peoples.

Levels of Sponsorship:


Friends $100 – $499
• Company Listing in Show Programs for one year
• Discount tickets to all eligible performances annually

Sponsors $500 – $999
• Company Listing in Show Programs for one year
• 25% Discount on advertisement in programs
• Company Logo on Website for one year
• 4 VIP passes to annual revue

Leaders $1,000 +
• Company logo/listing on performance signage, e-blasts and additional promotional materials
• Free half or full-page advertisement in programs
• Public acknowledgement from Artistic Director from Stage
• 4 Complimentary tickets to all eligible performances annually
• (plus all benefits above)

Tax Deductible donations may be made through our fiscal agents in NM and CA, please contact us for more info!
As shows travel across the nation, showcase your business in front of over 5,000 audience members each year!

To download the Corporate Sponsor Letter and form, Click Here or on the image to the right.


Volunteer Council Board

We are honored for an extraordinary Council of volunteers who include artistic, holistic, educational,
spiritual, community engagement, administrative, and special event coordination:


shash yázhí – founder of of EAGLE EVOLUTIONS consultancy has a background in organizing, training, fundraising, facilitation, and program development — all with an emphasis on healing work. For the past twenty-four years, shash’s passion has centered on inter- generational work with a focus on youth and elders. Experience with indigenous communities has also empowered shash to practice movement work that integrates spirit and connection to the heart in order to strengthen the impact of organizing work. shash uses the form of holding circles as a base, utilizing tribal healing practices from the Diné (Navajo) reservation where shash was born and raised.

Val Alarcón is a certified Holistic Health Coach, AADP. Val offers client-centered health and life coaching, emphasizing on bio-individual nutrition and whole-life living. Val knows on a personal level what it takes to reclaim life and thrive, and she’s committed to be of support to you in reaching optimum health and vitality. Vitality with Val’s mission is to inspire, educate and empower people who are ready to reclaim their lives and vitality through health and wellness. Val is a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in NY, certified in Aroma Therapy and hold a B.S. degree in Organizational Psychology. For more information visit

Cheryl Odom has a BFA in acting and an MFA in Costume Design from UCLA. She taught at UCLA, Cal State Northridge, Loyola-Marymount University, California Institute of the Arts, Santa Fe Community College and for twenty-nine years at the College of Santa Fe. She has designed costumes, and occasionally sets, for the College of Santa Fe, the Mark Taper Forum, various Equity-waiver theaters in Los Angeles, UCLA, California State University at Northridge, Sacramento Music Circus, PCPA Theaterfest, Shakespeare in Santa Fe, New Mexico Repertory, Santa Fe Playhouse, the Santa Fe Opera, and Music Theater Southwest, to name a few. Cheryl has now designed well over 200 shows and loves both designing and teaching her craft to students. Cheryl is happy that she is now also a costume designer for Dancing Earth.

Dr. Mi’Jan Celie Tho-Biaz is a mother-scholar and cultural worker in the fields of testimonial collection and community based media production. Additionally, Mi’Jan Celie is co-contributor to the forthcoming McSweeney’s Voice of Witness publication “Say It Forward,” and serves as the Executive Director with Youth Media Project in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Solar Banner — Santa Fe Coordinator. “I remember at an early age watching my artist father make figures that came to life on a page, while my mother played piano. It was like watching them create magic. There are of course many ways to create. I chose photography, painting and film, I have been driven to design as a passionate need to communicate and create, and as a commitment to change stereotypical thinking. I have followed the formal qualities of my work by incorporating, designing and producing projects for theatre, music, dance and opera with an Indigenized world view.”




Michele LaRoe – Admin Support. I’m so proud to be a part of the Dancing Earth family and can’t wait to see what’s ahead!





Tria Andrews was selected as a Summer 2014 Global Cultural Ambassador Artist for Dancing Earth, and she offers her gifts as grant editor. Tria’s performances combine story and movement inspired by her decades of training in the martial arts and yoga. Tria is also a PhD Candidate in the Ethnic Studies Department at UC Berkeley and a graduate of the MFA program in Fiction at San Diego State University. In addition to writing her dissertation, she is working on a collection of poetry, titled, “Dead Center of the Heart.” This manuscript weaves familial and historical narratives about Native Americans and Filipinos. Tria has taught in schools and prisons for over seven years.






Javier Stell-Frésquez — Javier brings creativity, enthusiasm, and a critical perspective on race, sustainability, gender, and aesthetics, to his roles as Administrative Intern and Company Member. FULL Javier first entered our circle during Rulan’s 2010 Stanford residency. As a Community Arts Fellow of Stanford’s Institute for Diversity in the Arts, Javier coordinated our first two summer intensives, as well as our September 2012 production season. To our creative process and performances, he brings his training in flamenco, folklórico, ballet, vogue, and latin social dance. Last April, he produced a Dancing Earth residency at Stanford, which culminated in a showing of Walking at the Edge of Water. He recently graduated with a B.S. in Earth Systems and wrote an honors thesis about Dancing Earth’s creative process for his minor in Chican@ Studies.



Mitra LujanVolunteer Coordinator. Mitra, friend, teacher, artist, mother, grandmother, advocate, jeweler, writer, clothing designer, bookmaker,weaver, textile enthusiast, traveler, cook, baker, volunteer, stone enthusiast, gardner, owned by a black cat. “My name means friend, a Goddess who works with the element of friends.

I am an Apache and Mexican Indian woman. I come from a lineage of Curanderas. Of strong women, smart women.I have birthed two children but raised many. I am a solitary yet I love people. I love the Northern Calif Beaches, cold and windy and yet choose to live in the high desert. I love all the seasons and I am part of the circle.”

Mitra owned an art gallery in Santa Fe, which featured entirely native artists. She has degrees in both Child Development and Women’s Studies, and makes jewelry, clothing, paper, and books.



Lupita Salazar2014 Summer Coordinator. Lupita hails from the high desert mountains of northern New Mexico, which have been her constant inspiration in her creative and community work. Lupita is a visual artist, actress, filmmaker, and farmer looking forward to the opportunity to bring together her passions for artistic expression, story telling, and food sovereignty with Dancing Earth.




Anne Pesata – 2014 Summer Program Coordinator is originally from the Jicarilla Apache Nation in Dulce, New Mexico, where she grew up surrounded by a family of artists and danced with Rulan as part of the National Dance Institute. She began powwow dancing as a jingle dress dancer at the age of six and holds a degree from Ft Lewis College in Environmental Studies.






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