Cultural Dance Studio in Borneo

Siti-the-Dayak-DancerBorneo’s forests and culture is fast disappearing.One way to raise awareness is through Cultural expression and Dance and communicating to people the Importance of developing this art form.
Siti the leader of the dance Studio is a very talented dancer and teacher and needs support to take her studio from its humble beginnings to the next level. They do not have any musical equipment so the children mostly aged between 6 and 12 have to dance to a CD.When they perform they have to hire a traditional musical Instrument if they can afford it.
Siti started her Studio by saving for many months to raise the $ 500 required to pay for the rent on the Studio for the next 12 months.
The objective is to buy the musical Instrument they need, then Dance Uniforms, and other Dayak accessories to demonstrate and express their culture. Please read the story about Siti recently published in a Jakarta Magazine Siti the Dayak Dancer.



Here is a list of what they require :

The much needed Musical Instrument and price: $ 1200 Usd
*Gong 1 set Rp. 3.900.000
*Kenong 1 set Rp. 2.000.000
*Sarun 1 set Rp. 1.700.000
*Gendang bontang 2 Rp. 1.000.000
*Gendang tatau 1 Rp. 2.000.000
*Katambung 1 Rp. 1.000.000
*Suling 1 set Rp. 500.000
*Rebab 1 Rp. 1.000.000

And Dance property, list and price: $ 1,000 USD
*Mandau talawang 10 set Rp. 4.000.000
*Giring-Giring 10 set Rp. 2.000.000
*Gelang dadas 10 set Rp. 4.000.000
*Caping/tanggui 10 set Rp. 500.000.

Dance costumes :  $  1500 USD
*Mandau Costume 1 set Rp. 700.000 x 10 set : Rp. 7.000.000
*Giring-giring costume 1 set Rp. 500.000 x 10 set : Rp. 5.000.000
*Dadas costume 1 set Rp. 500.000 x 10 set : Rp. 5.000.000.



The objective here is to help Siti achieve her dream  raise awareness about  Dayak culture and pass on this aspect of Dayak Culture to the younger generation and encourage more young Dayaks to dance.
In the video above there is a yellow dreamcatcher in the middle of the room attached to the roof,thus there is hope that people will keep this dreamcatcher busy.