Strike! Dance! Rise! at the National Museum of Dance on Valentine's Day

"Today, on the planet, a billion women -- one of every three women on the planet -- will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. That's ONE BILLION mothers, daughters, sisters, partners, and friends violated."

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This Valentine's Day come dance to the rhythm of the drum circle to end violence against women and girls, or grab your own drum and join the beat of unity at the National Museum of Dance! Stop in for 10 minutes, 20 minutes, an hour—however long you want. It will be an ongoing event of dancing, drumming, and sharing. If you can't make it in the evening, stop by during the afternoon. This event is free, but all donations and proceeds to benefit the Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services of Saratoga County. Join your community in an effort to raise awareness about the epidemic of violence against women and rise in solidarity with the One Billion Rising around the world.

Strike! Dance! Rise! Event Schedule:

12:00 to 1:00pm • Opening, Blessing, Mohawk storytelling, and Mohawk women's dance 1:00 to 2:00pm • Sharing Circle facilitated by Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Center 2:00 to 4:30pm • Dancing!! (Caribbean, belly dancing, Guatemalan, freestyle, etc.) 4:30 to 5:00pm • 2nd Opening, Blessing, and Mohawk Dance 5:00 to 7:00pm • Drum Circle 7:00 to 8:00pm • Sharing Circle and Closing

ONE BILLION RISING IS:

A global strike An invitation to dance A call to men and women to refuse to participate in the status quo until rape and rape culture ends An act of solidarity, demonstrating to women the commonality of their struggles and their power in numbers A refusal to accept violence against women and girls as a given A new time and a new way of being

Strike! Dance! Rise! takes part on On V-Day’s 15th Anniversary, February 14th, 2013. V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls, a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money, and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM), and sex slavery. V-Day was founded by Eve Ensler and inspired by her award-winning play, The Vagina Monologues. Each year, the play is produced all over the world to raise awareness and funds to help rape victims and there are currently 5,800 V-Day related events annually.

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