About DUP North America

The North American region of the Dances of Universal Peace (often abbreviated as DUPNA, or simply, NA) is one organized region within the worldwide family of regions and communities that foster the growth and expression of the Dances of Universal Peace. Although the global family “network” is every Dance circle, dancer, Dance leader, musician, and supporter of the Dances worldwide, regional organizations have been formed to support the grass-roots network.

The North American region includes the United States and Canada. It is a non-profit public-benefit corporation run by a volunteer Board and Office staff, drawn from the Dance community within North America. Its main purposes are to:

  • Connect people and provide information and ideas, using communication tools like web sites, e-newsletters, social media,, and periodic regional teleconferences;

  • Support the work of the Guidance Council and Dances of Universal Peace International;

  • Steward the NA organization to allow it to fulfill its purposes, including staffing an office at a central location to answer questions and distribute information, maintain the membership database, manage finances and accounting, and support the work of the Board;

  • Carry out specific projects that involve providing outreach funds, coordinating volunteers and projects within the region, fund raising for future efforts and organizing regional events.


The DUPNA Board of Directors

 

Majida Myriah Pazereckas Roy (WA; BOD, President, Treasurer)
Jane Sky
(MI; BOD, Vice-President Secretary)
Anjahli Parnell
(Jamaica, BOD)
Julie Nur Rahmana Purcell
(NC; BOD)
 
Jen Friedman (CO; Regional Administrator)
 

Our Goals for 2015

  • Continue to add valuable content to our website, including our "Song of the Month,” our "Dance Organizer Toolkit," resources for leaders and musicians, and our DUP Newsletter and Press Media pages.

  • Continue to enhance and improve our bi-monthly Newsletters.

  • Continue our communications about recent membership and contribution methods and changes.

  • Enlist new volunteers to serve the Dances of Universal Peace in specific roles and projects.

  • Update our Welcome Package for new members of DUPNA that includes referrals to website resources, the DUP Logo Pin, and background information.

  • Resume our Regional Telecons on topics of interest to the North American community.

  • Add at least one new Board Member.

  • Improve accuracy of circle listings by working with circle organizers to update their listings.

  • Review Office procedures and member communications for flow and efficiency.

  • Continue to encourage generosity toward our organization, including via our annual Holiday Card and other possible fundraising projects.

Our Accomplishments of 2014

  • Added resources to our website, including our "Song of the Month,” our "Dance Organizer Toolkit," and our DUP Newsletter Archives and Press Media pages.

  • Enhanced and improved our bi-monthly email Newsletter.

  • Continued our communications about recent membership and contribution methods and changes.

  • Increased support and promotion of youth events in North America, and increased outreach to circles and events for supporting youth participation in Dance events.

  • Enlisted new volunteers to serve the Dances of Universal Peace in specific roles and projects.

  • Improved functions of website forms for ease of use and reduction of spam and consequent Office hours needed, as well as improvements in the content displayed on the website from the database.

 

Our configuration circa 2011

 

Our Mission Statement:

Dances of Universal Peace, North America is a 501(c)3 public benefit corporation organized for charitable purposes, specifically to foster participation in the Dances of Universal Peace and Spiritual Walks in North America. [adopted by the Board in July, 2008]

In its broadest form and at its heart, the Dance network is a worldwide interlinked circle of hearts, as symbolized by our logo (a registered Service Mark). Dances of Universal Peace, North America is the central organization connecting the many Dance circles across North America as well as coordinating with other regions worldwide, and supporting the work of the Guidance Council and its support organization, Dances of Universal Peace International. DUPNA is also a non-profit 501(c)3 legal vehicle, handling tax deductible contributions from US residents.

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