PURE is collective of dancers and drummers who take music and dance out into the streets for the purposes of sharing dance with the community, healing, and peace. Movements from world traditions including Middle Eastern Egyptian, Turkish, Chinese, Romani (Gypsy), Israeli folk, Flamenco, Indian dance and drumming will be incorporated into the PURE experience.
Dance and ritual create community, drawing people together both emotionally and physically into a shared sense of the divine. As the community participates, no one is a stranger any longer.
Dancers and musicians will be travelling down the sidewalks, through events and festivals and public spaces throughout Sarasota and Bradenton. They'll dance and drum to share their love of dance and music with the public and to pay homage to specific sites.
Kaeshi Chai and Darshan co-founded PURE in 2004. Sarah Locke helped them shape the vision until 2006, after which Kaeshi became PURE's main facilitator. In Sarasota, the local PURE branch is co-facilitated by Misha (dance) and Brian Nell (musicians).