STORYDANCER PROJECT

THE STORYDANCER PROJECT

THE STORYDANCER PROJECT

A GRASSROOTS WORK…
EACH GIRL, EACH WOMAN, EACH CHILD…
SHARED JOY PRODUCES POWERFUL RESULTS!

THE STORYDANCER PROJECT™ (TSP), AN INTERNATIONAL NON-PROFIT ARTISTIC HEALTH RESOURCE ORGANIZATION, FOUNDED BY INTERNATIONAL PERFORMER ZULEIKHA

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OUR WORK

OUR WORK

 

WHAT WE DO

The Storydancer Project (TSP), a non-profit international artistic health resource organization, serves girls, women, children and families facing challenging life circumstances by providing innovative Core Wellness Exercise and Movement Arts programs and trainings that foster and enliven greater health, self-esteem, resilience and leadership. TSP is a 501(c)(3) organization, based in Santa Fe, NM, which offers its programs free of charge. TSP works in partnership with organizations and communities locally and globally. We particularly focus on collaborating to create sustainable, train-the-trainer programs that provide the most effective long-term support for our partnering communities.

TSP’S CORE WELLNESS MODEL

TSP’s Core Wellness Exercise and Movement Arts Model incorporates exercise, movement, rhythm, music and story to develop a resilient and enlivened sense of self, strengthen participants’ connection to their bodies and establish a sound foundation for joy and health.

HOW WE CAME ABOUT

TSP was created in 2001 by Zuleikha to address the lack of wellness education and resources for girls and women locally and internationally and to bring rejuvenation, leadership and self-care skills to girls, women, children and families facing challenging life circumstances such as poverty, illness, war, and natural disasters.
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U.S. PROGRAMS

U.S. PROGRAMS

 

WOMEN’S SELF-CARE & RESILIENCY PROGRAM, SANTA FE, NM

(ONGOING SINCE 2012) In collaboration with Esperanza Shelter for Battered Families WSCRP programs provide innovative Core Wellness trainings to staff who work with underserved women in shelters and trauma treatment centers. Staff trainings in TSP Self-Care and Resiliency offer inspiration, relief from burn-out and a model of self-care and renewal that can be continually applied for the long-term benefit of both staff and clients.

NM NAVAJO NATION ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

(SINCE 2010) NNN WHAT’S IN A STORY offering Core Wellness Exercise, and stories and vocabulary in the Dine Bizaad (Navajo) language and English to elementary school children in 5 New Mexico schools.

PAST U.S. PROGRAMS

WHAT’S IN A STORY (CORE WELLNESS EXERCISE AND MOVEMENT ARTS): SANTA FE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS, SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO (since 2008). Nava, Carlos Gilbert, Amy Biehl, Turquoise Trail, Sweeney and Aspen Community Magnet Elementary Schools. WHAT’S IN A STORY is an inter-cultural, interdisciplinary and bilingual program of movement, body & health awareness, literacy and creative storytelling arts for New Mexico elementary school children, now reaching over 1000 students. SANTA FE PUBLIC LIBRARY (2010) sponsored by Friends of the Library. WHAT’S IN A STORY at the Main, Southside and La Farge branch libraries.
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INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS

INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS

 

NEW LIGHT CENTER

(New Program 2012, Kolkata, India) Trainings for young women college students to teach the TSP Core Wellness model to children of sex workers in one of the largest red light districts in the world. A collaboration with New Light Center, whose mission is to is to promote gender equality through education and life-skill training, and thereby reduce harm caused by violence and abuse to women and young children.

TEACH PEACE TO REACH PEACE

(New Program 2012, Kolkata, India) Zuleikha and TSP, in collaboration with The American Center, teaches and performs with high school students, mostly girls, from six city schools in Kolkata as part of “Teach Peace to Reach Peace.” This is an innovative aim to transform education that emphasizes Peace Education to help institutions shed prejudice and discrimination, and embrace tolerance and acceptance.

CANSUPPORT PALLIATIVE CARE PROGRAM

(Since 2008, Delhi, India). CanSupport provides support for patients living with cancer and their families. Over four years, TSP in collaboration with CanSupport has developed a dynamic palliative care training program, called RELAXATION THERAPEUTIC HEALTH EXERCISES for PALLIATIVE CARE, that encompasses specialized Core Wellness work with CanSupport patients and family members, training of CanSupport Home Care Team counselors, doctors and nurses, and supervision of fieldwork with Home Care Teams. This work uses palliative care initiatives designed by Zuleikha and TSP using the TSP Core Wellness Model, a curriculum that is now being implemented in 25 nursing colleges in Delhi.

CANSUPPORT

(Since 2005, Delhi, India). TSP provides innovative palliative care programs based on TSP’s TAKE A MINUTE Core Wellness Exercise, used with patients and families living with or recovering from cancer to provide stress relief and lift spirits.

HOPE PROJECT CHARITABLE TRUST

(Since 2001, Delhi, India). In collaboration with the Hope Project, which serves poor and vulnerable children and adults, TSP offers Training of Trainer programs (TOT) in children’s Core Wellness Exercise and music, Core Wellness Exercise for women, healthy lifestyle education, and self-care support for vocational training.
HOPE PROJECT SCHOOL
(Since 2001) TSP Core Wellness Exercise, Movement Arts and Music classes for children attending the Hope Project School, which serves poor and vulnerable children in the Nizamuddin Basti neighborhood of Delhi. Also provide self-care classes for women in vocational training.
HOPE PROJECT HEALTH CLINIC
(Since 2006). Spondylitis and Lifestyles Open Clinics and trainings for community women, with home visits. In partnership with Dr. Sanjuli, using Core Wellness Exercise and techniques. Also outreach through the clinic partnership participating in Community Women’s Health Home Visits.
HOPE PROJECT MOBILE HEALTH UNIT
(Since 2010) Visits to the communities outside of Delhi and basti with the Mobile Health Unit. Core Wellness exercise for better health with women and girls living in extreme poverty.
HOPE PROJECT COMMUNITY RENEWAL
(Since 2010) TSP has provided: Training of Trainer programs in children’s exercise and music, in-home exercise for women, healthy lifestyle, and self-care support for vocational training; Women’s Vocational Exercise Programs; Core Wellness Exercise Program for the Hope Project Computer Class for Religious Leaders.
PAST INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS
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PARTNERSHIPS

PARTNERSHIPS

 

HOW WE PARTNER
The Storydancer Project™ (TSP) adapts its programs to the communities we serve. We are finding that our work to encourage health in body, mind and spirit can be helpful in many different situations of suffering – families and patients dealing with the devastation of cancer, school children struggling to learn, girls and women facing isolation, poverty, domestic violence and health issues, caregivers trying to find more energy to move through their day – these are just some of the circumstances into which TSP brings its rejuvenating programs. We are invited to bring our innovative approach into each partner community. A real partnership is formed that facilitates maximum learning and growth for each individual in the context of cultural

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