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Send Hope Dancers to Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Raised toward our $60,000 Goal
91 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on May 31, at 11:00 PM EDT
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H2 Dance Co. - Performances are "Delightful Entertainment"

August 10, 2016

The performances are complete and the reviews are coming in! Here's an excellent written review of our very own H2 Dance Co. by Broadway Baby.

"A refreshingly human take on dance and the unshakable human spirit, Dieser Ort is a stirring voyage of identity, humanity, and unwavering determination. Emerging choreographer Matthew Farmer sets this newest full-length, dance theatre work on the vibrant cast of H2 Dance Co. A rousing visual and musical journey of universalism, this piece captivates the inspiring and satiric battle between individuality and society."

Read the full Broadway Baby review.

Thank you again for your support of this project. We are looking forward to hearing more from the dancers as they return to campus. Make sure to follow them on Facebook if you don't already.

H2 Dance Co. In The News!

July 20, 2016

Check out the latest news from Hope College with a great article about H2 Dance Co. at the Fringe!

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!!!

May 30, 2016

It is with hearts full or gratitude and love that we say a HUGE “Thank You” to everyone who donated to our campaign!!!  Because of you, we not only met our goal, but we exceeded it!!!! We feel so blessed to have so many people in our lives who have given of their resources to make this performance and trip possible. Please know that you are forever in our hearts, and while there is no way we could possibly ever pay you all back, we will do our very best to represent you, Hope College, and the art of dance to the best of our abilities at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

On a similar note, because of your overwhelming generosity we can now add the additional money raised from this campaign to the Hope College International Dance Fund; a fund/endowment that the Hope College Dance Department will be growing in the coming year. The aim of this fund is to ensure that no future dance student ever be denied the life-changing opportunity of international travel and performance due to personal or family financial limitations; and so we can stop harassing you through posts and emails ;-) Currently the Dance Department is scheduled to host a 2 week educational trip and performance in Paris, France next May. Also in the future, the Dance Department is currently discussing a joint concert with Grosso Modo (a contemporary dance company located in Queretaro, Mexico) and Hope College dance students in the city of Queretaro. Needless to say, none of these international engagements would be possible for us students without the generous support of individuals like you. Again, THANK YOU!!!!!

Lastly, this success-filled update will be our last, as we are officially closing our fundraising campaign. While we know you are just as sad as we are to be saying goodbye, we are also sure that you are happy to have one last email to check in your inbox each day. However, this does not have to be goodbye forever. Be sure to continue to follow us on our journey to the Fringe via our Facebook page H2 Dance Co. at the Fringe. We will be posting pics and videos of last minute rehearsals, traveling shenanigans, tech rehearsals and performances, and just plain fun stuff. It is the least we can do to show our appreciation for all of the support you have given us. Also, we will be sending out our last round of perks in the coming week. If you have not received your perk by June 10th PLEASE email one of our directors (Matthew Farmer) at We would never want you to go without your much deserved perk.

One last time, we say thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!!  Your generosity and kindness has brought tears to our eyes. You are a part of our dance family now, and like all family you shall forever have our hearts.

Much Love,

H2 Dance Co.

8 days left

May 23, 2016

There are only 8 days left in our campaign, and we are sooooo close. Please spread the word with any and everyone who will listen.

14 days left

May 17, 2016

 We are 14 days out from the OFFICIAL end of our campaign. We are at 95% of our total goal, but we need your help to cross the finish line in style. PLEASE share our site with anyone who will listen. We couldn't have gotten this far without you, and we can't finish without you either. This is a group effort, and we couldn't think of a better group of people to work with than you :-)

Another great video!

May 16, 2016

Look who made the 150th Anniversary commemorative video for Hope College!!! The news is getting around! While you at it, we are still just shy of our final goal. Tell a friend, tell a neighbor...tell a tree...either way we need your help in these closing days.


Another Sneak Peek

May 06, 2016

Here is another sneak peek at some of the new choreography for our Scotland performance. Hope you enjoy.

We are soooooo close

May 04, 2016

We are officially 94% toward our goal!!! Can you believe it?! We had another great weekend of donations, and you have all been a part of it. Help us reach 100% before the end of the month by spreading the word. You are rock stars in our eyes

The Finish Line is Close

April 28, 2016

Super excite for our fellow Hope College friends who have finished strong on their crowdfunding campaigns! Share our story and help us also cross the finish line in style

Posters are in!

April 22, 2016

Our posters are in!!!! We will be putting our "John Handcocks" on them over the next few rehearsals!!! Here is a sneak peak at them without our beautiful signatures. We can't wait to send them out to those of you have been waiting!!!

First round of perks off

April 21, 2016

We've dropped our first round of tank tops and sweatshirts in the mail today. Sweatpants and posters will be coming soon. If you haven't gotten back to us with your preferred clothing size please email one of our directors at

Perk emails coming your way

April 18, 2016

Perk emails are going out today and tomorrow. If you do not receive an email by Thursday, but feel you should have, just let us know and we will rectify it. Also, tank top people: we just ordered XL tank tops as let us know in your email reply if you'd prefer this size

They are here!!!!

April 15, 2016

They're here, they're here, they're here!!!! If you donated to our campaign and are owed a clothing perk, then watch your email next week for a message from our Co-Artistic Director Matthew Farmer asking for your desired size. Also, regardless of your giving size, watch your emails for our personalized "Thank You" for all of your donations. We love you all!!!!

Another great story....all because of your amazing support!!!!

April 13, 2016

Super exciting news!!!! Click the link below for the latest and greatest article written about our Scotland premier. If you receive the News from Hope magazine, you can anticipate a hard copy coming your way soon. Oh…let us take another opportunity to say thank you again for your amazing support!!!!!

Sneak Peek

April 12, 2016

As we said, we've been hard at work. Here is a sneak peek of our rehearsals from last week.

We're back!!!!!

April 11, 2016

We're back after a week off. As we mentioned, the decision to extend our fundraising campaign came straight from the top. Here is a wonderful letter from President Knapp which highlights Hope College's new international initiatives, and your's truly.Look for this letter in your mail if you subscribe to the Hope College mailing list; if not, feel free to read our uploaded version. Also, we've been busy little bees in rehearsal all last week. Keep an eye on your emails for pictures and videos of our rehearsals

Support The H2 Dancers Through May 31!

March 30, 2016

Soon, you will see a copy of News from Hope College in your mailbox. In this issue, readers will learn all about crowdfunding and how they can help send Hope dancers to Edinburgh. Due to the upcoming publication we have extended the deadline for this project to May 31, 2016. In this way, we are able to reach more potential supporters throughout the Hope College community.

Everyone is confident that we will not only reach our goal of $60,000 to make this once in a lifetime trip a reality for the dancers, but also to support a new fund for international dance at Hope College for future experiences.

Thank you for making this project a success!

2 days and one Ace

March 29, 2016

holy moly time is flying by!!! 2 DAYS left!!!! CRAZY!!!!! But, fear not....we have an ace up our sleeve ;-) Watch your emails tomorrow for some exciting news :-)

Pets supporting H2

March 25, 2016

So this big girl (our director's newfie Bella) listened to our call to action, and she donated her favorite blanket to our cause ;-)wink emoticon If you have a pet, take a pic and post it in our Facebook comment section with the hashtag ‪#‎petsforH2‬ Also, don't forget to share our cause on your own social media page, or word of mouth with your friends

7 days left

March 24, 2016

Oh my goodness!!!! Where has the time gone??? Only 7 days left, and we still have some strides to make. As of now 12 of our 16 students are fully funded by all of the lovely support smile emoticon However, that means 4 students are still in jeopardy frown emoticon PLEASE ...tell you friends, tell you family, tell your co-workers.....tell you dogs and cats....we're so close, but we still need your help.

Heartbroken for Brussels

March 23, 2016

Even though we are in the midst of our fund raising (8 days left), it is only fitting that we send our love to Brussels. We are sure there will be many artists from this great city at the Fringe this year, and we very much look forward to sharing the stage with them in solidarity and love.

The Design is in!!!

March 21, 2016

Thank you to everyone who has given so far!!!!  Your personal thank you email is currently being edited, and the official "H2 at the Fringe" mock-up is in. The emails and clothes will be going out next week. Here's a sneak peak at the clothes.

New Music

March 18, 2016

Wow!!! Sir Simon Rattle seems almost as excited to work with this piece of music as we are ;-) So geeked about adding Schuman's Symphony No. 4, Op. 120: Movement IV to our Scotland piece.


Luck of the Irish

March 17, 2016

Talk about "Luck of the Irish"!!! Some one actually took our top perk on the crowdfunding website :-o We are now at 71% of meeting our goal!!!!! Go check it out, and please, please, please...send your friends, family, and loved ones to the site. We are so close we can taste it :-)

New Article

March 17, 2016

Exciting news!!!!

March 16, 2016

We've got some super exciting news to share!!!! Stay tuned for the announcement tomorrow!!!!!!

16 Days

March 15, 2016

There are only 16 DAYS left in our fundraising campaign. Please share with those you know. We have a long way to go, but with your help we can make it.

New video

March 11, 2016

Did you happen to see we have a new video on the site? No? Well then....come back to the crowdfunding site to watch it, and on your way bring a friend ;-)

Help us make a decision

March 10, 2016

All right, now is your chance to participate in some decision-making. We are submitting 4 photos to be considered for our advertisement in the Fringe Festival magazine. Which one do you like the most?  Go to our Facebook page H2 Dance Co. at the Fringe and put in your vote!!!!

See Fringe Dancers at Hope!

March 08, 2016

This past weekend was opening weekend of Hope's Dance 42 featuring many of the H2 at the Fringe dancers! Check out some photos from our first shows, and make sure you come see it this weekend and get a preview of some of the talent that will be performing in Edinburgh in 5 short months! Performances are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 pm at the Knickerbocker Theater. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students, and $7 for seniors and Hope College faculty and staff.

It's Here!!!!!!!!!!!!

March 08, 2016

It's here!!!! The newest video for our crowdfunding campaign!!!! A HUGE shout out to Phillip Blauw for producing it! Revisit the site in in two days and enjoy hearing from some of the dancers!!!!!!!

Keep the smiles coming

March 07, 2016

There are only 24 DAYS left in our crowdfunding campaign. PLEASE share and get your friends involved. Keep these smiles coming :-)

Bombs Away

March 02, 2016

Emma and Emily just photo-bombed this pic at the end of rehearsal last night. Help us blow our crowdfunding goal out of the water by sharing the link with your friends :-)

It's Been Two Weeks Already!!!

February 29, 2016

Tessa can't believe that we're already two weeks into our crowdfunder...and the amount of support we've received!!! Keep the love coming people. Share, post, and re-tweet :-)

Cool Swag!!!!!

February 25, 2016

If you think this H2 swag is great, wait until you see the H2 swag you get for donating

Promo Video!

February 24, 2016

We had a blast filming our promo video for the Fringe Festival the other night! We are so excited to share it with you all soon, so make sure you keep an eye out for it!

It's going to be EPIC!!

February 23, 2016

We just heard from our presenting company LiveArts, and......we will be performing OPENING WEEKEND of the Fringe!!!!! We will be in the Triplex on August 5-8 @ 7:45pm. This is prime booking, and sure to sell out, so go to the Fringe website and start booking your tickets.

Jumping for Joy

February 22, 2016

We are overjoyed at the amount of support we have received thus far!!! Thank you to everyone who has donated. If you want to see us jump even higher please consider donating (if you haven't yet),or please share this page with you family and friends. 

Our way
of Thanking You


Thank You Email

Thank you for your support! The Hope Dancers will send you an email with a thank you video.

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Autographed Poster

Receive an autographed poster from the H2 Dance @theFringe dancers.

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H2 Dance @theFringe Tank Top

We will mail you a H2 Dance @theFringe Tank Top. We will also include your name in our list of donors for upcoming performances.

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H2 Dance @theFringe Sweatpants

We will mail you a pair of H2 Dance Company @ the Fringe sweatpants. We will also include your name on our list of donors for upcoming performances.

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H2 Dance @theFringe Sweatshirt

We will mail you a H2 Dance @theFringe sweatshirt. We will also include your name on our list of donors for upcoming performances.

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Complimentary Tickets Holland

2 complimentary tickets to the Holland Fall Premiere of H2 Dance @theFringe. Dates of these performances will be announced soon! And an autographed poster from the H2 Dance @theFringe dancers. We will also include your name on our list of donors for upcoming performances.

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H2 Dance @theFringe Gift Bag

This spectacular H2 Dance @theFringe Gift Bag includes sweatshirt, autographed poster and 2 tickets to the Holland Fall Premiere Performance. We will also include your name in our list of donors for upcoming performances.

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Gift Bag, Tickets & Dinner

This package includes the spectacular H2 Dance @theFringe gift bag, sweatshirt, autographed poster, 2 complimentary tickets to the Holland Fall Premier Performance AND dinner for you and a guest with the directors in downtown Holland before the premier! We will include your name in the list of donors for upcoming performances as well.

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Join us in Edinburgh!

Join the H2 Dancers at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland! Experience the Fringe Festival with Hope students. (Airfare not included, tax deductible portion at this level is $7,000.)

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