They Dance For Rain: The Slideshow

Sunday Dec. 15th 5:30 at the Whitney Center for the Arts
46 Wendell Ave. Pittsfield Ma


They Dance For Rain: The Exhibit

Exhibition Held Over through December 21st

Lichtenstein Center for the Arts
28 Renne Ave, Pittsfield, MA
First Friday’s Artswalk Reception December 6th 5 - 8pm


They Dance For Rain: The Exhibit

Lichtenstein Center for the Arts
28 Renne Ave, Pittsfield, MA
Opening Reception Friday November 1st 5 - 8pm


Photographs from “They Dance For Rain 2013” will be on display at the The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts during the month of November with an opening reception on Friday November 1st from 5- 8 p.m. coinciding with Pittsfield’s First Fridays ArtsWalk .

They Dance For Rain is a dance-making project that works with arts-for-social-change organizations in Nairobi, Kenya. It is created and directed by action-based dance artist Stefanie Weber in collaboration with fine art photographer Monika Pizzichemi.

Since January of 2012, They Dance For Rain has brought Tap shoes and the art form of Tap Dance to people with an interest and need for this unique kind of artistic self-expression. They also bring hoops to dance with and teach others the skills of making long-lasting dance hoops. They bring visibility to an otherwise unrepresented population of slum and ghetto dancers and dwellers through photography and film. In this area of the world, Tap Dance is still quite young and the eagerness to learn it is immense. Through this continuing global exchange of artistic dialogue They Dance For Rain inspires a new generation of Tap Dancers. These dancers will innovate the form through use of their own culturally distinctive ideas and styles.

The Lichtenstein Center exhibit will feature select photographs, videos and stories from Weber and Pizzichemi’s 2013 residency in Nairobi working with four organizations that support the performing arts in underserved areas: Shangilia Child Rescue Center, VOCAL (Voices of Change All Over), Banjuka Dance Program and GoDown Arts Center.

Photos will be on display throughout the month of November and are for sale. Proceeds from the sales will go to the 2014 continuation of the project. For more information visit: and/or contact or 413.281.6734

They Dance For Rain: The Slideshow

Wednesday, October 9th 7pm at the Berkshire Athenaeum


A slideshow about “They Dance for Rain 2013” will be presented by collaborators Monika Pizzichemi and Stefanie Weber about their trip to Nairobi this past January where Stefanie taught the art of tap-dance and hoop-dance and Monika documented it with photography and video.

Come learn more about what they have done already and what their exciting plans are for the future of this ambitious dance and art making adventure.

View select photos and videos and get inside stories as they prepare to launch their next series of fundraisers for their 2014 return.

Thanks to the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.

More info about the project:

Fractured Atlas

They Dance For Rain has received fiscal sponsorship from Fractured Atlas. Find more info here.


Soul to Sole 2013

Photos by Monika from the They Dance For Rain project will be on exhibit at this year’s Soul to Sole Tap Festival in Austin Tx. Find more info here.