DDW Reunion – Sunday Picnic Details – July 12th

Please Join us for the DDW Reunion Picnic! 


Newcastle Beach Park

Newcastle Beach Park, Picnic Area #2

4400 Lake Washington Blvd SE, Bellevue, Washington 98006

Sunday July 12, 2015


Lunch served from 1:00-2:30

Festivities begin at 11:00 with swimming, volleyball, soccer, croquet, and Bocce Ball.

Feel free to bring your own games, chairs, beach/sport equipment.

There is a sandy beach, swimming area, and play structure. If you have swimsuits, towels, and beach toys, we recommend bringing them along.

Lunch will be served from 1-2:30 (hot dogs, potato salad, watermelon, chips)

Lunch is included in the Gala ticket price. If you did not purchase a gala ticket, lunch will be $3 per person.  Please bring your own drinks and if you’d like, a side dish or fruit to share.  You may want to pack additional food for your group if you plan to stay till dusk.


Heading South on I-405 take exit #9 to Newcastle.  Take a right off the exit. Take another right on Lake WA Blvd. Wind down to the water, vere right and the beach will be on your left.

Heading North on I-405. Take exit #9 to Newcastle. Take a left off the exit. Take a right on Lake WA Blvd. Wind down to the water, vere right and the beach will be on your left.

DDW Reunion – Weekend “Dress-code”


So that you all can get packing and planning, here’s a note about dress-code for the weekend!

Friday Open House – wear whatever you have on!

Saturday Gala – think summer-dressy, not formal-dressy. As human beings (and esp. as dancers), we want to be comfortable! So think: nicer than jeans and a t-shirt, but LESS formal than sequins, beads and baubles. Summer dresses, slacks and polos are great options, no need for ties or jackets. If you plan on staying to dance the night away, bring comfy shoes. Ladies, heels are ok for sitting the sitting portion of the evening, but…for dancing, bring flats or sneakers!

Sunday Picnic – temps should be in the low-80’s, and the sun should be out, so bring your sunscreen, hats, swim-suits and towels, blankets, and wear comfy outdoor play clothes and sneakers!  (p.s. – There IS a backup plan if it rains – TBA)

DDW Reunion Weekend Itinerary July 10-12th

7/10, Friday:  Open House Reception

6pm-10pm come and go as you please, this is an informal gathering and our first time to re-connect! Food and Drinks provided, but feel free if you are local to bring a dish to share!

Youngstown Flats Apartments: 4040 26th Ave SW, Seattle, Wa 98106
This is a secure apartment building, there will be instructions on the door when you arrive to get into the building.
Take the Elevators to the 6th Floor Sky Lounge

7/11, Saturday: Reunion Gala and Performace

Seattle University – Pigott Building (Atrium and Auditorium)

901 12th Ave – Campus Walk, Seattle, WA 98122

5:30pm – arrivals and check in

6:00pm – Buffet opens

7:30pm – Performance and Presentations

9:00pm – Dancing and party

7/12, Sunday:  Send-off Picnic

11am-9pm (come and go as you please)

Newcastle Beach Park, Picnic Area #2

4400 Lake Washington Blvd SE, Bellevue, Washington 98006

Activities for Reunion weekend culminate in an outdoor (weather permitting!) picnic at Newcastle Beach Park in Bellevue on Sunday!
It will be a day of sun, sand, water, playground, field games, and BBQ! We’ll provide hot dogs, chips and watermelon. Please bring your own beverages if you can, and if possible, also bring a dessert or fruit dish to share. If you are local, we recommend bringing beach chairs, sporting equipment, and anything else that you think would be fun for the beach! Remember to pack swimsuits, sunscreen and towels for your trip!

Picnic Shelter #2, there will be signs at the park to direct you, as well as maps available at the Gala on the 11th.

GiveBIG on Tuesday, 5/5 ~ Donations support Splinter and the Diversity Dance Workshop Reunion!


Springtime is upon us once again and next week is our Annual Fundraising Campaign, as we take part in The Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG!  Each year we are honored to see the amount of support we have in the community, and we know that 2015 will leave us just as amazed.

We are really looking forward to our GiveBIG campaign next week because this year, in addition to fundraising for Splinter, we’ll be allocating a portion of the funds raised to help fund a Diversity Dance Workshop Reunion planned for this summer!

~ What your donation to ajusticenetwork supports ~

1) The DDW Reunion:
As you already know, the seed for the educational body of work that Splinter performs, began in 1992 under the name, Diversity Dance Workshop (DDW). Founded by Anna Powers and Laura Lee, the dance company brought youth from all over the world to Seattle, WA, to volunteer as performers for one year, using dance and drama to address critical social issues. It was then, and is to this day, “a unique approach to social healing.”

Over the years, DDW has been home and family to hundreds of dancers, who performed close to 186 shows each year. From Host Families, to Board Members, support volunteers to staff, DDW has touched and transformed so many lives over the past 23 years.

Although the organization eventually had to close it’s doors, it was kept alive under various names over the years, and still to this day, the repertoire and the mission live strong within Splinter Dance Company.

This Reunion is a long time coming. We are so excited to bring everyone together again to share a weekend of inspiration and heart-to-heart connections.

We encourage anyone who has been a part of, or inspired by, DDW to come join in the activities over the weekend of July 10-12th, 2015. The main event (Gala/Dinner) will be on Saturday, July 11th starting at 5pm, and tickets are on sale now!  More detailed information about the reunion can be found on our website.

During our planning meetings over the past months, the committee realized that cost may be an issue that could prohibit some people from attending the Reunion. We decided to allocate a percentage of all of our GiveBIG donations this year to help support the reunion costs, so that we have the ability to offer financial assistance to those in need.

2) Splinter Dance Company:
In addition to supporting the DDW Reunion, your donation helps Splinter Dance Company thrive and survive as a vibrant addition to the Seattle art and dance community. Monies received help us pay for studio and rehearsal space, costumes, marketing, as well as tech needs and general operating costs (web-presence etc.). We appreciate every dollar raised that helps keep us going in the work we are all so passionate about. Moving into our 6th year as a company, we have passed a milestone and are ready to move into the next 5 with power and grace. With fifteen dedicated dancers and a passion fueled by giving back to the community, Splinter is ready to get to work on new pieces as well as keep the DDW repertoire alive.

Thank you for your generous support during this year’s GiveBIG!  Click HERE to donate to ajusticenetwork and Splinter Dance Company!

With love and gratitude,

Justice, Robin and the Splinter Dancers

March 26th, 2015 ~ Performance at The Bush School, Intercultural Speaker Series, Year of the Woman


The Bush School has invited Splinter to perform as part of it’s 2015 Intercultural Speaker Series, The Year of the Woman. Using dance, music, and drama, Splinter’s performance will focus on the universal struggles and empowerment of women. In addition to a selection of our repertoire, we will have the honor of sharing the stage with The Splinter Project from Sequim, WA (from Aspire Academy of Expressive Arts) who will be performing two original works!

When: Thursday, March 26th, 2015
Doors at 6:30pm
Show at 7:00pm
Where: Bush School Auditorium (exact address forthcoming)


Photo credit: Chris Yetter

Diversity Dance Workshop Reunion Dates Set – July 10-12th, 2015 – SEATTLE, WA

IT’S OFFICIAL. Date is set and venue is secure for the 2015 DDW Reunion. All information will be sent later this month. Looking forward to seeing you all here, so start booking your flights to Seattle, WA!

JULY 10TH Designated arrivals date
JULY 11TH Reunion Celebration
JULY 12TH Departures (unless you all want to stay forever).

In previous info blasts, we had a significant amount of interested attendees and had to locate a larger venue. Let’s make this amazing, and would love to see you all.

Our planning committee will be busy in the coming months to pull everything together. It’s been a long time comin’!

The DDW Reunion will also be open to friends, supporters, and past hosts who have been a part of this amazing company in its many years of growth!

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me directly at justice@ajusticenetwork.org, but keep in mind more informational material will be sent out and posted here by our planning committee later this month.

See you all soon!
(feel free to share this with anyone you feel might like to come, as well as those who are not on this page yet).

DDW Planning Committee

Call for talent for Reverb Nights Open Mic – August 10th, 2014

Reverb Nights is an open mic dedicated to giving voice to socially conscious, inspiring, uplifting performance artists!


Where: Museum Concert Lounge at the WA Baha’i History Museum

4341 University Way NE # 210, Seattle, Washington 98103

When: Sunday August 10th, 7:30-9:00pm

Cost: FREE

Sign-up to perform or come out to support!


~ Material must be all-ages friendly. Please keep it clean and respectful (i.e. vulgarity, profanity, nudity, and racism will not be tolerated).

~ Acts are encouraged to be no longer than 5 minutes.

~ Sign-ups are taken on a first come, first served basis! Please email info@ajusticenetwork.org to secure your spot! You will receive confirmation of your participation shortly thereafter.

~ Please arrive no later than 7:30pm and check in at the venue so that we can confirm the program.

~ Walk-ins are allowed, but will be added to the end of the program and only if there is sufficient time. To guarantee your time-slot, please email us ahead of time!

~ To sign up, please email info@ajusticenetwork.org with the following information!

1) Your name 
2) Stage name if different from above
3) Your act
4) length of act
5) specific technical or space needs

presented by ajusticenetwork
hosted by Justice and Robin
made possible by all of the talented artists!