What is PURE?
PURE is an international community of artists who bring positive change to the world through dance, music and theater. Kaeshi Chai and Darshan co-founded the group in 2004 and Sarah Locke helped them shape the vision until 2006, after which Kaeshi became PURE's main facilitator.
The name PURE acknowledges that we are “going back to the source” of our authentic selves. We pay homage to dance as the oldest form of communal ritual. The name also highlights our process of distilling the healing essence of many traditions into one PURE offering.
The "P" is for Public
We engage in "guerrilla bellydance"-surprising the unsuspecting public with what seem like spontaneous performances. Dancing through the streets, we are seen by thousands of people from all walks of life, people who otherwise may never see this gorgeous, often misunderstood dance form. We also bring attention to different causes that benefit the public, by teaming up with charities and world peace organizations.
"U" stands for Urban
Our home, where we live in densely populated cities and small towns alike.
"R" is for Ritual
Ritual allows you to honor the passing seasons and acknowledge the important moments in one's life. Ritual creates 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.
"E" is for Experiment
We take chances. We try new things. Sometimes we fall on our faces, but we always let curiosity and the spirit of exploration guide us. We keep others guessing about what will come next! And we always prepare for the unexpected. PURE's dance and music are more than steps and notes. Together, they are a living, breathing art form, never stagnant, ever evolving.