From the very first drumbeat, and for 45 minutes to 1½ breathtaking hours, audiences are transported on an exhilarating journey to Africa like they’ve never experienced before. The costuming is traditional. The instruments are authentic and handmade. The music is a harmonious fusion of rhythms from East, West, and South Africa. The personal stories—a healthy balance of tragic and triumphant, shared by the young performers—are moving and inspirational.
No other production captures the energy and messages of hope and resilience that emanate from this powerfully moving production.
“When we’re on the stage, DANCE OF HOPE delivers a night to remember,” states co-founder and producer, Kinobe. “Our children, the music, the dances, and storytelling will captivate everyone who witnesses it. The show is quite a journey through Africa not to be missed!”
Featured Video – Dance of Hope at Shakori Grassroots Festival 2018.
Outreach and Education
Bringing storytelling, song, dance, and traditional African instruments into classrooms are all part of DANCE OF HOPE’s “Exchange and connect” program. Eyes light up when the troupe visits schools, churches, festivals and community gatherings bearing instruments and stories to exchange with other children whose lives are similar and different. Through interaction with DANCE OF HOPE, students are instructed on how to play several traditional African instruments, sing along with DANCE OF HOPE performers, improvise dance movements to accompany the songs, and create original compositions in a workshop setting. The intimate settings provide memorable opportunities for children and adults from different countries and backgrounds to find common space. Through panel discussions, participants learn about the role music plays in creating awareness on many important issues such as global poverty, peace, justice and human rights, environmental protection, empowerment and self esteem building, and love.
Featured Video – Dance of Hope Residency, South Haven, MI
STUDY GUIDES for teachers and leaders feature suggested lesson plans, exercises, activities, and information that can enhance the experience. An annotated bibliography is also included.
Who conducts the workshops?
The young performers of Dance of hope take the leading role in teaching, assisted by the team leaders. The residency program gives the opportunity to local students to connect with the Dance of hope children directly, teaching and learning from each other.
Dance of Hope is recognized for its artistic and dynamic entertainment experiences. Filled with a joyous message of peace and hope, Q&A, and more. Typically, performances will take place in Performing Arts, Schools/Universities, and Cultural Center venues. However we are proud to announce that we also offer Special Engagement performances for audiences of all ages that are looking for an experience that’s more up-close-and-personal, behind the scenes, with unique extras. DOH has
been known to transform a space – like a hospital waiting room, a museum lobby, an airport, and even a backyard!
The goal is to create a full immersion experience that showcases the creative work of the performers through an exhilarating combination of talents and spirit, all while bringing the stage closer to you.
Each engagement gives our patrons the best seat in the house. Be a part of our global community. Contact us today to schedule your next event.