Dance of Hope is a youth-based cultural touring ensemble from Uganda, celebrated as Africa’s most impactful arts education program. It delves into the transformative power of music and dance, channeling messages of hope and resilience emanating from unforgettable mainstage productions and outreach.
This exceptional ensemble has been touring the USA since 2018. Its young cast brings stories, songs, and dances to global communities of all ages, with invigorating drum beats, sensational sounds, vibrant choreography, and gorgeous harmonies. Through vibrant mainstage performances and engagements including schools and community outreach, participants and audiences discover the pivotal role music and dance play in raising awareness about vital global issues, while instilling empowerment and boosting self-esteem for everyone involved.
Founded in 2010 by Ugandan world musician Chinobay and Bosco Segawa, once an orphan on the streets of Kampala, Dance of Hope strives to inspire, empower, and connect people and communities globally. This mission includes raising support to provide education for underprivileged children and enhance the quality of life for families in impoverished communities.
Dance of Hope not only nurtures children and empowers them, helping them heal from the pain of poverty and disenfranchisement, but also encourages them to express themselves boldly, powerfully, and in harmony with others. The touring cast members have emerged from some of the most challenging environments imaginable, turning negative stories into positive ones. They exemplify a resilience forged through the sounds that enhance creativity, persistence, and change. They inspire audiences to explore their own emotions and seek healthy, creative modes of expression.
Audiences who experience the power of Dance of Hope performances are deeply moved by the emotional impact of candid storytelling and are inspired to support the arts and education. Across the globe, young people are motivated to learn and open to new experiences, and Dance of Hope utilizes music, arts, and life skills to highlight this commonality and nurture its growth.
Dance of Hope was established in 2010 by Ugandan musician, educator, producer, and World Bridge Foundation founder Chinobay (formerly Herbert Kinobe), along with Bosco Segawa - once an orphan on the streets of Kampala, Uganda, who founded M-LISADA, one of the most esteemed children’s homes in the country.
Despite his extensive travels and performances around the world, Chinobay’s connection to Uganda remains steadfast. Growing up in an impoverished community with scarce resources, Chinobay’s journey is nothing short of remarkable.
In 2008, while on tour in the US, Chinobay was introduced to the work of M-LISADA children’s home by Charles Terry, a philanthropist who had been supporting the home for several years. Charles invited Chinobay to M-LISADA, where they witnessed a performance by children facing profound hardships.
Despite the challenges they had endured, their smiles radiated resilience. Hundreds of children were eager to share their music, and Chinobay found himself moved to tears - he had once been one of those children. Witnessing this, he envisioned a dream where they could travel the world, sharing their songs and stories with communities worldwide, while working to restore dignity and self-confidence. This emotional experience led Chinobay to return to M-LISADA by himself the next day, to meet with Bosco. They shared their personal life stories, experiences, and ideas on how these vulnerable children could forge paths to sustainable solutions that could transform their local communities, marking the birth of Dance of Hope.