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How did the name DANCE OF HOPE come about?

The name portrays what the organizers have provided for the cast members, and what the cast members offer their audiences: HOPE. Many of the young performers have come from the worst environments imaginable, however while onstage, they focus on how they’ve turned a negative story into a positive one. And they aim to inspire others to do the same.

What makes DANCE OF HOPE different from other African youth troupes performing in the U.S.?

DANCE OF HOPE is experiential. Whether in performance or residency, the children use music, dance, and storytelling to expose audiences to Africa’s rich culture, history and the arts. They also share their transformative personal stories in an interactive format with the audience, to give hope and affect change

What happens during a workshop or residency with DANCE OF HOPE?

Whether the outreach is one day or one week, the young performers interact with local students in an intimate setting to learn from each other about their lifestyles and cultures. The local children try their hand at several traditional African instruments and create original songs that culminate in a full-fledged performance for their families and friends.

For what age group does the cast perform?

The interactive main-stage performances are for the entire family. There are many elements exciting for all ages. By the end of the performance, audiences will feel as though they have been transported to the African continent.
The workshops and residencies are geared toward students however the final collaborative music and dance sequences are performed for family, friends and the community.
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