Dance of Hope programs have reached and impacted over 45000 global students, hundreds of families and diverse communities through performances, outreach and education. Here are some testimonials from past tour experiences.
Teachers and principals’ experiences
Testimonials from teachers and principals after hosting aDance of Hope residency.
What Makes DANCE OF HOPE Different From Other African Youth Ensembles 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
Student- Host family experiences
Dance of hope members and their host student family share their experiences.
Local students impact
A South Whidbey high school student shares her experience with Dance of Hope
Dance of Hope children visit a classroom for a Q & A session during an outreach
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Kinobe was born in Uganda where he and his family lived through poverty.During that period many children lost their parents to HIV/AIDS
and the war in Northern Uganda. In 2000, after performing a song on the World Aids Day, he was invited to UNICEF by H.E. Michel Sidibe,
and shortly became a UNICEF advocate for children on topics of child labor, HIV and girl education.
Kinobe’s music took a big turn towards social work and soon started touring extensively in throughout Africa, Europe and North America,
performing,teaching and working with young people. In 2012 he was appointed World Ambassador for the Harmony Foundation (CANADA) supporting
their important work on environmental protection and social development and improving the lives of children and their families around the world.
Alan has over 35 years of experience in senior management positions in a global enterprise, being an executive coach, a trainer and a consultant.
He has a demonstrated track record of success coaching leaders to realize breakthrough results, utilizing his unique talent for disruptive/context
shifting interactions. Alan brings a commitment to optimizing leadership performance and realizing professional fulfillment to each of his coaching
clients. He can be counted on to bring joy to the client and the coaching process!
Prior to his professional coaching career Alan hired, trained and mentored over 100 managers and leaders. He successfully launched and grew several
new operation centers for an international training and development company. He was known in this company as someone who could both design new products
and processes as well as take failing parts of the enterprise and turn them into successes. His eye was always on the employees AND the bottom line.
Alan holds a Bachelor in Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Social Inquiry. He has post-graduate training and expertise in strategic
design, business management and practical philosophy. He is also a trained individual and group counselor. While Alan has deep expertise in business, he is
also passionate about serving international non-profits. He gets great joy from helping them realize their missions and elevating the culture of the organization.
Gilad Babchuk has extensive experience establishing, developing and running various organizations, and has founded or co-founded over 15 social
enterprises, academic programs, and NGOs both as an educator and social entrepreneur. Gilad consults several international companies and institutions
in the fields of e-learning and progressive education and does business development consulting for a multi-national biotech company.
In 2012 Gilad co-founded the innovative alternative business school Groundswell and serves as its Executive Director. Groundswell pioneers a new
way to support aspiring entrepreneurs and individuals who want to develop their ideas into sustainable social enterprises, taking a holistic approach
to education by incubating the individual, not just the business idea, within an ecosystem of support.
Groundswell has supported the launch and growth of nearly 100 social ventures.
Lutwama Muhammed is the former Executive director at ACTogether Uganda an NGO linked to SLUM DWELLERS INTERNATIONAL and for over a decade,
he has mobilized people living in informal settlements to build voices that can lead to total transformation and improvement of
standards of living.
He worked with the ministry of lands, housing and urban development in Uganda, to formulate the Uganda national Urban policy, National Slum
Upgrading strategy and National solid Waste management strategy.
FHe has worked with Cities Alliance and World Bank supported initiatives as a key strategist in the implementation of Transformation of
Settlements of the urban poor in Uganda, Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development projects where he mobilized 100,000 slum
dwellers families in 14 Municipalities to effectively participate as beneficiaries.
Mr. Lutwama has been a member of the Uganda National Urban forum - a think tank on urban issues, worked with Kampala Capital city Authority
on the advisory committee on urban renewal, United Nations Development Program, UN-HABITAT and Department For International Development.
Mr. Lutwama worked as programs coordinator at MLISADA in 200, designing programs that helped to support the marginalized children in the
slums and streets of Kampala
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in social work and social administration and a masters in social sector planning and management.
In 1996, Segawa Bosco was a 12-year- old orphan living on the Kampala streets with his three younger sisters. One day he saw children
playing brass band music at a private school. He asked the administrators to teach him music too. They said no. He persevered, and came
to the school everyday until they relented, and agreed to teach Bosco and his friends on weekends and holidays where he and eight street
boys learned to play music, and within a few months they all played brass band instruments well enough to support themselves.
They found a sponsor to pay their rent for two rooms, where they stored their instruments and slept. Wanting a better life for other street
children, the boys opened the relative comfort and safety of the rooms to desperate children. Bosco’s single-minded focus galvanized these
children, as they pulled their lives together. They called themselves M-LISADA (Music, Life Skills, and Destitution Alleviation). This was
the start of the M-Lisada Children’s Home, a highly regarded orphanage in Kampala today that has reclaimed over 400 children from the streets.
The organization houses 50 children and another 80 children come in from the streets every day, for showers, food, counseling, music lessons,
a safe place to play, and unqualified support.
A music lover, entrepreneur, adventure seeker and philanthropist at heart. Dima has a unique way of seeing opportunities and creating
lasting win/win relationships. You will find Dima at a jam party he organized behind a smoking BBQ enjoying the vibes and the pleasure
of bringing the local music and community together and feeding dozens of people. Dima holds Bachelor of Applied Science (Engineering)
Working in the development and construction industry over the last 11 years, Dima has built a reputation for delivering projects on time,
on budget, and of the highest quality. Being involved in construction projects as large as $160M, Dima brings business mindset, structure,
execution,organization and just like the rest of our team he dreams BIG.