Spirit of Uganda
February 7, 2012
-Master Class for DANC 266 and DANC 310 Students
-11am-12:30pm @ DRK in Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
It's hope lit onstage. Spirit of Uganda beams with the essence of East African children who are staunch and tender and see a world full of possibilities. Booming rhythms from drums pounded with glee, jingling anklets from high-stepping dancers, brilliant costumes, and gleaming hearts convey the colors and sounds of their country. These children are just a handful of Uganda's 2.4 million orphans from AIDS and civil war. Most of the performers have lost parents to the dual crises gripping their region, and although they can never forget what they have encountered, they envision a future born from their own strength and potential. When they bring their stories of hardship and triumph to the world, they raise money to help children like themselves back home. As a part of Empower African Children, a foundation begun by Alexis Hefley in 2006, Spirit of Uganda lets these 22 young performers shine with the electrifying light of tomorrow.