The Swing Dance Classes encourage the children to socially, physically and mentally be engaged, something that has become extra important with the children now being out of school and at home. Because of the regulations and the high transportation fare, and with parents who have lost jobs and income, most people cannot make it for classes. Teachers are using alternative methods, such as sending dance challenges through WhatsApp, Facebook and other social media platforms, to spread joy and connection to local communities, but our members are urgently in need of financial support for basic necessities to survive, such as groceries, electricity etc..
Swing Dance Uganda (SDU) is an organisation formed in 2019. The vision of SDU is to promote the visibility and access of dance as a social entity to communities in Uganda. SDU focuses on dances like Lindy Hop, African American Vernacular Jazz and Charleston, which are all African American dance forms originating in the swing era 1920s -1940s Harlem, New York, and recognises the connection between African American swing dances and traditional and modern Ugandan dance disciplines. For example, the positioning towards the ground, improvisation to transpire creativity, circular and line formations, the polyrhythmic music which relates to the percussion of the Ugandan instruments and customarily the importance to community engagement.
As a newly formed organization, we believe that our immediate task is to reach out to supporters and help raise funds for our members hit heavily by the pandemic.
Where does the money go
Our goal is to provide each child student an equivalence of 50 USD/month, and our teachers 100USD/month, during the period August – December, for food relief. There are currently 47 child members of Swing Dance Uganda, spread out over three groups.
Teacher, (number of children), Collaborating organisation, Location
1. Atite Prisca, (15), Dance Adventure Studios, Najjera
2. Okurut George, (30), Heart For Dance, Nsambya
3. Walter Ruva, (2), Warom The Company, Ntinda
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- Kevin St. Laurent
- David Byer
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