With a need to recognize our connection to a global society, The Gloria Eve School of the Arts in partnership with Rhythm N Dance LLC has created a new program called The Dance Ambassadors Program. This program seeks to provide opportunities to young people who are dedicated to using dance as a form of exchange and communication on a global level.
Each of the participants in this program will undergo rigorous training to prepare them for an international project that will allow the participants to study dances of a particular country and community up close, from an ethnographic perspective. The participants will also have the opportunity to connect with other dancers from various communities around the world, which will create a global network of dance ambassadors, all working together to create change in a world where dance can save lives.
In August, 2018, The Dance Ambassadors will embark on their first international trip to the African country Uganda.
This inaugural trip will connect our dance Ambassadors with artists and dancers who are just as passionate about performing as they are. The participants will be given the opportunity to immerse themselves in the traditional cultures of the Ugandan people, as well as visit cultural and geographical landmarks like the Nile River and a visit to the Equator. We will work with several different organizations to develop an educational dance performance that will take place and the National Theater in Kampala, Uganda.
The Dance Ambassadors Program will also have members from Uganda that will be given the opportunity to travel back to the United States to be trained and to perform with The Gloria Eve School.
Gloria Eve has a long history of bringing together some of the most talented dance educators around to educate our youth and aspiring artists. The backbone of our programming is our core of dancers and musicians that work hard to create a foundation for our students. We will be taking several of our staff members to facilitate workshops with the dancers and students of Uganda. The exchange of cultural information regarding dance pedagogy and dance ethnography is immense. These dance facilitators will be charged with training the next generation of global dance ambassadors who will use dance as a vehicle to connect, communicate and create on a global level.