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Shepherd to host Children of Uganda dance troupe

By Staff | Jan 31, 2012

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV–The Children of Uganda dance troupe will perform at Shepherd University on Tuesday, Jan. 31 in the Storer Ballroom, Student Center, at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The group has toured since 1996. The music and dance troupe has performed on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Sharon Osbourne Show,” at the White House, the 2003 Grammy Week’s MusiCares benefit honoring U2’s Bono, and more. This year, the group will continue to share the rich culture of Uganda through rapid rhythms, quicksilver movements, commanding drums, haunting flutes, funny folktales, and songs of joy and hope.

The music and dance troupe, hailed by The New York Times as a “euphoriccelebration of dignity,” is comprised of 18 children along with their young adult leaders. This troupe will serve as ambassadors for Uganda’s estimated 3.5 million orphans, left homeless by the AIDS crisis. In addition to raising global awareness about this leading cause of death in Uganda, the group will help raise funds for two schools established to provide shelter, education and a bright future for children orphaned by AIDS.