Ballet school in the Kibera slum (Kenya) – August 2019

KIBERA

 

In August 2019, Pier Giorgio Regazzo and Catherine Habasque traveled to Nairobi to work with and support the young ballet dancers of the Kibera slum of the Project Elimu from Mike Wamaya.

It has been and emotional and deep experience that some of you have followed through our posts on Instagram and Facebook.

The discovery of the life conditions in the slum has been life changing and the strength and kindness of the people and the kids we worked with far above our expectations.

Work & Future of the project

  • We worked with about 200 children every day, giving separated ballet training to young girls and boys
  • We rehearsed intensively with thirty of them, going deep into the discipline, the precision and the sense of responsibility for oneself and the others dance requires, and we created a short piece for them to use to raise funds for the center and the ballet classes. The children chose themselves the name of the piece: „Finding the Future“. The video an be seen here https://youtu.be/Fib1Xwz4U-c
  • We started supporting financially the talented 12 year old Eugene to pursue his growth in Ballet outside of the slum and join the Dance Center Kenya ballett school in center Nairobi. We are following him and will help him realise him dream of becoming a Ballet Dancer.

We are planning to go back to Kibera again and develop the work with this beautiful and life changing project for the children of the slums.