By Ranell Dickson Nsereko
A group of talented young dancers from Uganda warmed hearts around the world after earning the coveted “golden buzzer” on Britain’s Got Talent.
The Ghetto Kids, a dance troupe of children between the ages of five and 13, put on electrifying performances that showed off their personalities and impressive choreography. They lost out in the finals.
They (Ghetto Kids) are just one of the many sensational talented young dancers making inroads. One group that is on the cusp of greatness is the Wakiso Kids Dance Foundation. Watching them perform, you can tell that the conveyor belt that is churning out child prodigy dance sensations has just started.,
In the vibrant community of Wakiso, Uganda, a remarkable foundation was born. It is called the Wakiso Dance Kids Foundation, and it came into existence on the 8th of August 2018. At its core, the foundation set out to transform lives through the power of dance, drama, soccer, pottery, and other artistic endeavors.
Under the tutelage of David Mubiru, a compassionate individual deeply connected to the community, the group started. Then, David’s heart was filled with a desire to assist disadvantaged yet talented children in his surroundings. With the support of his friends Branks Male and Edward Kanonya he brought his vision to life and established the Wakiso Dance Kids Foundation.
The foundation’s primary goal is to empower and mobilize vulnerable children with exceptional talents. Their mission is to utilize various art forms to reach out to marginalized communities, transcending social, economic, and political differences. They dream of creating a society where every individual can lead a fair and self-reliant livelihood.
According to Mubiru, The Wakiso Dance Kids Foundation serves as an avenue for these talented children to explore alternative career paths and find a sustainable source of income using their God-given gifts. The foundation provides them with opportunities to showcase their abilities, nurturing their talents with love, care, and guidance.
He reveals that under the foundation’s patronage, the children are flourishing. “Their natural talents, once hidden and overlooked, are now celebrated and recognized. They dance with grace, painted with vibrant colors, act with conviction, and play soccer with passion. Each child finds solace and joy in their chosen art form, blooming like flowers in a garden,” he beams.
He says that the foundation has become a beacon of hope and inspiration in the community, touching the lives of many. The performances and exhibitions organized by the Wakiso Dance Kids Foundation attracts attention from far and wide. People are moved by the children’s resilience, their dedication to their craft, and the stories they share through their art.
“Wakiso Dance Kids Foundation continued to thrive, expanding its reach and impact. Its success is not only measured by the achievements of the children, but also by the smiles on their faces and the newfound confidence they have gained,” he explains.
He says that through the power of dance, drama, soccer, pottery, and more, the Wakiso Dance Kids Foundation paves the way for a brighter future in academics. It has proved that every child, regardless of their background or circumstances, deserves an opportunity to showcase their talents and create a life filled with purpose and fulfillment.
“We have become a symbol of unity, transformation, and the endless possibilities that lie within each individual. It serves as a reminder that when we embrace the unique gifts of others, we can create a world where everyone can thrive and dance to the rhythm of their dreams,” he concludes.