Dance & Drum Ensemble
Uaminifu Youth Ensemble
The Swahili word, uaminifu, translated means many words synonymous with TRUST. Confidence, accuracy, credibility, dependability, etc. the list goes on.
Uaminifu Youth Ensemble is an all children's traditional African dance company dedicated to the preservation, education, and presentation of traditional African dance culture.
Our logo is a combination of the resilient red ash tree and nsaa, the Adinkra symbol of excellence, genuineness and authenticity.
The Uaminifu Youth Ensemble Program (UYE), is an intensive training program for male and female youth ages 8-17 in traditional Guinea and South African dance and drum, contemporary dance, hip-hop, tap, creative expression and life skills development. Experienced arts professionals anchored in our community interact, instruct and guide your youth in the areas of performance execution, etiquette, world citizenship and other basic skills. This program is scholarship based and FREE to all selected participants. Students will receive dance training in the styles listed above and perform throughout the city. Selected performances will offer public speaking training, self-esteem reinforcement/development and logged volunteer/community service hours.
Those selected will meet once a week from 10am-1pm beginning this November.
Since KoumanKe’le’ African Dance & Drum Ensemble is geographically located in South Houston (Sunnyside), all classes and rehearsals are held at our community home, S.H.A.P.E. Community Center 3815 Live Oak 77004. No prior dance/drum experience is required, although it is appreciated. Perspective participants are continually being recruited from within Third Ward and its surrounding neighborhoods to better serve underserved youth. There are no program fees; however, parents must participate as chaperones and in other volunteer capacities for their child(ren) to participate.
Our goals are to provide a free year round performance based youth program with a strong cultural arts component to selected participants. By 2015, to provide a comprehensive summer camp experience for youth throughout the city of Houston.
We also will offer your children exposure and basic training in other diaspora dance such as modern, hip hop, tap and Afro-Brazilian
Objective I: To increase confidence in the expression and acceptance of culture fine art in our youth.
Objective II: To increase parent/family involvement, specifically single parent family members, with a minimum of 75% participation in parent meetings and 3 season events.
Objective III: To increase the academic success of the student at their perspective schools by providing access to mentors.
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