Rebecca Davis Dance Company (RDDC) uses dance to engage and advance the lives of underserved children in post-conflict and developing countries. Each RDDC program combines dance classes with skill-building or educational workshops (such as IT, health and water sanitation lessons).
Vision: Improving Children’s Lives
RDDC aims to significantly improve the lives of children and youth in its focus countries (Bosnia-Herzegovina, Guinea, Rwanda) by equipping participating youth with a skill or knowledge base that they can leverage in the future. Dance, found at the core of each program, is used to help the children develop confidence, self-esteem and discipline. RDDC trains a few of the most talented and committed students to become dancers or teachers directly involved with RDDC programs, but ultimately, serves the vast majority of students through the educational training associated with each program.
RDDC is a 501(c)3 organization based in the United States. Working closely with international partners and RDDC field staff, the organization has run ongoing youth dance projects in three focus countries : Rwanda, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Guinea. Each program is based on a standardized model created by RDDC and then tailored to the specific needs of the at-risk population being served.
The present international orientation of RDDC is the company’s second growth phase. The company was created in 2005 with a focus on developing original, full-length contemporary ballets based on famous literary works, significant historical events and modern social issues. Read more...
- Life After The Street: Case of Fils Nzabahimana
February 26, 2014
“I am feeling very good because I eat every day and I can use a computer. Now, I don’t worry anymore about the sun.” - Fils Nzabahimana, RDDC Student & Former Rwandan Street Child
Fils Nzabahimana is a very curious young boy. He is always asking many questions about the Internet and life in general (religion, life after death). Last week, Fils didn’t attend RDDC dance class because he was “not in a good mood”. I joined him outside the dance class while he was sitting alone, contemplating the sky. I asked him what he was watching in the sky. “I am amazed by those eagles in the sky, do you see them?” said Fils. I said, “Oh yes, those birds are so amazing.” And here started my conversation with this smart boy…
“I am five years old,” said Fils in response to my question.
Eugene: How did you end up on the street?
Fils: I was tired of getting bitten by my father. I decided to join other kids on the street.
Eugene: How does it feel to live on the street when you are as young as you are?