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...
- The Diary of a Street Child: Case of Jean Damascene Ntawukuriryayo
December 4, 2013
Writing this article was an inspiration from the common question I have been asked by different persons who visited the RDDC dance program a few months ago. Those people were interested to know what the diary of a street child looks like. Many times I responded that I don’t know, but other times I responded that it depends on the kid and his background and the reason why he ended up on the street. Afterwards, I thought it is better to ask RDDC students in order to get a clear response for next time.
Most of the responses I got from kids were similar: “On the street, the main question you ask yourself is how to find something to calm the stomach. Clothes, having a shower, a place to sleep – those things don’t matter a lot. Only food matters, whether you steal or beg for it. Then comes the moments you feel depressed. You take some drugs (glue, illegal alcohol, cigarette, cannabis, etc) to be able to sleep peacefully, regardless of the place and its cleanliness.”
But for one child, Jean Damascene Ntawukuriryayo, the response was different. This child knows what he wants in his life.