Street dance for street kids – Catalyst Rwanda

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Smiling Rwandan boys
Former street children at Les Enfants de Dieu

I’m gearing up for our first Catalyst Rwanda project, starting on the 10th November. A team of hip hop educators will deliver breakdancing workshops with 130 boys aged 6–18 at Les Enfants de Dieu, a visionary residential rehabilitation centre for street children in Kigali, Rwanda. Catalyst Rwanda is commissioning UK hip hop dance pioneer Pervez to lead the ten-day teaching residency with the boys, all of whom come from incredibly difficult backgrounds. The boys love hip hop and when I was at the centre in January told me how much they would love to learn breakdancing from professional teachers. We’ll also be running masterclasses for local professional dancers, with Ishyo Arts Centre, and working too with Kwetu Film Institute to make a short film of the project.

If you’d like to follow the project more closely, Catalyst Rwanda has its own blog at If you’d like to help the project grow and develop long-term, you can give securely using the donate button below.

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