Our First Hip Hop Workshop

Since my return to Uganda, the children participating in the Hip Hop Therapy Project have been requesting that teachers from our partner organization, Breakdance Project Uganda! (BPU), come to Gulu again to teach them new dance moves and Hip Hop beats.

Two weeks ago, I used some of the money I received from Fulbright and mtvU to organize a Hip Hop workshop for the kids in the project. I got four teachers from BPU to come to Gulu for 3 three days to teach the kids new dance routines and Hip Hop beats using traditional instruments.

One of the teachers, a 14-year old named Eric, had never been to Gulu but had heard a lot about it from others at BPU and was really excited about going. The other three3 teachers, Phillip, Arafat, and Alex, had been to Gulu before to teach and online casino couldn’t wait to see the kids again.

BPU Teachers: Arafat, Phillip, Eric and Alex
BPU Teachers: Arafat, Phillip, Eric and Alex


The workshop went very well with about 30 children participating everyday. They learned dance routines from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. everyday.

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After class from 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. we held freestyle Hip Hop sessions where the kids gathered in a circle and each one took a turn showing off their moves in the middle of the circle. During this time, other children would provide the music by creating Hip Hop beats with traditional instruments and clapping.

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On the last day, we stopped classes at around 4:30 p.m. and had a small show where everyone got a chance to show the new routines they learned.

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We ended the day by drinking sodas and reflecting on the great time we all had.

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4 thoughts on “Our First Hip Hop Workshop

  1. Wow Melissa! this is great! I can only imagine the impact you are having on these kids and they definitely look like they are having a great time. keep up the good work and i look forward to your progress… great images too, you have definitely captured the moments 🙂

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  2. This is really phenomenal, Mel! The workshop sounds like it was no joke! From the pictures, the kids look like they are really into it and having a great time. And I love that there is a mix of boys and girls.

    I am a firm believer that music can most definitely heal the soul and your work is reinforcing that belief. This is really a wonderful way to promote positive well being. Keep it up and keep us posted on all your great work!

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