Amélie started World Dance with a vision of using her passion for dance for positive social change. Since then the company has turned from an idea into an established organisation and a great team. As well as her entrepreneurial endeavours, including Political Sciences studies in Brussels, Amélie has had a noteworthy career as a Project Manager for international NGO’s, UNFPA and Belgian Cooperation in several African countries.
"Dancing is one of the most powerful liberating forces on earth and we are just beginning to understand what it can bring. Dance therapy is a means of expression and an incredible tool, especially within the dance culture of the Congo. Thus, we specialize in the rehabilitation of street girls, using dance as art therapy to allow the girls to express through the body what their voices no longer can say."
Curtis is trained as a dancer/choreographer and is also a consummate, professional manager. He has had a noteworthy career as a professional dancer, working with some of the world’s top choreographers. He has a passion to create a global community that crosses the boundaries of culture, and be a part of bringing positive change in the lives of others.
"Before, we lived off occasional small dance contracts, and oftentimes we were barely paid, if at all. Today, World Dance has structured our work, and operates as an agency finding employment for us, and also ensuring and enforcing our rights. Now, the dancers are always paid, and have become professionals thanks to our training. With World Dance, some of us have become teachers, and earn a regular income from our passion. It is a great fulfillment to share with young people these life moments."
World Dance has a team of 20 dancers, specializing in a wide range of dance styles,
including multi-talented acrobats, contortionists and fire breathers.
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We believe self-awareness and personal development are at the heart of social change. With a decent training and employment, we are empowered to make changes in all aspects of our lives.
Knowing your responsibility, potential impact and value are important aspects to gaining confidence, skills and experience to give back to your community.
Giving back to our communities by understanding who we are as individuals, and how our purpose within our communities allows us to be positive global citizens.