DJOLE African Dance and Drum Company
Djole (jo-lay)
adj. or n.
    1. Much dance
    2. Spirit dance
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PERFORMANCES

Djole Dance Company performs each week at the Gethsemani Community Center in Union Heights. Practice is each Monday at 6 p.m.
Anyone is welcome to attend.

Djole set to perform at The United Nations in New York City

Djole Children's West African Dance and Drum Company of Union Heights in North Charleston has been invited to come to the United Nations in New York City on December 19th to perform. Djole will join MIZERO Children, a dance company from Rwanda who is coming to the United States on a Reconciliation Tour. Together, the North Charleston and Rwandan children will bring a message of hope, forgiveness, and reconciliation.

Djole was formed 10 years ago as an activity to get children off the streets and onto a positive path. The children have performed locally, statewide, and internationally. They are required to complete community service and humanitarian work as part of their Djole commitment. After their seminal trip to Ghana in 2006, Djole youth have been involved in helping with care of children who are HIV positive in Ghana, helping with fees to allow Ghanaian street children to attend school, and they are currently working to help build a Centre in Okurase, Ghana that will allow orphans and vulnerable children to attend school, participate in vocational training, have daily meals and medical care, and grow up in a family.

The MIZERO Children is a dance and drumming troupe comprised of orphans and vulnerable children from Rwanda. The children participate in MIZERO as a way of keeping their life on a positive path.

Worlds apart, Djole and MIZERO were formed for similar reasons to help foster positive lives for children who have experienced extreme difficulties within their own context. Independently, the children have taken on the job of promoting unity and reconciliation. Now they have come together and their message will be strengthened.



Past Performances Include:
Piccolo Spoleto
Children's Museum of the Lowcountry
2005 Sullivan's Island Festival
Gullah/Geechee Nation International African Music & Movement Festival
Kid's Resource Fair, The Humanities Foundation