Dance education for social change

We’re a nonprofit arts education organization providing the children of Kampala, Uganda with training, resources, and opportunities to become leaders and educators in their community.

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Our Mission

Tap Uganda is a new international arts education organization. Our mission is to provide children from low-income populations with resources and opportunities, using dance education as a vehicle.

Tap Uganda is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts service organization. 

What we do

The skills that children gain from dance and movement are incredibly useful for their education and social development. Combined with academic success, Tap Uganda aims to provide skills that will lead to opportunities for employment. Your donation can have a large impact on our students!

How we do it

We work in collaboration with various children’s centers in Kampala and surrounding areas. Many of our students have extensive cultural dance and music training, and the percussive movement of tap dance is innate. We provide free tap classes and performance opportunities, as well as courses in pedagogy and teacher trainings. The various services we provide build confidence and community, and provide resources, opportunities, and education for the children who benefit from the program. Additionally, the children gain a sense of purpose and accomplishment as their work is shared with communities around the globe.

Pairs of tap shoes donated

Children Impacted by Tap Uganda in its first year

Countries our program has visited

Dance Connects Us: Tap Uganda News and Updates

Dear Friends and Supporters, I hope you’re doing well! It’s been awhile since my last check-in, and I’m excited to share some Tap Uganda news! I returned to Uganda for a month in January, and my time was split between teaching the kids at Sosolya and participating for...

August in Uganda Part 1: Changing Lives Through Dance Education

Dear Friends and Supporters, I hope you are well and enjoying the last days of summer! I had a very exciting and fulfilling month in Uganda. There is so much to share that I’ll be releasing details, videos, and pictures from the trip slowly over the next few months....

Intercultural Teaching: Bringing Tap Uganda to Portugal

Dear Friends and Supporters, I leave for Uganda in less than three weeks! A huge thank you to all of you who have donated tap shoes and monetary contributions over the past few months. Thanks to your efforts, we have tap shoes for every child! If you still have shoes...

Courageous Conversations: Personal reflections on my role as a white educator in a non-profit benefitting the children of Uganda

Dear Friends and Supporters, We’re rolling along and getting closer to my August trip! Huge thank you to Reggie Bardach, Nancy Mehlig, Lizzie Whelan, Andrea Vanni, Samantha Zaleski, and Eva Holomek for the tap shoe donations, and to several anonymous donors, as well...

Rise Up: National Endowment for the Arts

Dear Friends and Supporters, I have a lot on my mind. Earlier this week it was announced that the National Endowment for the Arts will be cut under the Trump Administration’s 2018 budget plan. For those who are unfamiliar, the NEA funds a lot of programs that provide...

Teaching Through Technology

Dear Friends and Supporters, We had a great week at Tap Uganda! Huge thanks to Peggy Dibblee, Marti Michael, Rene Shonerd, Ponnu and Tiuley, Kendall Wilson, and Karin Rendelman for the donations in the form of tap shoes and monetary contributions. It takes a village,...

Launch Week!

What a whirlwind of a week! Tap Uganda is up and running, and I couldn't be more thrilled. It began with this video of the kids practicing at Sosolya Center in Kampala. They sent it to me following one of their "weekly tap lessons"...I send them videos every Tuesday,...

“Shim-Sham”, Uganda Style!

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Dance Connects Us: Tap Uganda News and Updates

Dear Friends and Supporters, I hope you’re doing well! It’s been awhile since my last check-in, and I’m excited to share some Tap Uganda news! I returned to Uganda for a month in January, and my time was split between teaching the kids at Sosolya and participating for...

Intercultural Teaching: Bringing Tap Uganda to Portugal

Dear Friends and Supporters, I leave for Uganda in less than three weeks! A huge thank you to all of you who have donated tap shoes and monetary contributions over the past few months. Thanks to your efforts, we have tap shoes for every child! If you still have shoes...

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