Ugandan dancers at M-ATraveling halfway around the world, the young dancers and musicians of the Spirit of Uganda return to the Menlo-Atherton High School Performing Arts Center to perform on Sunday, Jan. 29.
Tickets for the nearly two-hour presentation at $30 each are now on sale. The troupe's powerful performance at the center in January 2010 was a sellout. No tickets will be available at the door.
The evening is a fundraiser for Empower African Children, a Texas-based nonprofit that has helped develop educational and other programs to support thousands of Uganda children and their families for more than 15 years, according to the organization's website.
The 22 young dancers and musicians, ages 11 to 18, will share the culture of their East African nation through drumming, choreography and call and response vocals.
They have toured the United States every other year since 1994, performing at the Kennedy Center, the White House, Stanford University, the David Letterman show, and many other venues.
The young performers will also visit Encinal Elementary School in Menlo Park on Monday, Jan. 30, when the school will have a "Cultural Arts Day" to learn about East Africa. The troupe will start the day with an educational and inspiring show, according to Elizabeth Ouren of Menlo Park, a volunteer organizer of the event.
Visit tinyurl.com/Uganda-144 for tickets and more information.