Helen Kisakye (née Burningham) - Uganda

People with disabilities face many challenges in Uganda due to a lack of both understanding and positive role models. Part of the vision of SPLASH Dance Company, which I founded in May 2017, is to bring a refreshing visual message of strength and agility rather than one of inability. At present there are seven dancers attached to the company, both with and without disabilities.

In addition to SPLASH Dance Company, I am also working at CRANE (Children at Risk Action Network). CRANE’s vision is to enable “children to be safe, well and fulfilling their God-given potential”. In Uganda girls struggle to reach higher education levels, so CRANE has developed a programme to address this. One of the challenges that I have been involved in addressing is that of limited creativity in teaching methods. I have designed a “Dance Teachers Handbook” which I am training teachers to use, encouraging them to try new learning processes to engage learners.

Call

To bring lasting change through the power of dance.

Role

To be a dance advocate for minority groups.

More about Helen Kisakye (née Burningham)


I was born in Uganda to missionary parents and lived there for the first six years of my life. This made a lasting impression on me and a gap year in Uganda after college confirmed my calling. At university I studied dance and theology and went on to do an MA in choreography. I studied dance because it has been personally a place for me to connect with others and express issues of importance in an effective way. I have found dance to be a continual way of building bridges where words sometimes break them.

I have been living overseas for six years now and the opportunities to use dance in different sit-uations have confirmed to me that it is a gift God is using for his glory. My life overseas has been an adventure with ups and frustrating dry moments too, but with his leading there is al-ways more than I could ever imagine.

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