Robert Ssempijja – Founder and Chairperson of DREA
Robert Ssempijja is a diverse emerging Ugandan contemporary dance artist and dance researcher who is having a career both through formal and informal dance setting experiences. In his art, he uses a combination of Ugandan traditional dance, breakdance and techniques of contemporary dance to get those interesting creations of art. He is schooled in techniques from Burkina Faso and completed his diploma in dance at Ecolé des Sables in Senegal in 2017. Robert is dedicated to spreading the knowledge he possesses to others and he thinks that art creates understanding between people. Understanding then can lead to a well-needed change.
After his first semester at Ecolé des Sables, Robert came home to Uganda and found that he lacked an arena in East Africa to meet and share skills with other dancers. After discussing their concerns, he began working towards building the organization Dance Revolution East Africa.
Fazil On Yu – Creative Director of DREA
Onyu Fazil Bin Damusanga, also known as Fazil On Yu is a choreographer, performing dance artist, student, researcher and philanthropist from Kampala-Uganda. He believes and uses dance as a movement and a way of life through capacitating himself and his community with awareness, knowledge, skills and experiences. He has been following DREA and been one of the crewmembers behind many events before stepping into the position of the Creative Director in 2019 for the first time.
Astrid Johnsson – Founder of DREA
Astrid is a trained social worker and holds a Bachelor degree in Social work and Social Science from Gothenburg University in Sweden. She has experience of working with different international organizations with the focus on human rights, development, and cultural exchange. She has lived, studied and worked in Uganda and Mexico various times. She has been with Dance Revolution East Africa since the idea was brought up the first time and is currently our own factotum.