DJOLE African Dance and Drum Company
Djole (jo-lay)
adj. or n.
    1. Much dance
    2. Spirit dance
 
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Djole Dance Company, a West African dance and drumming company, was formed in 1999 through a project conducted by the Medical University of South Carolina, the City of North Charleston and the Union Heights neighborhood, just north of Charleston. Djole was formed as a result of a community dedicated to improving the quality of life in their neighborhood. Djole encourages children to get off the street, move toward a more positive path in life and improve their health status.

All children of the Union Heights community are encouraged to participate. Currently, there are 25 children that are committed to Djole. The group includes dancers and drummers that express themselves through traditional West African dance and music.

Parents, kids, volunteers, and the Gethsemani Circle of Friends, the organization that sponsors Djole, keep Djole alive through grant writing, donations, and fund raising. Djole is working!

Mission Statement of
Gethsemani Circle of Friends

To positively impact children, families, and senior citizens by providing quality programs that enhance education, health, and well-being.





WEST AFRICAN DRUMMING & DANCE MASTER CLASS - JANUARY 14TH
Djole West African Dance & Drum Company, WO'SE Dance Theatre & RBM Dance Company invite you to and extraordinary event featuring international performing artists & teachers
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DJOLE STARTS WEST AFRICAN WOMEN'S DRUMMING CIRCLE
We are starting a women's West African Drumming Circle on November 2, 2010 at Creative Spark in Mount Pleasant.
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DJOLE FEATURED IN POST & COURIER
Ida Taylor, director of Djole Dance Company talks with the Post and Courier about African dance and drumming.
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DJOLE PERFORMED AT UN
Djole Children's West African Dance and Drum Company of Union Heights in North Charleston was invited to come to the United Nations in New York City on December 19 to perform. Learn more about this exciting opportunity.



DJOLE'S GLOBAL OUTREACH
Gethsemani Circle of Friends, Djole's parent organization has partnered with MUSC and Nkabom Artist and Craftspeople Association to build a center for women and children orphaned by AIDS in Okurase, Ghana. The effort is being conducted under the name, Project OKURASE. Read press release.

Read Djole's letters home and view photos from their trip to Africa.



A special thank you to all our supporters for helping us raise the necessary funds to undertake this once-in-a-lifetime experience.


We've raised $180,000!