Jill’s UGANDA

(This set of posts comprise an addendum for Time and Place 2015-16, accounting for previous travels and events.) 

I can’t remember when my friend Jill, a most talented choreographer, dancer, and dance teacher—besides being a fine friend with a great sense of humor—first went to Uganda. Many years ago. She was one of the first directors of Buen Viaje Dance, VSA North Fourth’s all-abilities dance company, and, truth-be-told, one of only a handful of interesting New Mexico choreographers.

On a jaunt around the continent, on my way to a dance festival very likely, I stopped in Kampala for a few days visit with Jill. It was one of those perfect visits; I loved the country and the weather and Jill’s little place in the hills. And I got to meet one of the two beautiful little girls she has fallen in love with and in whose upbringing she is greatly involved. I just checked in on her FB page to get an update on what the ‘little’ girls look like now and of course they are gorgeous youngsters and appear very bright-eyed and happy.

Jill’s has been an Associate Professor of Dance at Makerere University in Kampala for some time as well as teaching elsewhere in the area. I remember most fondly the last dance she made here in New Mexico…These Are a Few of My Favorite Things…I loved it.

I am planning a continent-wide trip in the next couple of years to visit my friends around Africa and can’t wait to get to Uganda and see Jill’s daughters and dancers. Hi Jill…see you soon.

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