Dance4Life Debuts in the US Joined by MTV's America's Best Dance Crew Boogie Bots and Hosted by HBO's Def Jam Poet Steve Connell

Be part of history and future: Dance4Life USA will be expanding nationally in the next several years. Be a part of Dance4Life's US inaugural event in Washington DC, one that will set the precedent for years to come.

Washington, DC, November 21, 2008 --( Washington D.C. has been named the city to be the first in North America to launch an international program that empowers youth to become more actively involved in stopping the spread of HIV and AIDS. Applying an unconventional and creative method to their program, Dance4Life educates youth through dance, music, media, events and creating a positive mindset within each individual that participates.

Millennium Development Goals
By 2014, the year before the Millennium Development Goals must be realized, Dance4Life aims to have actively involved one million young people, also known as Agents of Change, to push back the spread of HIV and AIDS (MDG 6).

Nineteen Countries
Every two years, Dance4Life has an event that unites all young people across the globe to exercise and express the knowledge and growth they have achieved from the program. Originating in the Netherlands, the initiative is now active in nineteen countries: Germany, Ireland, Kenya, Mexico, Moldova, Netherlands, Russia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Spain, Tanzania, Turkey, Uganda, UK, USA, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Participants and Supporters
This event is for participants of the Dance4Life schools program only, with an expected attendance of over 500 young people. Hosted by Steve Connell, from HBO’s Def Poetry, the event will take place on November 29, 2008 from 10am to 2pm at the 9:30 Club located at 815 V St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001. Other confirmed performances and appearances include the Boogie Bots from MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew, WNBA players Crystal Langhorne and Jessica Moore, Emmy Award winning AIDS activist Marvelyn Brown, musical DJ’s George Acosta, Kaskade, and Kylexi, recording artists Mambo Sauce and Nick Hakim, as well as local dance company Life, Rhythm, Move Project. Other national organizations that are active partners with Dance4Life USA are Metro TeenAIDS (MTA) and Red Zebra.

Dance4Life’s mission is to reach one million Agents of Change by 2014. An Agent of Change is a young person who has participated in Dance4Life and is actively involved in halting the spread of HIV and AIDS.

Watch the live connection on the internet
Dance4Life invites the world to support the youth by watching them on the 29th of November at 4 P.M. GMT, when their events are connected live by satellite. Anyone can copy the link for the live stream on

About Dance4Life
Dance4Life is an international initiative set up to involve and empower young people to stop the spread of HIV and AIDS. By uniting all across the world and demanding change, they are making a difference. Dance4Life USA is a program of Student Partnerships Worldwide (SPW) based in Washington, D.C. SPW ( is an international, youth-led development agency that trains peer educators to work in rural communities in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Dance4Life USA held their pilot program in Washington, DC this October, reaching more than 500 students in ten DC public schools. For more information visit their website

“Dance is freedom, dance is exhilaration, dance is life. Young people deserve care, protection, condoms. Please don’t let them dance alone”. Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Dee Sampson