Former UW player, spouse bring dancers to Seattle

Seattle, WA — Anthony Kelley, a former UW Husky football player, and his wife, Tonya Kelley, lives have been forever changed by their experiences in visiting South Africa in 2001 and 2002. Their passion to create opportunities for those in their home away from home, South Africa, is reflected in their persistent communication, fundraising and desire to bring the Ipintombi Dancers back to Seattle for a repeat visit.

In the winter of 2002, they returned to Guguletu, a local township in Cape Town, South Africa, to bring a message of hope to the youth.

Townships are viewed as a place of violence, hopelessness and disease; yet the Kelley's found beauty and zeal for survival within the young people.

In 2001, they embraced a group of young girls who called themselves the Ipintombi Dancers, which means, "WHERE ARE THE GIRLS". Through traditional African dance, song and drumming, they share who they are and their roots. Last summer, the Kelley's arranged to bring the girls to Seattle for a 6-week educational and cultural exchange. Everyone who met the girls and experienced their dance performances fell in love with them and wanted them to return this year.

During the fall of 2003 the Ipintombi Dancers experienced heartache and sadness; however, they continued to believe in themselves and their ability to succeed. They decided to take a stand for themselves and their future and began calling themselves the Iintombi Zilapha Performers, which means "THE GIRLS ARE HERE"! They are an example of greatness in the middle of suffering and hardship.

Join the Kelley's in their efforts to bridge the sharp gap of socio-economic differences that plagues South Africa. The Iintombi Zilapha Performers arrived July 5th and will be here until August 5, 2003.

Their performance schedule is being finalized now…
1. July 18, 2003, 7:30pm, IBDAA, Palestinian Children's Folkloric Dance Troupe, and Iintombi Zilapha, Kirkland Performance Center
2. July 19, 2003, 11am, National Youth Sports Program at Seattle University
3. July 24 – 27, 2003, Thursday 7:00pm, Friday 11:00am and 8:00pm, Sunday 4:00pm, A Maafa Experience, The Moore Theatre.

Some performance dates still open; please contact Tonya ASAP. All proceeds benefit the Iintombi Zilapha Performers! Watch for Iintombi Zilapha Performers' events publicized in local papers, radio and TV stations. Top Stories