3 Jul 2020

From Uganda to Auckland - A dance teacher's journey

From Nine To Noon, 10:07 am on 3 July 2020

Dr Alfdaniels Mivule Basibye Mabingo could technically be described as a dance teacher - but his lessons are wider than that. Bucking the family trend of law and engineering, he fell instead into dance studies at university in his home country of Uganda. He'd applied for a scholarship to study law, but was given one for dance instead. The unexpected gift has turned into an educational journey that's taken him from Uganda, to a second masters degree at New York University to a PhD at the University of Auckland. He's just joined Auckland's teaching staff as a lecturer in East African-style dance, and joins Lynn Freeman to talk about how he challenges his students to examine their own backgrounds and rationalisation of the world through dance.