The Sama Goodness Rhythm Dance Troupe is taking traditional Sri Lankan dance to the international stage at the Festival De Montoire, an international dance festival held across multiple regions in France. The troupe will be in Paris, Lyon, Strasbourg and Orleans, attending the 9 mini-festivals that together make up the Festival de Montoire. They will be representing Sri Lankan traditional dance styles while performing alongside a variety of teams from countries such as Portugal, Russia, Tibet, Borneo and Ecuador.
The Sama Goodness Rhythm Dance Troupe was established as a sustainability income generation venture and off shoot of the Foundation of Goodness traditional dancing classes. The dancing classes were introduced in 2013 as part of the FoG Arts & Multimedia Programme which provides training for youth in the Seenigama region.
Many attending these classes are survivors of the 2004 Tsunami who turned to dance as therapy to overcome their trauma. At the same time they use their talents to progress along a new avenue that was previously unavailable to them, in order to succeed in life and find a way to escape poverty and hardship.