Meet The Dream Catchers, A Kids' Dance Group You May Have Seen On Rihanna's Instagram

"You personally made my day!"

Rihanna recently became the first female artist to pass 2 billion worldwide streams on Apple Music, and she chose the perfect video to celebrate the milestone on social media — a clip of children joyously dancing. As it turns out, the story behind those talented young dancers is an inspiring one.

They're part of a Nigerian dance group called the Dream Catchers, started by 26-year-old Seyi Oluyole in Ikorodu, Lagos, to keep underprivileged children off the streets and attending school by teaching them to dance. Their videos have also been reposted by Naomi Campbell and Diddy.


"It was just another day in our lives. Our Instagram views had reduced so I decided that we were going to post a video every day. So I just told the girls to pose in front of a bus and dance. Later I started getting a lot of notifications," Oluyole told NET of the newfound attention, which led to a 200 percent increase in Instagram followers. "I checked and saw that Naomi Campbell had reposted our video. I had to confirm if it was the real Naomi Campbell. The Rihanna one came as a big shock because I really love Rihanna. I screamed so bad that I started crying. Even P. Diddy, I didn't see it coming."

The kids (who range in age from 6 to 15) posted thank-you messages to the celebrities who shared their videos, including Rihanna, who responded by writing, "I speak on behalf of the entire social media when I say this... you really brought a pure joy to our spirits just by seeing how happy you are when you dance! You personally made my day! Keep up the great work kids!"

Oluyole does more than just teach the children to dance — she also feeds, clothes, and houses them, and pays for their education and health care. She was studying in the United States when she decided to return to Nigeria to start the group in 2014. In addition to choreography, Oluyole is also a writer and director. You can learn more on her website.

"They love to dance so much, but if they aren't keeping up with their school work we won't rehearse," Oluyole told BBC Newsbeat of how dance impacts the children's lives. Their love for dance also keeps them occupied when times are tough. "Sometimes we skip meals when there's no money and I use the dance to distract them," she told NET. "Maybe when there's no lunch, I'll just say guys let's go and rehearse and by the time we know it, it's already dark so I'll be like oh it's too late for you guys to have lunch, so let's just have dinner."

Oluyole told BBC Newsbeat that the kids hope to "change the world through dance," and perform on MTV and BET, and at the Grammys. "Our vision is for every child to have access to a good education as far as a bachelor's and master's degree," she said. "We hope the kids can attain this height of success through their passion: dancing and acting."

The Dream Catchers also hope to bring joy to those who watch their videos. As the caption for one clip reads, "We find happiness in dancing and we want to take you along with us on this journey! If you are having a bad day, we hope to put some light into it!"

You can see more videos from these talented kids on the Dream Catchers Instagram and YouTube channel.

(H/T: Dance Spirit)


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