One of the most exciting things I get to do is bring the flavor of my homeland to New Zealand. For 8 weeks starting next week, we will move and groove to the rhythms of Africa to stay warm in cold Dunedin. I cannot wait to dance with you all. See you there.
Wednesday Afrobeats July 15 @ 4pm
Friday Afro-Dizzy-ak (Aphrodesiac)
July 17th @12:10pm
665 Cumberland Street
3rd floor dance studio
Cost: Koha (Donation)
A submission sent into the Voices from the streets movement was sent in and I will be presenting at the performing the world conference in NYC Oct 10th 2014. I was asked to respond to a few questions. How does your art form affect your identity? And who you are becoming, or have become? AND, does your art form have any intersection with issues of social justice. I’ll be there installing myself live in NYC Times Square. More to come.
That is the plan as I surround myself with like minds of the drum and dance loving world.
See you there
West African Drum and Dance Camp
Learn the choreography
Watch the video
Attend the community class led by Uzo
Come to Take Back the Night at the Mercardo San Augustine April 9th Tucson AZ
I am honored to continue my journey in life through dance. Dancing is something that brings stillness to my mind. Dancing helps me grow, heal, and survive.
I was asked to help coordinate the Flash Mob to the Overcomer Song by Mandisa in Tucson AZ. The song is very empowering and I jumped on the opportunity. On jan 8th 2011, 17 people were shot and 6 people died. One of the survivors is former congress woman Gabby Giffords. On Wednesday Jan 8th 2014, we remembered the victims and survivors of this tragic event at El Presidio Park downtown Tucson through the flash mob. There were multiple classes held in the community, hospital, high school and YMCA. People committed to learning the moves and they showed up to dance. I was excited to join a team of wonderful visionaries that made this all happen. It was a success. Check out the video and photos from the event.
On Jan 11th, the Beyond Tucson event asked for more and I taught the community the dance. including the Mayor of Tucson Jonathan Rothchild and his wife.
Check out the video
We also got some press coverage
Photo by Jade Beall
Song and Dance 7pm
Flagstaff Arts & Leadership Academy
3401 N. Fort Valley Rd. Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Dance @ 7pm
Drum @ 5pm
Dance @ 6:30pm
Drum @ 6:30pm
$10 student discount
No drum and dance experience necessary.
Akeem Ayanniyi is the ninth generation of his family to play the traditional Yoruba talking drum. He is from Erin Oshun near the historic art center of Oshogbo in Nigeria. He has been performing since the age of five and has toured much of Africa as well as Germany, Brazil, Sweden and the United States as a performer and teacher.
Uzo Nwankpa is from Enugu in Southeast Nigeria, She is an Igbo woman educating communities on the history of the country, how Igbo style dance “Egwu Igbo” continues to evolve across the continents and the various techniques of Igbo style dance. Uzo emphasizes the importance of healing through music and movement and uses this medium to facilitate her dance classes
Hope to see you all there
Kids Fit Life Fall Program- HAPPY organization
This is the after math of the wonderful experince I had with the HAPPY organization. What a blast. We danced, we laughed, we told stories and moved. I love working with these young people. Their energy was inspiring and I am honored to have had that moment. Enjoy.