In college the first summer I stayed in Geneseo, my alma matter, I worked at a magical gift store to fund my first ever apartment and classes in both yoga and dance. At the beginning of the Fall semester however I had to work fewer hours and so could only afford to take Yoga OR Dance. It was a pivotal moment- I chose yoga and within my first year met many great teachers who would greatly affect the path of my life.
It wasn’t until 2012 that I began dancing again.
After my first African Dance class my heart was awakenedAfter my first African Dance class my heart was awakened and in 2014 I began traveling to New York City once a month to study with amazing and masterful
teachers. I was able to study with them in this way for almost 2 years. Ironically, shortly after I began traveling to New York City to learn African, Haitian and Samba Dances, I met Kathy Lucas locally and I have been studying with her since. She is a local treasure and I am honored to be a member of her DunDun Dance troupe, Moxie Kumba.
The dances that we learn and perform are primarily from West Africa:
Guinea, Ghana, Cote D’ivoire and Senegal. I would like to thank my teachers M’Bemba Bangoura, Mouminatou Camara, Yousouff Koumbassa, Richard Gonzales, Peniel Guerrier, Danielle Lima, Karamoko Camara, Marie Basse-Wiles, Lamine Thiam, Willy Loketo and Malonga Casquelord for sharing their culture and traditions with us. I feel very lucky to know these teachers and to have the privilege to dance these sacred dances.
I feel very lucky to know these teachers and to have the privilege to dance these sacred dances.
Stay tuned for opportunities to study with these master teachers locally. And also Every September you can completely immerse yourself at Wula Drum and Dance festival: