Lamine Thiam is a world-renowned dancer, choreographer, drummer and actor, and specializes in West African Dance from his native Senegal and neighboring countries, including rhythms such as Sabar, Djembe and Bougarrabou. He has graced the stage at venues worldwide including Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, The United Nations and Lincoln Center (NY), as well as theaters in Japan, Germany, London, Mexico and the Caribbean.
Lamine is happy to be back in New York, bringing love to his Sabar students!
Stevie Insua is an electrifying performer and an engaging, patient, and effective teacher for students of all levels, from beginner to advanced. He is skilled in rumba, Afro-Cuban folkloric dance, and popular dances of Cuba and Latin America such as mambo and son. He has an extensive knowledge of Afro-Cuban percussion and song. Stevie graduated from Escuela Nacional de Arte, Cuba’s most prestigious performing arts conservatory, and he performed with Conjunto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba throughout Cuba and internationally. Stevie lived and taught in Italy for 10 years before relocating to New York. His father was the legendary rumbero and Afro-Cuban dancer Felix Pupy Insua.
Johari Mayfield is a dancer, choreographer, activist, healer, anatomy geek, and ACE certified personal trainer living in New York City. Johari utilizes her dance background along with cardiovascular exercises, strength training and yoga with her clients to hone the synergies of mind/body, strength and flexibility. Johari’s community outreach initiatives have included children’s workshops on fitness and healthy eating at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, and movement and fitness with Girls Education and Mentoring Service (GEMS), an organization committed to empowering survivors of sexual exploitation and Reveal NYC, a nonprofit organization that encourages female survivors of domestic violence in self-care. She teaches a cardio dance class at the Rose M. Singer Center at Riker’s Island for female inmates and team builds through dance in her “Hip Hop Lit Squad” for teens at the Athleta Flatiron location in NYC.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Danielle started dancing at the age of seven at the Dance School Centro de Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. There she studied ballet, jazz, tap, modern, national, and international folkloric dance. She also performed with G.R.E.S. Beija-Flor, the largest samba school in Rio, for several years. She’s performed contemporary pieces in the Opera O Guarani with The Rio Dance Company and has been lead dancer Rodry Baiano Dance Group. Danielle has also worked with Ringling Choreographer Tony Stevens.In New York City, she has taught ethnic dance workshops and joined Djoniba Dance & Drum Centre as a teacher of Brazilian Samba. In 2005, she founded the Brasileirando Dance Group, a company that focuses on disseminating Brazilian folkloric and contemporary dances.
Yaminah Legohn, a passionate and dedicated choreographer, professional dancer, and performer of West African, Dancehall/Reggae, Hip Hop, Jazz and Modern dance styles. She lives in New York City and holds a degree from San Francisco State University in Speech Communications and Dance, with an emphasis in choreography. Before moving to New York, Legohn worked in Los Angeles as a choreographer and professional dancer with artists such as Shakira, N.E.R.D, Tony Toni Tone, Lil Wayne, and B.o.B. along with appearances on TV shows. Legohn has shown work in the Black Choreography Festival in the Bay Area, American College Dance Festival, SoulNation Festival in Indonesia, Choreographer’s Ball “Carnival” in Hollywood and New York, World of Dance, San Francisco International Hip Hop Festival, and RAW Artists in Los Angeles and New York. Simply put, she lives to spread her love and passion for the arts.
Julio Jean is a renowned master Haitian dance teacher and choreographer with 20 years of experience, and blends traditional Haitian forms with modern and contemporary dance to create compelling movement narratives.
Julio studied with Lavinia Williams, a company member of Katherine Dunham, at the National School of Arts in Haiti. In 1989, he moved to New York City, and worked directly with Katherine Dunham teaching traditional Haitian dance for her teacher trainings. He has been a guest teacher at Webster University in Saint Louis and Humboldt University, and has taught workshops in San Francisco, Milwaukee, and at the Dance New England Dance Camp in Poland, Maine. Among other venues, Julio’s performances have been seen at Alvin Ailey for National Dance week and at SummerStage in 2010. Julio is also a songwriter and composer and released the album, “Kenbe la,” which encompasses the panorama of traditional Haitian music.
Danys “La Mora” Pérez
Danys “La Mora” Pérez is a master of Afro-Cuban folkloric dance from Santiago de Cuba, and has special expertise in the unique styles of her native region of Oriente province. La Mora was a member of Cuba’s national folkloric ballet company, Cutumba, for 18 years, and was granted the designation of primera bailarina and primera profesora by the National Dance Commission of Cuba. She is the founder and artistic director of Oyu Oro Afro-Cuban Experimental Dance Ensemble in New York City.
Eto’o Tsana is a New York City Harlem native Afro-Puerto Rican choreographer, dancer, singer, and dance educator. Eto’o Tsana has traveled extensively throughout the United States, the Caribbean, Canada, France, the Republic of Congo, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, collaborating, teaching, and performing professionally with renowned Kongolese artists. Eto’o Tsana & Mabina Danseuses Dance Company founded in 2011 by Artistic Director Eto’o Tsana focuses on the principles of Cultural Performance, Humanitarianism, and Anthropology from a Kongolese dance and cultural perspective. Eto’o Tsana & Mabina Danseuses Dance Company is a direct reflection of Ms. Tsana’s deep rooted studies, travel experiences, diverse dance training, and her multicultural origins that aim to challenge the complexities of ‘Our Being’ as displaced children of the Motherland. It is through individual and collective histories, self- explorations, intellectual and cultural exchanges that makes Eto’o Tsana the International Ambassadrice of traditional and urban Kongolese Dance.
NY Chicago Style Steppers
Formed in 2007, they are the original creators of the Steppers Set in New York & New Jersey. The group has taught, workshopped, demonstrated, and expanded Chicago Style Steppin’ throughout the 5 boroughs as well as New Jersey, and they love what they do. They have collaborated with various community organizations, businesses, and dance associations, and appeared as special guests on local media outlets and at cultural events along the East Coast. They are excited about teaching new students and engaging more communities. For more information about them, go to: www.chicagostylesteppersnyc.com
Brooklyn born with island roots from St.Vincent & the Grenadines, Azriel Wallace fell in love with the arts at an early age. Her talents range from dancing to singing to writing to choreographing. Hailing from John Dewey High School’s Dance Ensemble, Azriel studied under the late Eleo Pomare. She has worked with artists such as Shaggy, Bruck Up, Jencarlos Canela and was also a featured dancer/model for G-Shock and BET’s Rip The Runway. She experienced the joy of performing with the Queen of Soca music, Alison Hinds. Azriel has even opened up for Machel Montano and choreographed/danced for Kerwin Du Bois. As a teaching artist certified in group fitness, Azriel has dedicated the last 6 years to spreading Soca dance culture to the masses. She is currently the artistic director of a dance company titled The Bacchanalists and will continue pushing the genre forward.
Careitha Davis is a Brooklyn native representing the twin islands of Trinidad and Tobago. She has trained and worked with numerous choreographers and dance educators in New York while also keeping in touch with her cultural roots under the guidance of Shakira Marshall. Recently, Careitha received her MA degree in dance education for grades K-12. She currently teaches at Success Charter Academy, Creative Outlet Dance Theatre of Brooklyn and now Cumbe!
Nadege “Nado” Jackson is from the Ivory Coast, grew up in France and has been an African dancer for more than 15 years. Her love of African music and dance inspired her to learn modern, Jazz, Hip Hop, Salsa, Samba, Soukouss, N’dombolo, Zouglou and traditional dances from the Ivory Coast like Gbegbe, Té Maté, Kaoka, and Zaouli. She was the lead dancer of the Afro-Caribbean dance group NASSUCO and has performed various dance styles at many music festivals and stadiums. She has choreographed and danced for various popular African and Caribbean musicians including Awilo Logomba, Sekouba Bambino, Barbara Kanam, Sakis and Orlus Mabele. She has also performed and toured in over 14 countries as well.
Marnita is a dancer with more than 10 years under her belt and a teaching history that includes instruction in Zumba and other dance fitness classes at Gold’s Gym, YMCA, LA Fitness and Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance. She now lives in New York City and is excited to bring her LA-based, sweat inducing and off-the-chain dance format to the city.
Courtney is a lover of the African Diaspora. Expressing her African Roots through art, especially dance is part of her fabric. She began training at the age of 4 in various styles of classical dance including Tap, Ballet, Jazz and in her later years expanded to the styles of Step, Hip Hop and Reggae. After college, Courtney fully focused on her health, aiming for major fitness goals by becoming a vegan and increasing her exercise regime to dance away excess weight and stress. Her fitness journey allowed her to lose a total of 70 pounds. Trained by the founder of this vibrational dance fitness style and since becoming a certified KUKUWA® instructor, Courtney aims to motivate others to find the enjoyment, empowerment and lifelong benefits of fitness and wellness through dance.
As a priest of Yemaya in the Santeria religion, Tony Domenech is frequently called upon to dance for Yemaya. Tony began singing, dancing, and acting in school performances at an early age and was involved with various off-Broadway theater companies such as TADA and AMAS, which brought him to start freelancing as a dancer and singer for community and social events. He studied Afro-Cuban folkloric dance with Xiomara Rodriguez, Rita Macias and the late great Pupy Insua. One of Tony’s notable performances was dancing onstage as Shango with the great Latin Jazz artist, Bobby Sanabria. Tony is also co-director of SalsAshé, which combines Afro Cuban dance and salsa who has presented work at the NJ and NY Salsa Congresses for the last 9 years.
Sanchel Brown is a dancer, choreographer and actress within NYC and Philadelphia. She has obtained her BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and extensively studied movement of the African Diaspora in Senegalat L’Ecole De Sable. She has also studied commercial Hip Hop performance under the direction of Rhapsody James and Nicco Annan. Sanchel is a freelance artist with an array of performance experience including Urban Bush Women (Apprentice 2014), “Black Nativity” (Theatre Horizon 2015, New Freedom Theatre 2016), “JAMAICA The Musical (New Freedom Theatre 2016),”Chuck Davis Fellowship” (BAM 2017) and “Ode To Black Wombman” (National Tour 2017). She has recently completed the 2018 Jazz Residency at The Kimmel Center as a soloist and is currently a part of the cast of the touring work “Let ‘Im Move You” with choreographer Jumatatu Poe. She is a 2014 Barrymore Award nominee for Best Lead Actress in a Musical and winner for Best Ensemble for her outstanding performance as “Mary” in Theater Horizon’s production of “Black Nativity” Sanchel’s versatile and creative vision has expanded her artistic voice as choreographer in Yale Dramat’s “Dreamgirls” (2017), New Freedom Theater’s “Black Nativity” ( 2016), and her self produced work “Ode To Black Wombman” (2017). “Bmore Afro” has been taught in many schools, universities, and studios including Princeton University, Mark Morris Dance Center, Yale University, University of the Arts, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, Dancing Grounds, New Freedom Theater ,and University City Arts League.