dance & choreography

dance & choreography

Jeffrey Page

Jeffrey Page

Jeffrey Page’s talents as a dancer and choreographer have taken him everywhere from Hollywood awards shows to West African villages, and have produced collaborations with the biggest names in modern dance as well as superstars of pop music. He received an Emmy nod for choreographing Will Smith and Jada Pinkett’s opening number at the 2005 BET Awards, won a 2011 MTV Video Music Award for work with Beyonce’ Knowles on her epic mulit-cultural inspired music video “Run the World (Girls),” has served as a resident choreographer on FOX reality TV sensation “So You Think You Can Dance” and a regular cast member in the Tony Award Winning Broadway musical FELA! Jeffrey had his first lessons in traditional African dance at age 10 in his hometown of Indianapolis, and as an adult has taken several dance research trips to West Africa. Jeffrey served as Beyonce's choreographer for Beyoncé during her World Tour - The Beyoncé Experience as well as in support of her 2006 sophomore solo album B’Day. He went on to choreograph Beyoncé’s performances at the MTV Video Music Awards, The World Music Awards and VH-1 Fashion Rocks tribute to Josephine Baker. Since then, many productions and dance companies have called on Jeffrey’s expertise.

Debbie Allen Dance Academy

Debbie Allen Dance Academy

Facility run by Choreographer/Director/Actress Debbie Allen which offers dance, music and other courses for children in the Los Angeles area.

West African Dance

West African Dance

Diamano Coura Dance Company

Diamano Coura Dance Company

Diamano Coura West African Dance Company is a nonprofit cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, education, and appreciation of traditional West African music, dance, theater, and culture. Since its inception in 1975, Diamano Coura, under Director Dr. Zak Diouf and Artistic Director Naomi Washington, has implemented its mission through ongoing workshops, performances, youth programs, touring engagements, lecture demonstrations, community outreach, and creative partnership programs with renowned artists and performing companies. In addition, Diamano Coura strives to portray West African music and dance specifically as forms not simply for entertainment or exhibition, but rather, means by which communities educate, communicate, organize, and preserve their ancestral past. Diamano Coura, in the Senegalese Wolof language, means "those who bring the message."

sabar the movie

sabar the movie

Chike Nwoffiah is a documentary film maker of Nigerian ancestry who became fascinated with the African dance movement back in the late 70’s and intricately-involved and determined in capturing and bringing this somewhat underground movement to life with the feature length documentary, Sabarthe Movie.  Nwoffiah plays the role of the Griot a highly respected oral historian in the Wolof culture as he examines this unfolding and rapidly spreading culture, carrying on the legacy and torch of West African dance  in America through the powerful medium of Hollywood. Sabar the Movieis a powerful drama that details the life of a young African-American woman who seeks connection with her history and past. Convinced by a friend to enroll in an introductory Sabar dance class she quickly excels within a genre that is almost impossible for outsiders to grasp.

titus fotso

titus fotso

Dancer. Choreographer. Singer. Songwriter. It takes only a brief look back at the multi-faceted career of Titus Fotso to see why the rhythm runs so deep in his music. Fotso of the Bamileke tribe in Cameroon has traveled extensively across the African continent, performing with numerous African national ballet companies. Through his travels, research and initiation by tribal elders as well as by his personal experiences as a dancer and choreographer, he managed to develop a language and technique that is common to all African dance. In film he acted in Steven Spielberg’s “Amistad.” Fotso appeared in Janet Jackson’s video “Got Til It’s Gone.” As a dancer he performed at the U.S.A world cup soccer championship and opened for the Rolling Stones Voodooo Lounge tour (Rose Bowl Stadium). He is also a Faculty Member at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy specializing in West and Central African dance.