WOFABE Annual African Dance & Drum Festival
Companies
Asase Yaa African American Dance Theatre

Asase Yaa African American Dance Theatre

Gathering accomplished and inspired young dancers and drummers, Ababio established a respected company of seasoned musicians, dancers and vocalists with training in various disciplines. Their skill and experience allow AYAADT to conceive and present authentic, powerfully beautiful performances conveying the richness of the African Diaspora.

Asase Yaa has traveled to Japan, Korea, Paris, Amsterdam, Iceland, Ghana, Guinea, Angola and other nations. The company has worked with VH1's Hip Hop Honors awards, Stars of New York Dance and the premiere of HBO's Sing your Song documentary on Harry Belafonte at the world-famous Apollo Theater. They've brought the house down at: DanceAfrica at BAM; DanceAfrica Chicago; the International African Arts Festival; the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; the Hazlett Theater in Pittsburgh; Symphony Space in Manhattan; NYU's Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Long Island University's Kumble Theater and other venues.

The company has partnered with Arizona State University on participatory workshops and performances for students and has also worked with Bucknell, Princeton, Howard and Scranton Universities, among many others. In addition to its own appearances, AYAADT has, since 2003, produced concerts such as, "Africa: A Journey in Dance and Djembe in the New Millennium," allowing dance companies based in the New York Tri-State Area and in Washington D.C. to showcase their art on one stage.

Devoted to delighting audiences through exciting and colorful presentations, Asase Yaa African-American Dance Theatre is an advocate of living the culture outside of just the concert or theatrical setting. It seeks to enlighten its audiences by highlighting the traditional concepts shared by all of humanity.

Harambee Dance Company

Harambee Dance Company

The Harambee Dance Company was founded by Sandella and Frank Malloy in 1992 in Charleston, South Carolina and relocated to New York City in 1996. The 25 member company, comprised of exceptionally skilled dancers and musicians, have ignited audiences around the world.

The company is led by artistic director and choreographer, Sandella Malloy. Sandella shares her transformative message and vision with audiences through masterful and high energy choreography that weaves African-based movement, modern dance forms, live percussion, and vibrant costumes (created by Sandella) into captivating performances.

Harambee has performed at a wide range of venues, both nationally and internationally including: United Nations Global Festival; Panafest in Ghana, West Africa; Africussion in Taiwan, with the Ju Percussion Group; Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival; the Lincoln Center; the Kennedy Center; Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning; Hudson River Festival; Harlem Week; The Family Arts Festival; Toronto's Caribana Festival and many others.

Newark Dance Ensemble

Newark Dance Ensemble

The Newark Dance Ensemble is comprised of students in grades 1-8 who participate in the dance programs at their local schools. Three dance educators in the Newark Public School system, Nikkia T. Neal, Susan Pope, and Janelle Smith-Reed, came together and selected their most skilled and willing students to afford them performance opportunities that will help mold and shape them into professional artists. To date these students have performed for the Wofabe: African Dance and Drum Festival and the Newark Public School's Dance Festival. Our vision is to continue to grow and provide even more performance opportunities around the country for these hopeful artists, inspiring them to pursue professional dance careers.

Oyu Oro Afro Cuban Experimental Dance Ensemble

Oyu Oro Afro Cuban Experimental Dance Ensemble

Oyu Oro is the brainchild of Danys "La Mora" Perez - international Afro-Cuban folklore performer, choreographer, teacher and dance ethnologist from Santiago de Cuba. The company is committed to the preservation of Afro-Cuban folklore as well as to encourage the cross-cultural understanding of the dance and music forms derived from African culture. While Oyu Oro's traditional repertoire pays tribute to African lineages derived from the Yoruba, Congo, Carabali, Arará and Dahomean cultures of West Africa and Haiti, the popular dance choreographies alsocelebrate the national popular Cuban heritage.

In February 2007, Oyu Oro presented the world premiere of "Palenque," an epic poem in Afro-Cuban folklore and the company's first evening length work, at La Mama Annex Stage. La Mora assembled a gathering of seasoned Afro-Cuban artists in America, including 20-plus New York-based dancers, vocalists and musicians. This unprecedented two-week event was greeted with rave reviews and sold-out audiences.

Since then, Oyu Oro has premiered number of presentations, which include "El Iyawo" in June 2014, the sold out production of "Patakin: El Reino de Los Orishas" in June 2013, "Fiesta Cubana" at Target Passport Fridays at Queens Museum of Art in July 2012, "Destellos Africanos Cubanos" at Dance Africa at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House in May 2012, "Patakin: Chango" at The Ailey Citigroup Theater in November 2011, "Rezo a Babaluaye" at Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture in December 2011, Jacob's Pillow Inside/Out stage in July 2013 and 2011, "El Poder de Mi Folklore" during the WOFABE African Dance and Drum Festival at NJ Symphony Hall in November 2010, "Fusion Afro Caribe"during the World City Series at Music Center of Los Angeles in October 2010, "Fusion Caribena" during the Houston International Festival in April 2010, "Tributo" during Heritage Sunday at the Lincoln Center Out of Doors in August 2009, "Ceremonial de la Danza" during the Chase Latino Cultural Festival at Queens Theatre in July 2009, "Maferefun" at Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis High School in November 2008, "Raices y Estampas Cubanas" at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center in Queens in October 2008 and "Cubaila" during the Fourth Annual CubaCaribe Dance and Music Festival in San Francisco in April 2008.

Since 2009, Oyu Oro has been one of the key members of the artist rosters represented by the Center for Traditional Music and Dance.

Oyu Oro aspires to create a work that will serve as an informational tool for the researchers in the academic field as well as a source of enjoyment for audiences of all ages and multicultural backgrounds who seek a greater development of "art among people."

Umoja Dance Company

Umoja Dance Company

Umoja Dance Company was established in 1993 by Karen L. Love as a vehicle to educate, preserve and present dance as a communal and spiritual expression of life. Umoja creates a nurturing environment that encourages cross-cultural exchange and celebrates the versatility of the human spirit. Innovative and dynamic are the essence of Umoja, the Kiswahili word for "Unity." The company continues to adapt aspects of African and Carribbean culture that are paramount to the work. Umoja's fusion of modern and West African dance reflects the evolution of movement and spirit becoming one.

Umoja encourages innovative approaches to movement and promotes collaboration between all artists and cultures. In an effort to expand the boundaries of dance Karen Love opened Umoja Dance Studio in Vaux Hall, NJ. The studio and company offer concerts, classes, residencies, interactive programs with audience participation, master classes, lecture demonstrations and outdoor performances. Our extensive education outreach program elicits open dialogue between children, artists and audiences to celebrate the differences of our diverse backgrounds.

Past performances include International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference held at Duke University, Montclair State University, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Festival, NJPAC Kwanzaa Celebration, Channel 4 NBC Today, Aaron Davis Hall as part of the New Vision/New Voices Choreography Showcase for People of Color, curated by Gus, Solomon's, Jr, The Westfield Symphony Orchestra, the NJ Chamber Music Society, Dance Theater Workshop FRESHTRACKS, Symphony Space Dance Sampler, Centenary College, Mulberry Street Theatre, St. Mark's Danspace: Food For Thought, Joyce Soho, SUNY Purchase, Newark Symphony Hall, Essex County College's Mary Burch Theatre, Luna Stage Company, Rutgers University, Union County College, Montclair High School, The Baird Community Center, The 100 Black Men New Year's Eve Celebration, The Montclair Arts Awards Ceremony, Montclair State University's African-American Family Festival, Maplewood Cultural Festival, and the Montclair African-American Heritage Day Parade. www.umojadancestudio.org

Usaama Dance Company

Usaama Dance Company

Usaama Dance Company is a pre-professional youth dance company founded in 1995 by Karen L. Love. The company strives to give today's youth a sense of PRIDE, CULTURE, and KNOWLEDGE through dance. Usaama is dedicated to the preservation of African dance and the exploration of modern dance. The children are exposed to professional artists and performing venues so they can learn the discipline required of all artists. All students must maintain a "B" average in school in order to remain in the company. Usaama has performed at numerous locations throughout the NY/NJ area including sold-out performances at NJPAC. Past performances include Montclair State University, Rutgers University, Newark Symphony Hall, Brookdale College, The Purnell School, Montclair's African-American Heritage Parade, The Grand Chalet, Capezio, Fairleigh Dickerson University, Essex County College, Colombia University, Riker Hill Art Park, St. Mark's United Methodist Church, Ocean Avenue Baptist Church, Grace Church Van Vorst, Babyland Day Care, Quest Youth Services, Teaneck Presbyterian Church, Second Baptist Church, Montclair High School, Hillside High School, Miller Street Academy, Arts High School, Watchung School, Hazel Ave School, New Light Baptist Church, Vaux Hall Public Library, Montclair Public Library, Maplewood Cultural Festival.

Wofabe Dance and Drum Festival
Wofabe Dance and Drum Festival
Wofabe Dance and Drum Festival
Wofabe Dance and Drum Festival
Wofabe Dance and Drum Festival