WOFABE Annual African Dance & Drum Festival
Festival Teachers
Cheryl Barclay

Cheryl Barclay

Yoga

Five years ago I undertook a spiritual and physical detox with the goal of developing a healthier, more powerful relationship with my body by working with an incredible Fitness Coach whose mantra is "Movement is Life". As I explored various kinds of movement in hopes of finding the one I ultimately could not WAIT to do, I gradually began to re-establish a healthier mind-spirit-body connection.

Upon discovering yoga, I reconnected with myself in a deeper, more meaningful way, developing a deep sense of gratitude for my breath as well as the body I now love to live in. Thus, my love affair with yoga began and I remain deeply grateful every day for this incredible gift that keeps on giving.

Wanting to share my passion and transformation as a yoga teacher was a natural progression from there. I completed my first 200 hour Yoga Alliance certification at Yoga & Healing Center in 2011, followed by the Baptiste Journey Into Power 100 Hour Level One Training in 2012. In 2013 I completed another 100 Hour Live Love Teach Teacher's Intensive, as well as my second and third 200 hour YA certifications at Bhakti Barn and YogaStream, respectively. Always a student and ever the happy sponge, I continue to soak up all things yoga wherever I can, regularly immersing myself with amazing and inspiring teachers to continue developing myself as a teacher. In turn, I love to inspire my own students to discover for themselves the gifts of freedom, power and deeper connection yoga offers, in a challenging yet playful, energizing and creative way.

This journey continues to be a powerful vehicle I am clear the Universe has gifted to me for my own spiritual evolution, as it constantly moves me waaay out of my comfort zone to take risks I would never before have taken, and push myself in ways I never would otherwise. So I call it my "Ride or Die" love... I will go and grow wherever yoga takes me, and hopefully continue to pass this powerful inspiration along to everyone I encounter on this amazing journey.

Ronald K. Brown

Ronald K. Brown

Contemporary Dance

Brown founded Evidence, A Dance Company in 1985. He has worked with Mary Anthony Dance Theater, Jennifer Muller/The Works and other choreographers and artists. Brown has set works on Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, Cleo Parker Robinson Ensemble, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Jennifer Muller/The Works, Jeune Ballet d'Afrique Noire, Ko-Thi Dance Company, Philadanco, Muntu Dance Theater of Chicago and Ballet Hispanico.

He has collaborated with such artists as composer/designer Omotayo Wunmi Olaiya, the late writer Craig G. Harris, director Ernie McClintock's Jazz Actors Theater, choreographers Patricia Hoffbauer and Rokiya Kone, and composers Robert Een, Oliver Lake, Bernadette Speech, David Simons, and Don Meissner.

He choreographed Regina Taylor's award-winning play, Crowns, and won an AUDELCO Award for his work on that production. Brown has won a Fred & Adele Astaire Award for Outstanding Choreography in the Tony winning "The Gershwin's Porgy & Bess," adapted by Suzan Lori Parks, arrangement by Diedre Murray & directed by Diane Paulus.

In addition Brown was named Def Dance Jam Workshop Mentor of the Year in 2000 and has received; John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts Choreographers Fellowship, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, United States Artists Fellowship, and The Ailey Apex Award for teaching. Brown is a member of Stage Directors & Choreographers Society.

Cachet Ivey

Cachet Ivey

West African Dance

West African dance and drumming is an ancient form of communication that truly captures the intrinsic beauty of the continent. My journey began at the age of seven when my father took me to The Community Education Center in Philadelphia to take a West African dance class. The live drumming and explosive movement attracted me like a magnet.

It is my opinion that West African dance and drumming is a catalyst that is used to open up the minds of those who practice. The cultures that are attached to the art form live within me, they are a part of my existence. I am forever grateful to my ancestors who have made it possible for me to have access to such a beautiful expression of love and culture.

Training & Experience

My study and practice of West African dance and drumming has been ongoing for the past twenty-six years. There are many masters of various West African dance styles who have played major roles in my development. The following artists have all cultivated my growth in the art form: Gregory "Hodari" Banks and Jeannine Osayande of Ibeji Performing Arts Company; Assane Konte, artistic director Washington, DC-based Kankouran West African Dance Company; Youssouf Koumbassa and Mouminatou Camara, both of whom were principal dancers with The National Ballet of Guinea; and Djenaba Sako who is a leading authority on Malian dance and culture which is the source of all West African artistic expression.

I am currently a member of the "Kulu Mele African Dance and Drum Ensemble," under the artistic direction of Mrs. Dorothy Wilkie, performing and conducting community dance programs in Philadelphia, the tri-state area, and nationally. I am also an adjunct professor of dance at The University of Pennsylvania; artistic director and founder of the newly formed "Emi Ife Performing Arts Collective;" and the instructor of several open community dance classes in various locations in Philadelphia that have been in existence for the past sixteen years.

Performing for Nelson Mandela during his visit to Philadelphia's Bright Hope Baptist Church is definitely one of my greatest accomplishments. Mr. Mandela's never-wavering courage and his desire to serve his people has inspired me to continue in my quest to share the gifts of African culture through artistic cultural expressions with all who have the desire to learn and grow.

Frankie Malloy

Frankie Malloy

Drum Class

"I can see his soul through his hands" one man exclaimed in a post performance conversation. Born in Charleston, South Carolina and raised in New York City Frank Malloy IV; musician, composer, and educator is a human being of an indomitable nature with a Southern soul and New York flavor. The close-knit community and deep traditions of the South and up-tempo; rise and grind lifestyle of the North have influenced Frank's fashion, values, and music.

Frank has been studying music since the age of 5. He attended the Special Music School at Merkin Concert Hall from 1996-2005 where he studied classical piano and Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts from 2005-2009 where he studied orchestral percussion.

In 2005, Frank began his journey as a professional musician. Since then he has traveled to and performed in London; Victoria & Albert museum, Barcelona; Festival de Gracia, Taiwan; guest musician Ju Percussion Group, Angola; Sons do Atlantico, Ghana, West Africa; Panafest, and the Apollo Theater's Annual Kwanzaa Regeneration Night.

Malloy began composing and arranging music when he was appointed the Musical Director of his parents' performing company Harambee Dance Company in 2012. Malloy prides himself on composing music for dance that both captures the choreographers' vision and enhances the audiences' experience. "The percussive score composed by Frank Malloy IV (with some recorded elements), is not an accompaniment to the dance; it's an equal partner." Tresca Weinstein (2014, August 15). Times Union. Frank takes a unique approach to composing music by using rhythms of the African diaspora and infusing them with hip-hop, jazz, and funk. His works have been performed at Brooklyn Academy of Music; Harvey Theater, United Palace Theater, City College of New York; Aaron Davis Hall, New Jersey Performing Arts Center; Victoria Theater, and Central Park; Summerstage.

Frank has used his stage career to catapult into other realms of entertainment. He can be seen in 20th Century Foxlight feature film "Black Nativity" and Golden Globe nominated Starz Network original mini-series "Flesh and Bone."

Malloy is currently serving as the Musical Director of Batoto Yetu, Associate Musical Director of Abdel Salaam's Forces of Nature Dance Theatre, and instructor at the United Palace of Cultural Arts and the Harlem Children's Zone/Forces of Nature Youth Academy of Dance and Wellness.

Building community has always been a part of Frank's personal philosophy and he intends to use his music to connect, empower, and inspire other young artists to create unique works of art while working diligently to bring greater recognition to African music and dance throughout the world.

Parise Ogunleye

Parise Ogunleye

Childrens' African Dance Class

Originally from the Bronx, Parise Ogunleye began dancing in Orlando, FL at the tender age of three. Specializing in West African Dance, she trained with master teachers Attilah Kadijah Manyasa, Suquan Diop, Jai Hinson, M'bemba Bangoura and Malik Sow to name a few. Under the tutelage of Julie Harris- Coleman of Orlando School of Cultural Dance, Parise turned her passion and training in the arts, into a tool to educate children about African culture. Founding Fafanto Arts and Culture Theater in 2002, a children's dance and drum company, Parise was able to partner with County schools and programs.

Parise expanded her outreach to adults as well, becoming the Artistic Director for Orlando School of Cultural Dance in 2008, as well as founding Adeleke Culture Experience in 2011. She has presented her work as a performer, choreographer, costume designer and director in the stage production of Kirikou, The Gift, The Sacred Forest and many more. A wife and mother of three, Parise continues to educate and grow as an artist.

Jeffrey Page

Jeffrey Page

West African

Director, producer, actor, dancer and Emmy-nominated choreographer, Jeffrey Page, has emerged as a creative force to be reckoned with in television, film, video, theater and the concert stage. The embodiment of a Renaissance man, Jeffrey's love, appreciation and respect for the arts encompasses all complex forms of expression. Attending the Broad Ripple High School Performing Arts Program before graduating with honors from the prestigious University of the Arts-Philadelphia with a bachelor's degree in Performance & Theater Arts, Jeffrey has consistently elevated and honed his craft, leading him to achieve world acclaim and notoriety as a foremost expert in African, Jazz and Hip-Hop dance.

Jeffrey Page has trained and worked with some of the most influential people in the world of dance. He has staged concerts and TV appearances for recording artists Beyoncé (World Tour & TV), Will Smith & Jada Pinkett-Smith (opening for BET Awards), R. Kelly (finale for Billboard Awards), Jazmine Sullivan (Year of the Gentleman World Tour), and production numbers for VH1 Hip-Hop Honors Awards, Fashion Rocks, NAACP Image Awards, World Music Awards, MTV Awards and Dove Awards. Off-Broadway, Jeffrey has been Associate Director and Choreographer for Woodie King Jr. (NEC's, Sundown Names and Night-Gone Things), and Michael Bush (TRU Reading Series, The Unbleached American); and in the Regional Theater sector (LORT) he was Choreographer for Gramercy Theatre ofOrlando, Little Shop of Horrors, and Director-Choreographer for The Hole in the Wall (Ebony Repertoire Theater of Los Angles).

Widely recognized for imbuing his craft with the textures of his travels to such exotic locales as Morocco, Dubai and Greece, Jeffrey's innovative, unique approach to conceiving and developing projects with intricate layers of multiculturalism resonates with directors, producers and audiences around the globe because of its artistry, authenticity and precision. From the bright lights of Broadway in the Tony Award winning musical, FELA!, creating the MTV award winning choreography for Beyonce's riveting smash hit, "Run The World (Girls)", to the stage of the Fox hit series, So You Think You Can Dance, where his electric, heart-pounding choreography was praised by judges Debbie Allen, Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy as being "tremendous," "pure," "authentic" and "tough," Jeffrey continues to leave his indelible stamp on the world of American entertainment.

Eto'o Tsana

Eto'o Tsana

Congolese Dance: All Levels

Eto'o Tsana is a dancer, choreographer, instructor, aspiring dance historian, and artistic director of Mabina BanAfrika (a professional performance and touring dance company in N.Y.C). Eto'o Tsana received her Bachelor of Arts in Drama, Theater, and Dance from Queens College, and is pursuing her Masters of Arts in Dance History at New York University. She has been teaching and learning the history and pedagogy of traditional / contemporary Congolese dance with dancer / choreographer Chrysogone Diangouaya (native from Congo, Brazzaville). Ms. Eto'o's dance experience includes; Central African (Traditional & Contemporary Congolese), West African, Afro Caribbean, Latin genre's, Hip Hop, Modern, and Ballet. She is currently teaching Traditional and Contemporary Congolese dance intensive seminars in various universities and schools throughout N.Y.C. Ms. Eto'o also has collaborated with organizations, dance companies, and artists such as; Isaac Katalay and friends, Samba Mapangala and Virunga Management, Diblo Dibala, Nastou Traore, Prince Adefancy, Nzongo Soul, Dj Kadhafi, Kanda Bongo Man/Tabilulu Productions, Faraon, Sheba Sahlemariam, Ngoma za Kongo, Talent Afrique Inc., African Cultural Center Inc, Angela Ludemann, Emmerson Bockarie, Velma Richards, Sirens Protectors of the Rainforest, Nabtry Cultural Dancers, Awilo Longomba, Movement for the Urban Village, Vissi Dance Theater, and is still an active member of the Liberata Dance Theatre where she is honored to share in the retelling of the Papiamentu history and culture.

Since 2009, Ms. Eto'o has organized/collaborated in teaching dance workshops throughout New York City for different organizations and fellow dance colleagues for example; United Communities for the Republic of Congo (the U.C.R.C) an organization created to help the victims of the March 4, 2011 explosion in Mpila Brazzavlle, V-Day (a fundraiser for rape victims of Congo), Move Your Feet to Help Rebuild the Streets (Haiti disaster fundraiser), Saving Our Traditions: New Orleans Project, 5th Annual African American Dance Expo (NYC), Power of Movement fundraiser, Contemptra Congolese Dance spring dance program (John Jay College), The African Cultural Center NYC Dance Without Shoes (with Ngoma za kongo), and Queens College (Dance Intensive Workshops).

Ms. Eto'o's aspirations are to continue choreographing, performing, and teaching the wonderful elements of culture and dance. She also aspires to continue collaborating with the wonderful and talented artists (dancers, singers, actors, musicians, and historians) who challenge, move, and elevate her craft to bring to the dance scene the experiences that defines her diverse training and culture.

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