Mojuba! Black
Dance Fest

OF VISION AND VOICE

"Preserving our Culture, Challenging our Society and Validating our Experience" 

We are excited to announce the first annual Mojuba! Black Dance Fest has been postponed to a later date due to local COVID-19 mandates

The dance festival is designed to bring together dancers of all levels, instructors, choreographers, and professionals to expand or explore the black narrative through the medium of dance.  

This incredible weekend will feature  

  • community dance parties

  • discussions and presentations

  • masterclasses and workshops 

  • community pop up performances events

  • and showcases 

The Mojuba! Black Dance Fest will

  •  offer a platform where the sharing and preservation of unique expressions, stories, experiences, and culture may continue

  • serve as a gathering place and a safe space for artists of color in Cleveland and beyond

  • provide Ohio residents and visitors, namely the underrepresented and underserved, with increased access and opportunity to view and experience art that reflects a culture and identity that is their own

  • use area artists groups, teachers and companies to demonstrate the depth of the talent that is within our own neighborhoods 

Registration

Register Today!

Festival events held at
Rainey Institute

1705 East 55th

Cleveland, Ohio

Full registration*                                      $85 until February 29th, 2020
                                                                                   
*Increases to $100 starting March 1st, 2020

Single Session Rate                                 $15 advance |  $20 at the door

I Heart Dance Pass                                  $45

Youth Class Pack                                     $25

Single Day Pass                                         $60 | Saturday only

Showcase**                                                 $25 advance | $30 at the door
                                                                                    **not included in full registration

Special Events

In addition to dance classes, we will also offer a la carte opportunities for dancers and dance enthusiasts alike.
CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO BUY TICKETS!

Showcase

Witness the final works of our first cohort from the Emerging Black Choreographers Incubator and invited special guests during this evening performance.

CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO BUY TICKETS!

Youth Classes

Sign up youth ages 8-17 for a block of dance classes Saturday morning exclusively for them.

CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO REGISTER YOUR YOUTH!!

2020 Festival Instructors and Presenters

Mfoniso Akpan

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South African Zulu | Saturday 3-4:15p

Mfoniso Akpan has trained extensively in tap, ballet, jazz, modern, African dance and step. While attending the State University of New York at Stony Brook, she majored in biochemistry and cultivated her stepping skills as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Mfon began her training at the Bernice Johnson Cultural Arts Center and has performed at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, the Apollo Theater, the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Lincoln Center. Mfon toured with the off-Broadway show “Hoofin’ 2 Hittin,” where she was a featured stepper and dancer.  She is the current Artistic Director of Step Afrika!

Jakari Sherman

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Step - Body Percussion | Saturday 4:30-5:45p

Jakari Sherman is a passionate choreographer, ethnochoreologist, and performer who experience extends over 20 years. Rooted in the African American tradition of stepping, his work has sought to push the boundaries of percussive dance as a communicative medium by challenging conventional paradigms and exploring the use of technology, storytelling, and diverse musical scores. Serving as the Artistic Director of Step Afrika!, he has brought new life to the folkloric tradition of stepping locally and across the globe. Under his creative guide, the company has won awards for Excellence in an Artistic Discipline, Innovation in the Arts, and Outstanding New Work.

Amina Heckstall

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FEM Healing Dance | Sunday   Dun Dun Dance | Friday 8-9:15p

 Cultural Performing Arts Specialist and Choreographer for Ballet International Africans, as well as Sisters Of The Drum Call, Amina Olushola Heckstall, is a dancer with 39 years of dance training, performance, and choreography experience. In time, it was her studies in traditional African dance took her all over the world, as well as NYC's legendary African dance/ drum centers Fareta's and Djoniba's. Amina is the protege of Youssouf Koumbassa and Mouminatou Camara, her mentors and long time teachers, for whom she has also subbed for in their absence, as well as Master dancer Mamady Sano who co-directed Nankama International with her briefly.

Paloma McGregor

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Fishtrap Method - Story Circles

Paloma McGregor is a Caribbean-born, New York-based choreographer and arts leader. As co-founder and Artistic Director of Angela’s Pulse, McGregor has spent more than a decade centering Black voices through collaborative, “community-specific” performance projects. Working at the forefront of her field, she has been an inaugural recipient of several major awards, including: Dance/USA’s Fellowship to Artists (2019); Urban Bush Women’s Choreographic Center Institute Fellowship (2018); and Surdna Foundation’s Artists Engaging in Social Change (2015, 2017). In 2017, she won a coveted “Bessie” Award for performance as a member of skeleton architecture, an acclaimed collective of Black women(+) improvisers. McGregor began her career with Cleveland Contemporary Dance Theatre and went on to tour for six years with Urban Bush Women and two years with Liz Lerman/Dance Exchange. In addition to her choreographic career, she is founder of Dancing While Black, a platform that centers the voices and visions of Black dance makers.

Balla & NdeyeKhady Sy

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West African

G.O.R.E.E. Drum & Dance (Giving Others, Resources, Education and Empowerment through

Drum and Dance) has been in existence since 2009 under the Musical Direction of Balla Sy and

the Dance Direction of Ndeyekady Sy. It has been recognized as one of Columbus' premier

dance companies. One of their major accomplishments thus far has been being selected to

perform for Dance Africa under the direction of the late Baba Chuck Davis. The members of

G.O.R.E.E. Drum & Dance have very diverse dance, theatre and musical backgrounds. The

dancers have worked and, or studied with Assane Konte, Marie Basse Wiles, Dame Gueye,

Abdou Kounta, Babacar Ndiaye and many other native dancers of Africa.

Gregory King 

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Affirming Black Dance - Contemporary Horton - Negotiating Higher Ed

Gregory King is a culturally responsive educator who received his MFA in Choreographic Practice and Theory from Southern Methodist University and is certified in Elementary Labanotation from the Dance Notation Bureau. His dance training began at the Washington Ballet and continued at American University.  In addition to having served as the creative communication coordinator for the International Association of Blacks in Dance, King has served on the dance review board for the National Endowment for the Arts, was nominated for a Governor’s Award for the Arts in Ohio and was recently appointed to the Board of OhioDance. He is the 2018 recipient of the Outstanding Creative Contribution award from the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Kent State University, and will serve as Provost Faculty Associate for the academic year 2019-2020 where he is a tenure track professor of dance and is the artistic director of the Kent Dance Ensemble.

Aysha Upchurch

Hip Hop - Dance as Activism

Aysha Upchurch is an entrepreneur, artist, educator, and consultant who creates, facilitates, and designs for radical change. She is a seed planter and soil agitator who weaves her passion into her commitment to critical arts pedagogy, youth advocacy, social justice, and transformative education.  Radical change means shaking up the old, expanding the boundaries of what's possible, and centering joy in the process.  Whether on the stage or in the classroom or boardroom, Aysha is quite literally on the move to show what it means to be D.Ø.P.E. - dismantling oppression, pushing education.

Tamara Williams

Afro Brazilian - Ring Shout

Tamara Williams is an Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte (UNCC). She earned her BFA in Dance from Florida State University and received her MFA in Dance from Hollins University in collaboration with Frankfurt University. Her choreography has been performed nationally, and internationally including Serbia, Switzerland, Mexico, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, and in Brazil. In 2011 she created, Moving Spirits, Inc., a contemporary arts organization dedicated to performing, researching, documenting, cultivating and producing arts of the African Diaspora.

 Williams’ article, "Reviving Culture Through Ring Shout", was published in the Dancer-Citizen in 2018. Her research focuses on spiritual dances of the African Diaspora. She is currently investigating Ring Shout dance traditions created by enslaved African Americans in the United States and has a forthcoming book about Silvestre Dance Technique, and forthcoming chapter in Fire Under My Feet regarding Ring Shout traditions.

Kieron Sargeant

Trinidad and Tobago - African/Carribean Contemporary - Soca

Kieron Sargeant is a Trinidadian born choreographer, dancer, researcher, and percussionist. He has a Masters In Fine Arts focused on Dance, Performance and Choreography from Florida State University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a focus on Dance and Cultural Studies from the University of the West Indies.  Kieron’s artistic interests, practice and research focus on dance practices of the African Diaspora, Circum-Caribbean and Western Africa. Kieron delves into the processes of deconstruction and reconstruction of African-Caribbean Dance practices.  Particularly African-Trinidadian dance adaptations which span the fields of concert dance, modern Caribbean dance, contemporary Caribbean dance as well as their social and commercial applications. Kieron is a highly sought-after movement lecturer and instructor. His classes are engaging, highly rhythmical and steeped in traditions and context with a contemporary twist.

Howard Washington

Hip Hop

Howard is a graduate from Lake Erie College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree specializing in choreography and minoring in Entrepreneurial Studies. Within his 12 years of being in the Cleveland area, he has been a special guest teacher/choreographer at Cleveland State University, Hathaway Brown, Padua High School, Brush High School, and Lake Erie College. In 2014, Howard started ELEVĀTED Dance Company for dancers who wanted to pursue hip hop as a career and didn’t feel the hip hop scene was well represented in Cleveland, Ohio. In May 2018, ELEVĀTED opened its dance headquarters located at 6950 Brecksville Road in Independence, Ohio. In November 2019, Howard was the recipient of Crain’s 40 under 40 Award.

LaChanee Hipps

Buck Out

Mrs. LaChanee is a recent graduate of Alabama State University and a former Stingette (an HBCU dance team). She is also a dancer for the NBA Cleveland Cavaliers dance department. Mrs. LaChanee aspires to strengthen, empower, and inspire motivated individuals through the development of their individual talents in dance.

Margie Colon

Bomba

Margie Colon is a Native of Puerto Rico; she was raised in New York and has been dancing, performing and educating for many years. As a young woman, she took pride in educating herself and embracing her culture. She is known in the Latin Community as Pura Salsa and for the last decade, she has been teaching and choreographing in the Northeast Ohio area in the styles of Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Cha Cha and traditional Bomba Plena. She has dance along many of the great Latin Artist like Oscar Deleon and La India. 

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Original Spaces: 

Margie Colon is a Native of Puerto Rico; she was raised in New York and has been dancing, performing and educating for many years. As a young woman, she took pride in educating herself and embracing her culture. She is known in the Latin Community as Pura Salsa and for the last decade, she has been teaching and choreographing in the Northeast Ohio area in the styles of Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Cha Cha and traditional Bomba Plena. She has dance along many of the great Latin Artist like Oscar Deleon and La India. 

Special Events

In addition to dance classes, we will also offer a la carte opportunities for dancers and dance enthusiasts alike.
CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO BUY TICKETS!

Showcase

Witness the final works of our first cohort from the Emerging Black Choreographers Incubator and invited special guests during this evening performance.

CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO BUY TICKETS!

Youth Classes

Sign up youth ages 8-17 for a block of dance classes Saturday morning exclusively for them.

CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO REGISTER YOUR YOUTH!!

Register Today!

Festival events held at
Rainey Institute

1705 East 55th

Cleveland, Ohio

Getting to Cleveland     |           Where to stay

All festival events will be held at: 
The Rainey Institute
1705 East 55th, Cleveland, Ohio


The building is accessible in the rear lot off on
Whittier
off of East 55th street. 
There is parking in the rear lot,
as well as ample free street parking.  

We have reserved a block of rooms at a nearby hotel at a discounted rate. 
 

Hampton Inn Cleveland-Downtown

1460 E. Ninth Street

 Cleveland, Ohio 

Phone Number:1-216-241-6600

Mojuba Dance Fest

Group Code:MDF

Festival Special Events

Dancing Grounds

Thursday

7pm

Drum call ... ancestor call ... Bantaba!!  If these words get you excited, you know you are in the right place.  

 

Help us usher in positive energy and vibes for the festival.  Dance to the rhythms of live drumming, pay homage to your ancestors in a meaningful ceremony, and then dance the night away during a community lead team taught classes and a freestyle dancing ground.  If you don't dance, just watch and catch a vibe!

Youth Classes

Saturday 
10-12pm

Enjoy Hip hop and HBCU style dancing for youth ages 8-17 taught by local industry leaders.  These youth only classes are an awesome opportunity to get your youth moving!

Of Vision and Voice Showcase

Saturday

8pm

Performances by:

Goree Drum and Dance (Columbus)

Aysha Upchurch (Boston)

The NIne Lives Project (Cleveland)

Mponsio Akpan and Jakari Sherman (D.C.)

2019 Emerging Black Choreographers Incubator Cohort
 

and more!

Genealogy Basics

Sunday

10:00 am

Learn tips, tricks, and tools to help you begin or continue your search for your ancestry.  Connect the dots for you and your family.

Breakfast served for attendees.  Not included in registration .  A la carte option to attend.

Praise Dance Worship Service Power Hour

Sunday

9:00 am

Join us as we soak and dance in the presence of the Holy Spirit to live music.

 

Ministers and mimes wear your praise garments as we simply worship in dance together like never before.  

 

Flags, billows, props are all welcome!

 

$10 suggested donation to help defray costs associated with this event

Community Performances

Friday
Saturday

We love our local talent and celebrating the breadth and depth of what Ohio has to offer is important to us.  Catch performances from soloists and groups from the Cleveland area as you wait for your next class, or grab a "Dance Lovers" pass and hang around to see the talent all weekend!

 

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