We were co-teachers of neo-traditional West African dance in an urban elementary school. Avalon, the classroom teacher, trained in the academy. Ms. Jeannine, the cultural expert, learned traditionally and trained in the academy. Recently, we wrote about our partnership in an article that details folk arts pedagogy and co-teaching methods that result in positive school […]
Jeannine Osayande is an anthropologist, choreographer, dancer and cultural expert of Diasporic West African dance and drum traditions. She is founder and director of Dunya Performing Arts Company, specializing in arts integration programming, commissioned choreographic works and ethnographic research on the Historically Black Neighborhood of Swarthmore. Osayande holds a bachelor's degree in anthropology from Temple University, a certificate in traditional and contemporary African dance from the Noyam African Dance Institute/ Ghana Board of Education and a teaching artist certification from Columbia University Teachers College Apprenticeship in the Art of Black Dance and Music. Osayande’s mission is to add value to her environment and community through arts, culture and social change. She is co-chair of the Philadelphia Folklore Project. Visit her website dunyapac.com for more information.