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     West Michigan Jewels of Africa (WMJOA) Traditional African Dance and Drum Troop is a family affair based organization located in the greater West Michigan, Grand Rapids area. WMJOA entertains and  educates while bringing black history to life.
     The three generation of members came together to enjoy performing and teaching the authentic  West African culture through motion, song, dance and spirit in 2002.  The Founding members of WMJOA resided and studied this art in Atlanta, Ga with the Uhuru Dancers.  When visiting in Michigan the troop would teach at Seidman Center (currently the Boys and Girls Club). African drum and dance is  a family- oriented, original social entertainment, providing knowledge of history during high energy participatory performances.
     Performances, classes and workshops are presented with traditional African wear. This is a family activity for all ages 0-99 and up. The songs are performed and taught in the native language. The vibrant heartbeat of the drumming helps to create a culture of unity and respect which strengthens communities and family bonds.
    WMJOA is committed to teach Traditional African culture through motion song dance and spirit in our life, as an example. We will to  offer teachings on traditional: dance classes, drum classes, field-trips workshops, costume design, residencies, lecture demonstration, performances and concerts.

                                Jewellynne Richardson/ Artistic director
                               (616) 633-8148

Location:   Community classes
Baxter Community Center
935 Baxter St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Phone:(616) 456-8593
Monday - 10 AM - 11:30 am
Friday- 6 pm - 7:30 pm
5 & Under: FREE
Adults: $10 

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