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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.
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.
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
Jewellynne Richardson/ Artistic director
Location: Community classes
Baxter Community Center
935 Baxter St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Monday - 10 AM - 11:30 am
Friday- 6 pm - 7:30 pm
5 & Under: FREE
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