Black Dance - USA:

 A Celebration in Movement

Heather Beal received her B.A. in dance from Columbia College Chicago and her MFA in Dance from Washington University in St. Louis. She is a certified Dunham Technique Instructor and was a principal dancer with the Katherine Dunham Museum Children’s Workshop Performance Company from the age of six into young adulthood. She performed with the company around the United States and France. She has also performed in many productions at The Black Rep and several productions at the St. Louis MUNY. She has choreographed The Me Nobody Knows, Rivers of Women, Le Freak C’est Chic, Purlie, and DreamGirls. She is currently the Artist in Residence at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, Indiana in the Theatre department. Amansu Eason Amansu Eason began performing at age 4 with the Morning Bishop Theatre Playhouse. At age 10, he began studying ballet, jazz, tap, and modern at the Emerson School for the Visual and Performing Arts in his hometown of Gary, Indiana. During the same time he also began extensive training in West African folklore and dance with the Alyo Children’s Dance Company in Chicago, Illinois. Over the next six years, he began to develop his own style, fusing the disciplines he learned throughout his training giving power to his artistic and creative voice. In 2003, as a dance minor at Bowling Green State University and a major of Africana Studies, he was introduced to the Katherine Dunham Technique. Though his father was a professor at BGSU, he accredits the Dunham Technique for giving him an academic voice and confidence to be a scholar. Throughout his career, he has performed with Ben Harper, opened for artists such as Omarion, Marcus Houston, Mary, Mary, Arrested Development, and presented a solo for the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. He has performed on stages and in spaces all over the U.S. and the Caribbean, as well as in Canada, Mexico, Isreal, and Brazil and has taught dance throughout Northwest Indiana, Ohio and the Chicago area for the past 13 years. Amansu is currently the Assistant to the Director of Muntu Dance Theater of Chicago, and Associate Director of Dancexcel Champion Center for the arts in Gary, IN.. He also serves as Co- Chair of the Planning Committee, a member of the Technique Committee, and Certified Instructor for the Institute for Dunham Technique Certification. . Amansu is a two time recipient of the Black Excellence Award for Outstanding Achievements in Dance granted by the African American Arts Alliance of Chicago. . Malena Amusa On a mission to ignite hearts, minds and dreams, Malena Amusa has performed in 45 U.S. states, on 3 continents, and for hundreds of thousands of people. Through her self-designed career, Amusa teaches African dance non-stop, reaching over 3,000 people in her hometown St. Louis and globally. Since launching Addlife! African Dance in 2009, Amusa had produced original, blow-out concerts and MEGA conferences that change lives. She credits her artistry to God, her fiery Nigerian roots, and master teachers DeBorah Ahmed, Moustapha Bangoura, Sandella Malloy, and Diadie Bathily. Amusa boldly infuses culture and inspiring messages in her dance craft, using her training as a journalist to weave historical facts with an innovative vision for the future. The African dance star has been privileged to be a principal dancer for Harambee Dance Co. in NYC, Afriky Lolo in St. Louis, and Cirque Zuma Zuma in Las Vegas. Amusa now resides in St. Louis, where she is working on her first book - a thrilling dance memoir.

 

Heather Beal received her B.A. in dance from Columbia College Chicago and her MFA in Dance from Washington University in St. Louis. She is a certified Dunham Technique Instructor and was a principal dancer with the Katherine Dunham Museum Children’s Workshop Performance Company from the age of six into young adulthood. She performed with the company around the United States and France. She has also performed in many productions at The Black Rep and several productions at the St. Louis MUNY. She has choreographed The Me Nobody Knows, Rivers of Women, Le Freak C’est Chic, Purlie, and DreamGirls. She is currently the Artist in Residence at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, Indiana in the Theatre department. Amansu Eason Amansu Eason began performing at age 4 with the Morning Bishop Theatre Playhouse. At age 10, he began studying ballet, jazz, tap, and modern at the Emerson School for the Visual and Performing Arts in his hometown of Gary, Indiana. During the same time he also began extensive training in West African folklore and dance with the Alyo Children’s Dance Company in Chicago, Illinois. Over the next six years, he began to develop his own style, fusing the disciplines he learned throughout his training giving power to his artistic and creative voice. In 2003, as a dance minor at Bowling Green State University and a major of Africana Studies, he was introduced to the Katherine Dunham Technique. Though his father was a professor at BGSU, he accredits the Dunham Technique for giving him an academic voice and confidence to be a scholar. Throughout his career, he has performed with Ben Harper, opened for artists such as Omarion, Marcus Houston, Mary, Mary, Arrested Development, and presented a solo for the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. He has performed on stages and in spaces all over the U.S. and the Caribbean, as well as in Canada, Mexico, Isreal, and Brazil and has taught dance throughout Northwest Indiana, Ohio and the Chicago area for the past 13 years. Amansu is currently the Assistant to the Director of Muntu Dance Theater of Chicago, and Associate Director of Dancexcel Champion Center for the arts in Gary, IN.. He also serves as Co- Chair of the Planning Committee, a member of the Technique Committee, and Certified Instructor for the Institute for Dunham Technique Certification. . Amansu is a two time recipient of the Black Excellence Award for Outstanding Achievements in Dance granted by the African American Arts Alliance of Chicago. . Malena Amusa On a mission to ignite hearts, minds and dreams, Malena Amusa has performed in 45 U.S. states, on 3 continents, and for hundreds of thousands of people. Through her self-designed career, Amusa teaches African dance non-stop, reaching over 3,000 people in her hometown St. Louis and globally. Since launching Addlife! African Dance in 2009, Amusa had produced original, blow-out concerts and MEGA conferences that change lives. She credits her artistry to God, her fiery Nigerian roots, and master teachers DeBorah Ahmed, Moustapha Bangoura, Sandella Malloy, and Diadie Bathily. Amusa boldly infuses culture and inspiring messages in her dance craft, using her training as a journalist to weave historical facts with an innovative vision for the future. The African dance star has been privileged to be a principal dancer for Harambee Dance Co. in NYC, Afriky Lolo in St. Louis, and Cirque Zuma Zuma in Las Vegas. Amusa now resides in St. Louis, where she is working on her first book - a thrilling dance memoir.
Heather Beal received her B.A. in dance from Columbia College Chicago and her MFA in Dance from Washington University in St. Louis. She is a certified Dunham Technique Instructor and was a principal dancer with the Katherine Dunham Museum Children’s Workshop Performance Company from the age of six into young adulthood. She performed with the company around the United States and France. She has also performed in many productions at The Black Rep and several productions at the St. Louis MUNY. She has choreographed The Me Nobody Knows, Rivers of Women, Le Freak C’est Chic, Purlie, and DreamGirls. She is currently the Artist in Residence at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, Indiana in the Theatre department. Amansu Eason Amansu Eason began performing at age 4 with the Morning Bishop Theatre Playhouse. At age 10, he began studying ballet, jazz, tap, and modern at the Emerson School for the Visual and Performing Arts in his hometown of Gary, Indiana. During the same time he also began extensive training in West African folklore and dance with the Alyo Children’s Dance Company in Chicago, Illinois. Over the next six years, he began to develop his own style, fusing the disciplines he learned throughout his training giving power to his artistic and creative voice. In 2003, as a dance minor at Bowling Green State University and a major of Africana Studies, he was introduced to the Katherine Dunham Technique. Though his father was a professor at BGSU, he accredits the Dunham Technique for giving him an academic voice and confidence to be a scholar. Throughout his career, he has performed with Ben Harper, opened for artists such as Omarion, Marcus Houston, Mary, Mary, Arrested Development, and presented a solo for the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. He has performed on stages and in spaces all over the U.S. and the Caribbean, as well as in Canada, Mexico, Isreal, and Brazil and has taught dance throughout Northwest Indiana, Ohio and the Chicago area for the past 13 years. Amansu is currently the Assistant to the Director of Muntu Dance Theater of Chicago, and Associate Director of Dancexcel Champion Center for the arts in Gary, IN.. He also serves as Co- Chair of the Planning Committee, a member of the Technique Committee, and Certified Instructor for the Institute for Dunham Technique Certification. . Amansu is a two time recipient of the Black Excellence Award for Outstanding Achievements in Dance granted by the African American Arts Alliance of Chicago. . Malena Amusa On a mission to ignite hearts, minds and dreams, Malena Amusa has performed in 45 U.S. states, on 3 continents, and for hundreds of thousands of people. Through her self-designed career, Amusa teaches African dance non-stop, reaching over 3,000 people in her hometown St. Louis and globally. Since launching Addlife! African Dance in 2009, Amusa had produced original, blow-out concerts and MEGA conferences that change lives. She credits her artistry to God, her fiery Nigerian roots, and master teachers DeBorah Ahmed, Moustapha Bangoura, Sandella Malloy, and Diadie Bathily. Amusa boldly infuses culture and inspiring messages in her dance craft, using her training as a journalist to weave historical facts with an innovative vision for the future. The African dance star has been privileged to be a principal dancer for Harambee Dance Co. in NYC, Afriky Lolo in St. Louis, and Cirque Zuma Zuma in Las Vegas. Amusa now resides in St. Louis, where she is working on her first book - a thrilling dance memoir.
Heather Beal received her B.A. in dance from Columbia College Chicago and her MFA in Dance from Washington University in St. Louis. She is a certified Dunham Technique Instructor and was a principal dancer with the Katherine Dunham Museum Children’s Workshop Performance Company from the age of six into young adulthood. She performed with the company around the United States and France. She has also performed in many productions at The Black Rep and several productions at the St. Louis MUNY. She has choreographed The Me Nobody Knows, Rivers of Women, Le Freak C’est Chic, Purlie, and DreamGirls. She is currently the Artist in Residence at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, Indiana in the Theatre department. Amansu Eason Amansu Eason began performing at age 4 with the Morning Bishop Theatre Playhouse. At age 10, he began studying ballet, jazz, tap, and modern at the Emerson School for the Visual and Performing Arts in his hometown of Gary, Indiana. During the same time he also began extensive training in West African folklore and dance with the Alyo Children’s Dance Company in Chicago, Illinois. Over the next six years, he began to develop his own style, fusing the disciplines he learned throughout his training giving power to his artistic and creative voice. In 2003, as a dance minor at Bowling Green State University and a major of Africana Studies, he was introduced to the Katherine Dunham Technique. Though his father was a professor at BGSU, he accredits the Dunham Technique for giving him an academic voice and confidence to be a scholar. Throughout his career, he has performed with Ben Harper, opened for artists such as Omarion, Marcus Houston, Mary, Mary, Arrested Development, and presented a solo for the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. He has performed on stages and in spaces all over the U.S. and the Caribbean, as well as in Canada, Mexico, Isreal, and Brazil and has taught dance throughout Northwest Indiana, Ohio and the Chicago area for the past 13 years. Amansu is currently the Assistant to the Director of Muntu Dance Theater of Chicago, and Associate Director of Dancexcel Champion Center for the arts in Gary, IN.. He also serves as Co- Chair of the Planning Committee, a member of the Technique Committee, and Certified Instructor for the Institute for Dunham Technique Certification. . Amansu is a two time recipient of the Black Excellence Award for Outstanding Achievements in Dance granted by the African American Arts Alliance of Chicago. . Malena Amusa On a mission to ignite hearts, minds and dreams, Malena Amusa has performed in 45 U.S. states, on 3 continents, and for hundreds of thousands of people. Through her self-designed career, Amusa teaches African dance non-stop, reaching over 3,000 people in her hometown St. Louis and globally. Since launching Addlife! African Dance in 2009, Amusa had produced original, blow-out concerts and MEGA conferences that change lives. She credits her artistry to God, her fiery Nigerian roots, and master teachers DeBorah Ahmed, Moustapha Bangoura, Sandella Malloy, and Diadie Bathily. Amusa boldly infuses culture and inspiring messages in her dance craft, using her training as a journalist to weave historical facts with an innovative vision for the future. The African dance star has been privileged to be a principal dancer for Harambee Dance Co. in NYC, Afriky Lolo in St. Louis, and Cirque Zuma Zuma in Las Vegas. Amusa now resides in St. Louis, where she is working on her first book - a thrilling dance memoir.
Heather Beal received her B.A. in dance from Columbia College Chicago and her MFA in Dance from Washington University in St. Louis. She is a certified Dunham Technique Instructor and was a principal dancer with the Katherine Dunham Museum Children’s Workshop Performance Company from the age of six into young adulthood. She performed with the company around the United States and France. She has also performed in many productions at The Black Rep and several productions at the St. Louis MUNY. She has choreographed The Me Nobody Knows, Rivers of Women, Le Freak C’est Chic, Purlie, and DreamGirls. She is currently the Artist in Residence at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, Indiana in the Theatre department. Amansu Eason Amansu Eason began performing at age 4 with the Morning Bishop Theatre Playhouse. At age 10, he began studying ballet, jazz, tap, and modern at the Emerson School for the Visual and Performing Arts in his hometown of Gary, Indiana. During the same time he also began extensive training in West African folklore and dance with the Alyo Children’s Dance Company in Chicago, Illinois. Over the next six years, he began to develop his own style, fusing the disciplines he learned throughout his training giving power to his artistic and creative voice. In 2003, as a dance minor at Bowling Green State University and a major of Africana Studies, he was introduced to the Katherine Dunham Technique. Though his father was a professor at BGSU, he accredits the Dunham Technique for giving him an academic voice and confidence to be a scholar. Throughout his career, he has performed with Ben Harper, opened for artists such as Omarion, Marcus Houston, Mary, Mary, Arrested Development, and presented a solo for the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. He has performed on stages and in spaces all over the U.S. and the Caribbean, as well as in Canada, Mexico, Isreal, and Brazil and has taught dance throughout Northwest Indiana, Ohio and the Chicago area for the past 13 years. Amansu is currently the Assistant to the Director of Muntu Dance Theater of Chicago, and Associate Director of Dancexcel Champion Center for the arts in Gary, IN.. He also serves as Co- Chair of the Planning Committee, a member of the Technique Committee, and Certified Instructor for the Institute for Dunham Technique Certification. . Amansu is a two time recipient of the Black Excellence Award for Outstanding Achievements in Dance granted by the African American Arts Alliance of Chicago. . Malena Amusa On a mission to ignite hearts, minds and dreams, Malena Amusa has performed in 45 U.S. states, on 3 continents, and for hundreds of thousands of people. Through her self-designed career, Amusa teaches African dance non-stop, reaching over 3,000 people in her hometown St. Louis and globally. Since launching Addlife! African Dance in 2009, Amusa had produced original, blow-out concerts and MEGA conferences that change lives. She credits her artistry to God, her fiery Nigerian roots, and master teachers DeBorah Ahmed, Moustapha Bangoura, Sandella Malloy, and Diadie Bathily. Amusa boldly infuses culture and inspiring messages in her dance craft, using her training as a journalist to weave historical facts with an innovative vision for the future. The African dance star has been privileged to be a principal dancer for Harambee Dance Co. in NYC, Afriky Lolo in St. Louis, and Cirque Zuma Zuma in Las Vegas. Amusa now resides in St. Louis, where she is working on her first book - a thrilling dance memoir.
Heather Beal received her B.A. in dance from Columbia College Chicago and her MFA in Dance from Washington University in St. Louis. She is a certified Dunham Technique Instructor and was a principal dancer with the Katherine Dunham Museum Children’s Workshop Performance Company from the age of six into young adulthood. She performed with the company around the United States and France. She has also performed in many productions at The Black Rep and several productions at the St. Louis MUNY. She has choreographed The Me Nobody Knows, Rivers of Women, Le Freak C’est Chic, Purlie, and DreamGirls. She is currently the Artist in Residence at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, Indiana in the Theatre department. Amansu Eason Amansu Eason began performing at age 4 with the Morning Bishop Theatre Playhouse. At age 10, he began studying ballet, jazz, tap, and modern at the Emerson School for the Visual and Performing Arts in his hometown of Gary, Indiana. During the same time he also began extensive training in West African folklore and dance with the Alyo Children’s Dance Company in Chicago, Illinois. Over the next six years, he began to develop his own style, fusing the disciplines he learned throughout his training giving power to his artistic and creative voice. In 2003, as a dance minor at Bowling Green State University and a major of Africana Studies, he was introduced to the Katherine Dunham Technique. Though his father was a professor at BGSU, he accredits the Dunham Technique for giving him an academic voice and confidence to be a scholar. Throughout his career, he has performed with Ben Harper, opened for artists such as Omarion, Marcus Houston, Mary, Mary, Arrested Development, and presented a solo for the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. He has performed on stages and in spaces all over the U.S. and the Caribbean, as well as in Canada, Mexico, Isreal, and Brazil and has taught dance throughout Northwest Indiana, Ohio and the Chicago area for the past 13 years. Amansu is currently the Assistant to the Director of Muntu Dance Theater of Chicago, and Associate Director of Dancexcel Champion Center for the arts in Gary, IN.. He also serves as Co- Chair of the Planning Committee, a member of the Technique Committee, and Certified Instructor for the Institute for Dunham Technique Certification. . Amansu is a two time recipient of the Black Excellence Award for Outstanding Achievements in Dance granted by the African American Arts Alliance of Chicago. . Malena Amusa On a mission to ignite hearts, minds and dreams, Malena Amusa has performed in 45 U.S. states, on 3 continents, and for hundreds of thousands of people. Through her self-designed career, Amusa teaches African dance non-stop, reaching over 3,000 people in her hometown St. Louis and globally. Since launching Addlife! African Dance in 2009, Amusa had produced original, blow-out concerts and MEGA conferences that change lives. She credits her artistry to God, her fiery Nigerian roots, and master teachers DeBorah Ahmed, Moustapha Bangoura, Sandella Malloy, and Diadie Bathily. Amusa boldly infuses culture and inspiring messages in her dance craft, using her training as a journalist to weave historical facts with an innovative vision for the future. The African dance star has been privileged to be a principal dancer for Harambee Dance Co. in NYC, Afriky Lolo in St. Louis, and Cirque Zuma Zuma in Las Vegas. Amusa now resides in St. Louis, where she is working on her first book - a thrilling dance memoir.