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Uhuru Dancers, Inc. is a traditional African dance company. The name means freedom in Kiswahili. Uhuru is a community based non-profit organization that has been empowering the Atlanta area through African Culture since 1989. The company was established with the purpose to uphold a strong legacy of African culture through dance, rhythm, song, and folklore.
Uhuru Dancers was founded by Toni Young, Shaheedah Enahora, Tina Scoope, and Celeste Anthony. It is the oldest professional African dance company in the Metro Atlanta Area. At least 100 members have passed through the ranks of Uhuru in its many years of operation. Uhuru currently offers a wide variety of workshops, community events, and performances through out the year.
The group is also dedicated to empowering elders through Mzee Uhuru, Elders of Freedom, and teaching the youth through Watoto Uhuru, Children of Freedom. Mzee is comprised of dancers over the age of 50, and Watoto is comprised of boys and girls ages 3-17.
Audiences of all sizes and types have enjoyed Uhuru’s performances. Some of these include:
The National Black Arts Festival
Sweet Auburn Festival
Georgia State University
Vibe International Festival at the Rialto Theatre
The Atlanta Hawks
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
First Afrikan Church – Kwanzaa
Cultural Olympiad/Celebrate Africa
Dance Africa Atlanta
Decatur Arts Festival
Atlanta Dogwood Festival
North Alabama African Heritage Festival
Clarkston Community Center
University of Tennessee
Agnes Scott College
Uhuru has also performed for a host of public television shows, schools, & organizations in the southeast and nationally.