Artist Bio

OKRA DANCE is a collective of highly accomplished and versatile professional dancers, musicians and artist-educators of African descent who use movement, rhythm, song and storytelling to honor and celebrate community traditions and innovations from all over the world, and in particular, those of the peoples of the Black African diaspora. We are adept at seamlessly weaving history, dance, humor and audience interaction into a community-building experience unique to each event. Based in New York City, OKRA performs for youth and multigenerational audiences at schools, libraries, museums, festivals, and theaters across the country. In addition to our touring shows, OKRA also offers residencies which use dance and the arts to make connections to key moments in American and world history (and life!); professional development for both emerging and experienced educators; and creates and produces customized interactive events which blur the lines between performers and audiences.