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For more than six years, the Legacy Arts Project has held weekly classes open to the community. For a small cost, anyone between the ages of youth to adult are welcome to experience dance from throughout the African diaspora. The classes have been successful due to the inclusion of all members of the community. Participants are led through a warm-up and dance class to the rhythm of live djembe drumming. As with dancers, drummers are also welcome to attend drum classes. These are led by veteran drummers who have been practicing their crafts for 20+ years.

Come join us as we work towards increasing our health, mind, body and soul.

Class Schedule

Classes taught by: LEGACY ARTISTS or COMMUNITY GUESTS (as noted)

**Class space is limited. Please check calendar and individual dates for tickets and availability.**

Weekly classes for 2018 are as follows:


Hot Wednesday | Dance, Fitness & Yoga Workout


Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm

Cost: $8 Adults • $5 Youth under 12

This class will use music and movement to connect with our bodies. You will also enjoy the social exchange as well as holistic well being for mind, body and soul!

*On the following dates, Hot Wednesday will be taken over by INTERPLAY:

  • JUNE 6th
  • JULY 4th
  • AUGUST 1st

Please consider registering for INTERPLAY on those dates here.


  Ebony Castaphney' Zanuwa

Ebony Castaphney' Zanuwa

WUTA(FIRE) | Dance Fusion


Time: 10:30am-11:30am

Cost: $8 Adults • $5 Seniors

Classes taught by: Ebony Castaphney’ Zanuwa

Wuta Dance Fusion is comprised of zumba dance, carribean, afro beats, hiphop, body toning, yoga and traditional African dance movements and choreography!

This well blended class will provide higher energy by oxygenating the blood. Wuta is a great way to start your day. 


A little about
Ebony Castaphney’ Zanuwa a native of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Born with a song in her heart and a creative mind and  was destined to be an artist. At the age of five years old Ebony was very engaged in the creative arts. Beginning with broad way musicals and ballet. She  has explored Contemporary, Modern, Hip Hop, Step, Dance Hall, Afro Cuban, Traditional Jamaican, and west African dance from the regions of Mali, Guinea and the Congo. Ebony’s love for children drove her to her Early education and childhood development field and she is currently the Artistic director of Sankofa Village for the Arts, where she teaches West African history, song, and choreographs dance pieces to youth five to eighteen. Ebony feels it’s important that not only the youth whom participate have fun but that they learn the elements, principals and meaning behind the Traditional dances learned. Ebony is involved with The Legacy Arts program studying a variety of diaspora dances taught by many knowledgeable and skilled guest artists. Ebony is also a part of the Balafon West African dance ensemble instructed by Kadioutou Conte Forte in Guinea dances. Through her experience in the companies Ebony has learned stage presence, light acting, costuming, directing, and how to create a performance piece. Ebony is now continuously working to develop her business The Green Empress Juice Company into a creative café where space and time will be available for artist to share.

Specialty classes for 2018 are as follows:

Mind Empowerment 101-106

In this work shop learn how to build your self esteem and why its so important when dealing with every day life and your interactions with people.

Walk away with the knowledge to help your self and others build their self esteem!

Class dates: THURSDAYS: JUNE 14th, JULY 12th and AUGUST 9th

Time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm
**JUNE 14th special time - 7:00-8:00p**

Cost: Adults $10.00

Class taught by: Angela McClung

  Angela McClung

Angela McClung

A little about Angela McClung:
Angela Hollywood Master stylist/teacher of Pittsburgh, PA has been doing hair since age 8. She Is a proud recipient of many awards of recognition and participation from beauty school and hairshows and has been in the business for 22 years. Angela is an licenced cosmetologist/teacher/salon owner and holds a business degree. She spent 3 years in Atlanta Georgia and the Washington DC area servicing clients beauty needs. In servicing thousands of people over the years Angela deals with people on a daily basis and she has noticed  how important self esteem is and how even a simple hairdo, a little makeup, or a small beauty enhancement can change someone's life. However, she has realized that sometimes just a beauty  enhancement isn't enough. She has come to the realization that words of encouragement and building up is urgent and many people suffer with low self- esteem. She feels confidence and high self-esteem is a must and is willing to do what it takes to help anyone get to that point in there life where their confidence can flourish!

  The Get Down Gang

The Get Down Gang

Hip Hop

The Get Down Gang who is available typically for shows, events, schools and community residencies will join The Legacy Arts Project for their Spring/Summer programming and teach some of their hip hop dance moves to who ever wants to learn it. They are b-boys, poppers, writers and exciters. Get ready to Move!

First workshop: SATURDAYS: AUGUST 4th

Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm

Cost: $10.00 Adults • $5.00 Youth

Class taught by: Teena Marie Custer (August 4th)

Various workshops to follow, day and time to be announced

Beauty Basics "How to Mane Tame Your Hair"

The Legacy Arts Project would like to invite you to this one of a kind workshop with Ravin who has been in the business for 12 years! She is the real deal yet so humble.  You don't want to miss this informative Beauty Basics work shop that will also help you to "Make Up Your Mind" to "Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful"

Class dates: SATURDAYS: MAY 26th, JUNE 23rd, JULY 28th and AUGUST 18th

Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm

Cost: $12.00 Adults

Classes taught by: Ravin Bean

  Ravin Bean

Ravin Bean

A little about Ravin Bean:
Ravin Bean, owner of Shades of Beauty Salon located at 7525 Washington Street, Swissvale, PA 15218 is a Licensed Cosmetologist Instructor, Award Winning and Celebrity Hair Stylist and she is also the Beauty Correspondent for Soul Pitt Magazine, the column is called "Roots To Ends".  Along with all of this Ravin is also a Wellness Advocate!


Get in touch with your creative heart through movement, story, voice & stillness. Interplay uses gently guided "forms" in fun and relaxing ways.

Class dates: WEDNESDAYS: JUNE 6th, JULY 4th and AUGUST 1st

Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm

Cost: $10.00 Adults • $5.00 Seniors

Classes taught by: Toni McClendon

  Toni McClendon

Toni McClendon

A little about Toni McClendon:
Lois "Toni" McClendon is a Certified Leader and Life Practice Teacher. Toni is a member of the Pittsburgh InterPlay Community and Wing & A Prayer Players Pittsburgh. She is also a Storyteller in the African American Oral Traditions.

Afro-Modern Dance

Hair Braiding 101: For the adults that never learned

  Norma Jean Barnes

Norma Jean Barnes

Class dates: SATURDAY, JUNE 2nd

Time: 4:00pm-5:30pm

Cost: $12 Adults • $6 Seniors & Youth 12-18

Classes taught by: Ms Norma Jean Barnes, 2018 Keepers of The Flame Awardee!

A little about Norma Jean Barnes:
Ms Barnes is a fluid dancer, teacher and choreographer in modern and African dance techniques and was a dancer and aerialist with Ringling Brothers & Barnum & Bailey Circus. She will be gracing us with her presence this Summer for One Workshop Only, you don't want to miss it!

  Tamiah Bridgett

Tamiah Bridgett

Class dates: May 17th, June 21st, July 26th

Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm

Cost: $12 Adults

Join natural hair specialist, Tamiah Bridgett for a 3 part series on hair braiding basics. Participants will lean finger/hand placement, executing cornrows, hair parting tips etc. Participants are welcome to bring mannequins/ stands or to work on each other (please attend with clean stretched hair).

Class taught by: Tamiah Bridgett

For more information contact:

A little about Tamiah Bridgett:
Tamiah Bridgett is a licensed cosmetology instructor specializing in natural hair for 17 years. She is founder of It's a Natural Thang, Pittsburgh's premier natural hair meetup group and Diversame Inc. Specializing hair-tools for the curly continuum.