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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 2019 are as follows:


Hot Wednesday • Dance, Fitness & Yoga Workout


Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm

Cost: $8 Adults • $32 for 4 Classes • $50 for 8 Classes

Instructor: Various

In this class you will be introduced to various instructors who will get your heart pumping with hot, on-fire dance and fitness moves or give you an exhilarating feeling with some intense yoga. Meet you on the dance floor!

Mamas with grace (AFRICAN MOVEMENTS) Dance Class


Time: 12:30pm-2:00pm

Cost: $5 Adults

Instructor: Ebony Naimah Zanuwa

Ebony, the instructor, is a dancer, teacher and choreographer who has studied diasporic and traditional African dance for 10 years. Mamas with Grace African movement is a class that is tailored for women looking to increase mobility and love African drum rhythms and movements. In this non-traditional class, all skill levels will be honored.

Other benefits include:

  • Balance and coordination

  • Improved cognitive function

  • Raised vibration & increased endorphins

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Ebony Naimah Zanuwa

Specialty classes are as follows:


Cynthia Jackson

Cynthia Jackson

Dates: MONDAYS, MARCH 11th - APRIL 8th, 2019

Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm

Cost: $10 All Ages • $32 for 4 Classes

Instructor: Cynthia Jackson

Cindy started formal dance training with her mother, Betty Love Gibbs, in 1971 and is trained in many genres of dance which include Ballet, Jazz and Brazilian Samba, just to name a few, but she is especially fond of TAP! In this class you will not only have fun learning to tap but you will burn calories, strengthen your body and build endurance!

Pioneers of Black Dance Pittsburgh Series

African Core

Dates: THURSDAYS, MARCH 14th - APRIL 4th, 2019

Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm

Cost: $10 All Ages • $32 for 4 Classes • $50 for 8 Classes

Instructor: Linsey McDaniel

Linsey has studied Guinean dance styles for over 15 years with Balafon West African Ensemble. Additionally she has studied yoga and Pilates. This African Core class is about getting tight while letting loose to West African rhythms and is tailored to all ages.


AfroMoves: Pittsburgh Meets African Heat!

Dates: THURSDAYS, APRIL 11th - MAY 2nd, 2019

Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm

Cost: $10 All Ages • $32 for 4 Classes • $50 for 8 Classes

Instructor: Chrisala

Chrisala is a Dancer, Teacher. Choreographer and lover African Diasporic culture. She has studied both Traditional and Contemporary forms of dance from around the world. From Modern to Ballet, West African to Carribean, dance has become the universal language which she uses to bring people together regardless of their age or background.

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No Boundaries!!!! No Limitations!!!!

Dates: SATURDAYS, APRIL 13th - MAY 4th, 2019

Time: 11:00am-12:00pm

Cost: $10 All Ages • $32 for 4 Classes • $50 for 8 Classes

Instructor: Toni Nadiyah Stowers

A comprehensive DANCE Journey taught by choreographer and dancer Sister Toni Nadiyah Stowers, that encourages participants to move within the freedom and love of dance regardless of size, age or gender! Different genres of music and dance guarantees a great workout!!

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Senegalese Dance

Dates: THURSDAYS, MAY 9th - 30th, 2019

Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm

Cost: $10 All Ages • $32 for 4 Classes • $50 for 8 Classes

Instructor: Oronde Sharif

Oronde Sharif is the Artistic Director of the Shona Sharif African Dance and Drum Ensemble and currently serves as Curriculum Coordinator, Lecturer, and Major advisor in the Department of Africana Studies at the University of Pitt. Oronde will be teaching dances of the Jola and Mandinka people.

Yogi of BS (Breathing and Smiling)

Dates: SATURDAYS, MAY 11th - JUNE 1st, 2019

Time: 10:30am-11:30am

Cost: $10 All Ages • $32 for 4 Classes • $50 for 8 Classes

Instructor: Eric Dykes

Eric Dykes is a long-time yoga practitioner and has continually studied and honed his abilities since his introduction four decades ago. He brings his passion for health and well-being to the mat, encouraging others to tap into their innate physical, mental, and spiritual abilities. His classes are geared towards all levels, abilities, and bodies. See you on the mat!