Jeannine Osayande

People’s Light: second collaboration. Jeannine is a choreographer, master movement artist and teaching artist of Diasporic West African dance and drum traditions for thirty 38 years. She is founder and director of Dunya Performing Arts Company, specializing in Art in Education programming, commissioned choreographic works, and community engagement. Ms. Jeannine’s mission is to add value to her environment and community through arts, culture and social change. Theatre Includes: The Lion King Jr, Once On This Island; Art for Social Change. Choreography Includes: The Rent Party, Tribute to Amadou Diallo, After A While, Malika Sarabhi’s Colours of the Heart (India). Film/Television Includes: Making A Homeplace: The Historically Black Neighborhood of Swarthmore. Co-Curation Includes: Philadelphia Folklore Project’s Honoring Ancestors. Training/Education: Apprenticeships include De Ama Battle and Bamidele Osumarea, The Art of Black Dance and Music (USA); Mentors Include Ibrahima Camara (Senegal), F. Nii Yartey (Ghana); BA Anthropology, Temple University; Certificate in Traditional and Contemporary African Dance Noyam African Dance Institute/ Ghana Board of Education; Teaching Artist Certification, Columbia University Teachers College. Website: