Meet the Directors

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Artistic Director, Fatima Logan

Artistic Director, Founder, Dancer

Artistic Director, Fatima Logan studied at Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA) where she graduated Summa Cume Laude with a BFA in Dance and Choreography. She danced professionally with the African-American Dance Ensemble directed by Dr. Chuck Davis, Forces of Nature Dance Theater directed by Abdel Salaam, and the Seewe Dance Company directed by Mouminatou Camara. She has extensive teaching experience as artist in residence at Hunter College and Long Island University. She has been a teaching artist with Bronx Children’s Museum and Master Class I teacher at the Steffi Nossen School of Dance. She has performed with Bobby Sanabria, Paul Winters, Ntozake Shange, and has received written recognition for her commitment to dance education from Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor. She is currently a teaching artist with Young Audiences New York.

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Musical Director, David Alston

Musical Director/Co-Executive Director

David Alston born in Durham NC began showing interest in percussion instruments in 1990. His parents noticed this interest and enrolled him at Durham School of the Arts. There he began his study of the cello and formal study of percussion. Alston joined the Collage African Dance Company in 2002 where he played the Dun-Duns, a set of three drums used as the foundation of West African Djembe Orchestration. He has worked with many companies including the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ballet Hispanico, Forces of Nature Dance Theater, and Urban Bush Women.  He has also performed numerous times with Balafon West African Dance Company (Pittsburg PA), Elegeba Folklore Society (Richmond VA), and Umoja African Arts Company (Pittsburgh PA). He has toured with the African American Dance Ensemble as lead Djembe Musician and participated in many events such as, Afr’AmFest (Norfolk VA), Dance Africa (Dallas TX/Washington D.C.), United Nations Annual South-South Day for cooperation event (New York, NY), and the Eerie Music Fest in (Toronto OT). Alston is the Musical Director for VashtiDance Theater and teaches at the Future Leaders Institute located in Harlem, NY. He is also a teaching artist with Bronx Children’s Museum and is artist in residence at St.Phillips Warriors of the Dream Program in Harlem.

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