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African Queens Youth Performance Company

West African dance

About the Organization

African Queens Youth Performance Company has provided dance training, life skills training, and global travel experiences for over 150 girls, ages 8-18.  The organization’s mission is to empower girls to become productive and responsible members of their communities.  Through their participation in the African Queens, girls from underserved communities in Oakland are exposed to positive role models and opportunities to make healthy decisions about their future.

Living Cultures Grant Program


African Queens will continue its after school music and dance project for program year 2020. Offering the project again will enable children to build on their knowledge of dance and drum rhythms from the countries of Haiti, Congo and Senegal. The organization will add additional component of African and hip hop fusion dance to bridge the gap between traditional dance and drum and contemporary dance.


The Company continued its long-time tradition of teaching children and adolescents, with the significant addition of African drum instruction.

Traditional Arts Development Program


The African Queens applied ACTA funding to have consultant Denise Pate work with African Queens’ staff and board to create a fund development plan.

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