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Afro Urban Society

Afro Urban

oakland

dance group

Afro Urban Society

Afro Urban

oakland

dance group

Afro Urban Society is a creative community committed to sustaining the resiliency, interconnection and unique artistic and cultural expressions and contributions of people of African descent in urban settings around the world.

Read Our Story

Afro Urban Society

Afro Urban

oakland

dance group

Afro Urban Society

Afro Urban

oakland

dance group

Afro Urban Society is a creative community committed to sustaining the resiliency, interconnection and unique artistic and cultural expressions and contributions of people of African descent in urban settings around the world.

Read Our Story

founder

Nkeiruka Oruche

Executive Artistic Director

current

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members

Tossie Long

Co-Artistic Director

current

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Kanukai Chigamba

Program Manager, Dancer

current

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Philip Agyapong

Dancer, Instructor

current

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Ebonie Barnett

Dancer, Instructor

current

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Jamie Carter

Dancer, Instructor

current

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Shemica Watkins-Johnson

Dancer, Instructor

current

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Stephanie Anne Johnson

Instructor, Lighting Designer

current

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Michael French

Artist Development

current

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Thomas Schumake

Music Editor, Sound Engineer

current

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Ginika Oruche

Media Associate, Special Events Associate

current

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Our Story

Afro Urban Society (AUS) began in 2004 with One3snapshot, founded by Nkeiruka Oruche, Anneli Akinde and Chinenye Aneke, as a collective of creatives producing art that spoke to the African urban experience. In 2005 under the Danceslave project, AUS began offering dance classes and workshops as well as D-fuse, an Afro-dance performance company for girls and young women emphasizing cultivating identity in a complex world. In 2009, AUS began collaborating with local artists and performers of African descent to produce small community events that create relationships among people of all Afro ethnicities through population music, street dance and continental aesthetics. Bacchanal de Afrique emerged as the signature event. To deepen its impact and carry out its mission, AUS has collaborated with various entities over the years - including Nigerian Entertainment, Bassey Ikpi, Dance Mission, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Stern Grove Festival, Oakland Museum of California, and Nike Centre for Art and Culture - to produce over 90 public events, workshops, art, artist collaborations and performances. In 2017, with financial support from individuals, artists and grants, we began enriching our programs and expanding who we serve, including Arab refugees and immigrants. Today, AUS operates as an ‘artist incubator’ for low-income people of African descent to create, perform and collaborate. AUS aims to bring in and promote more artists, provide more consistent programming, tighten its vision and create a powerful and reliable support network for affiliated artists.

Our Story

Afro Urban Society (AUS) began in 2004 with One3snapshot, founded by Nkeiruka Oruche, Anneli Akinde and Chinenye Aneke, as a collective of creatives producing art that spoke to the African urban experience. In 2005 under the Danceslave project, AUS began offering dance classes and workshops as well as D-fuse, an Afro-dance performance company for girls and young women emphasizing cultivating identity in a complex world. In 2009, AUS began collaborating with local artists and performers of African descent to produce small community events that create relationships among people of all Afro ethnicities through population music, street dance and continental aesthetics. Bacchanal de Afrique emerged as the signature event. To deepen its impact and carry out its mission, AUS has collaborated with various entities over the years - including Nigerian Entertainment, Bassey Ikpi, Dance Mission, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Stern Grove Festival, Oakland Museum of California, and Nike Centre for Art and Culture - to produce over 90 public events, workshops, art, artist collaborations and performances. In 2017, with financial support from individuals, artists and grants, we began enriching our programs and expanding who we serve, including Arab refugees and immigrants. Today, AUS operates as an ‘artist incubator’ for low-income people of African descent to create, perform and collaborate. AUS aims to bring in and promote more artists, provide more consistent programming, tighten its vision and create a powerful and reliable support network for affiliated artists.

Join

the

community

Empower the dancer in you. Showcase your moves and discover more ways to dance.

Afro Urban Society

Afro Urban

oakland

dance group

Afro Urban Society

Afro Urban

oakland

dance group

Afro Urban Society is a creative community committed to sustaining the resiliency, interconnection and unique artistic and cultural expressions and contributions of people of African descent in urban settings around the world.

Read Our Story

Afro Urban Society

Afro Urban

oakland

dance group

Afro Urban Society

Afro Urban

oakland

dance group

Afro Urban Society is a creative community committed to sustaining the resiliency, interconnection and unique artistic and cultural expressions and contributions of people of African descent in urban settings around the world.

Read Our Story

founder

Nkeiruka Oruche

Executive Artistic Director

current

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members

Tossie Long

Co-Artistic Director

current

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Kanukai Chigamba

Program Manager, Dancer

current

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Philip Agyapong

Dancer, Instructor

current

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Ebonie Barnett

Dancer, Instructor

current

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Jamie Carter

Dancer, Instructor

current

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Shemica Watkins-Johnson

Dancer, Instructor

current

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Stephanie Anne Johnson

Instructor, Lighting Designer

current

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Michael French

Artist Development

current

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Thomas Schumake

Music Editor, Sound Engineer

current

Icon_ionic-ios-arrow-back Copy 45

Ginika Oruche

Media Associate, Special Events Associate

current

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Our Story

Afro Urban Society (AUS) began in 2004 with One3snapshot, founded by Nkeiruka Oruche, Anneli Akinde and Chinenye Aneke, as a collective of creatives producing art that spoke to the African urban experience. In 2005 under the Danceslave project, AUS began offering dance classes and workshops as well as D-fuse, an Afro-dance performance company for girls and young women emphasizing cultivating identity in a complex world. In 2009, AUS began collaborating with local artists and performers of African descent to produce small community events that create relationships among people of all Afro ethnicities through population music, street dance and continental aesthetics. Bacchanal de Afrique emerged as the signature event. To deepen its impact and carry out its mission, AUS has collaborated with various entities over the years - including Nigerian Entertainment, Bassey Ikpi, Dance Mission, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Stern Grove Festival, Oakland Museum of California, and Nike Centre for Art and Culture - to produce over 90 public events, workshops, art, artist collaborations and performances. In 2017, with financial support from individuals, artists and grants, we began enriching our programs and expanding who we serve, including Arab refugees and immigrants. Today, AUS operates as an ‘artist incubator’ for low-income people of African descent to create, perform and collaborate. AUS aims to bring in and promote more artists, provide more consistent programming, tighten its vision and create a powerful and reliable support network for affiliated artists.

Our Story

Afro Urban Society (AUS) began in 2004 with One3snapshot, founded by Nkeiruka Oruche, Anneli Akinde and Chinenye Aneke, as a collective of creatives producing art that spoke to the African urban experience. In 2005 under the Danceslave project, AUS began offering dance classes and workshops as well as D-fuse, an Afro-dance performance company for girls and young women emphasizing cultivating identity in a complex world. In 2009, AUS began collaborating with local artists and performers of African descent to produce small community events that create relationships among people of all Afro ethnicities through population music, street dance and continental aesthetics. Bacchanal de Afrique emerged as the signature event. To deepen its impact and carry out its mission, AUS has collaborated with various entities over the years - including Nigerian Entertainment, Bassey Ikpi, Dance Mission, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Stern Grove Festival, Oakland Museum of California, and Nike Centre for Art and Culture - to produce over 90 public events, workshops, art, artist collaborations and performances. In 2017, with financial support from individuals, artists and grants, we began enriching our programs and expanding who we serve, including Arab refugees and immigrants. Today, AUS operates as an ‘artist incubator’ for low-income people of African descent to create, perform and collaborate. AUS aims to bring in and promote more artists, provide more consistent programming, tighten its vision and create a powerful and reliable support network for affiliated artists.

Join

the

community

Empower the dancer in you. Showcase your moves and discover more ways to dance.