YENSA Festival: A Celebration of Black Women in Dance

YENSA Festival is happy to announce programming for the inaugural dance festival taking place August 13-28, 2022 at multiple venues in Toronto’s Regent Park with workshops and performances by Tasha Ricketts, Tamla Matthews, Shameka Blake, Jaz Fairy Simone J, Funmi Adewole, Esie Mensah, Ekspresyon, Lua Shayenne Dance Company, and more. YENSA Festival is the first Canadian international biennial festival that celebrates the work of women in dance, from African and Afro-diasporic culture.

The YENSA Festival will begin with a series of workshops including: Dancing the Cloth: The Joy of Skirts and Sashes in Caribbean Dance with Tamla Matthews; Hip Hop Fusion Choreography by Shameka Blake; followed by a public talk and conversation titled ‘ Crafting the story of your choreography: for black female dance artists’ with Funmi Adewole; and much more.

The closing weekend of YENSA Festival will include performances at Daniels Spectrum’s Ada Slaight Hall showcasing black women in dance featuring: Jaz-Fairy J Simone, Artists in Motion Dance Company, Lua Shayenne Dance Company on August 26; Funmi Adewole, Esie Mensah, and Ekspresyon on August 27; and an ATSIA CIRCLE, a dance and drum celebration led by US master drummer Fara Tolno on August 28.

YENSA Festival

August 13-28, 2022

Ada Slaight Hall in Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas Street West

Toronto Met, The Student Learning Centre, 341 Yonge Street

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