Established in 2017, Sankofa Dance Theater Alaska has quickly become the premiere African dance ensemble in the land of the midnight sun.
We have a strong emphasis on bringing cultural diversity to Anchorage through arts and have accomplished so much within that time. We offer classes, workshops and residencies as well as perform at various events through out our community.
Our mission is to is dedicated to bringing forth a renaissance of cultural creative arts throughout Alaska. We strive to inspire brilliance in our community regardless of age through art, music, dance, and literary works as vehicles to bring enlivenment, cultural exchange and unity.
We operate out of Underground Dance Company.
701 West 58th Avenue
Anchorage, Alaska 99503
MEET OUR DIRECTORS
Johnnie Wright began performance arts school at the tender age of eight. He was trained in modern dance by Tonya Hunter-Sherman and Moja by Terri Axum. He also invented The Wright Technique a hip-hop dance style. At the age of 16, he performed in the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1996 Olympics as part of the Savannah State University Dance Assemble. The next years marked amazing solo and group performances with the Sankofa Dance Theatre-Savannah as the lead dancer, choreographer, and drummer. They performed throughout the United States and as part of the Pan African Festival in Ghana , Africa. Johnnie utilizes his talents and experience to bring cultural awareness and teach harmony across all racial borders.
Misha Baskerville is a native to Savannah, Georgia. There, her and her brother Johnnie danced with Sankofa Dance Theatre Georgia, where she was a principle dancer and rehearsal director since 1995. She’s toured throughout the United States spreading her gifts and passion through school residency programs and cultural caucuses. Her dedication to dance and cultivating talent lead her to start Sankofa Dance Theatre Alaska.
Kasha Smith-Poynter was born and raised in the last frontier. Dancing has always been a part of her being. She’s a former dancer in UMOJA African Dance Troupe, was captain of the step team at East High School & was a dance instructor with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Alaska. This wife of 12 years and mother of 2, is ecstatic to reconnect to her passion for dance. When she’s not dancing with Sanfoka, you can catch her dancing on the parent crew with the Underground Dance Company, teaching fitness shuffle on monday nights at UDC or out on the town with the Get Lit Crew.
MEET OUR TRIBES
This Swahili word translates to children. Our youth tribe ranges from age 5-11. their youthful light provides the exuberant lifeblood that keep Sankofa uplifted and continually elevating.
The growing years can prove to be the most trans-formative and character creating. our teen tribe is sankofa’s conscience as we desire to bequeath two things in to them; the first - their roots, THEN THEIR WINGS.
our adult tribe it’s the soul of sankofa. their namesake is borrowed from the twi language meaning full light. they are devoted to feeding their passion of movement while helping future generation discover purpose and culture.
Join Sankofa Dance Theatre Alaska as we celebrate the road to emancipation. We will reflect on the past and honor the journey of African-Americans course to freedom through dance, drumming, song & spoken word.
In efforts to align our programs with our mission statement, we created the Cultural Arts Community Outreach Residency Program. Artists provide the students with an enhanced experience of traditional and modern African dance. Students will also learn the stories and traditions behind the movements they are performing. Please contact us to check availability for your dance or arts programs.
UPCOMING CACORP EVENTS
KAleidoscope School of Art & science
JANUARY 14th - JANUARY 18th, 2019