January Ansa techniques run the gamut of African and African Diaspora dance styles including traditional Caribbean, North African and specializes in what is known as “Traditional West African”.
A true “around-the-way” girl, an all-out artist, a natural dancer by age 16 she was already a powerhouse having performed on some of the biggest stages in St. Louis, MO and with some of the greatest artist worldwide including Mamady Keita’s Tam Tam Mandingue of Washington, D.C. and Moustapha Bangoura of Les Ballets Africains.
January began her training under the tutelage of Safia Shuvan, Director of the African Heritage Youth Organization. From there she blossomed under Artie Hamilton (Mama Fatou Mata) of the Spirit of Angela Dance Co. and Gerald Williams, founder and director of Kumasi Kambeng. Her training includes European ballet, traditional and modern jazz, as well as Catherine Dunham technique. January’s styles include traditional Caribbean, North African and West African dance.
Today she is the founder and creative director of Dimbayaa Arts, a collaborative performing arts organization rooted in family and community with the objective to uplift through culture by providing classes in African and African Diaspora art forms to communities. Though she has taught and performed for innumerable students and audiences she is humble and grateful for the opportunity.
“As I breathe I dance”