Master artist Fujima Kansuma and apprentice Melody Takata participated in Round 7 of ACTA’s Apprenticeship Program, conducting an apprenticeship in Japanese Nihon Buyo, or Japanese classical dance. Fujima Kansma is no ordinary figure. Surmounting a series of challenges and discouragements, her long career reflects extraordinary focus and…
Joti Singh studied Guinean dance with master artist Alseny Soumah as part of ACTA’s Apprenticeship Program in 2007. Soumah’s family taught him to dance when he was a small child in Conakry, Guinea, and he performed with a neighborhood group before dancing professionally with Ballets Merveilles and Les…
Sometimes when a people survive the greatest of tragedies, art and culture is the first thing they turn to in order to continue. Although 90 percent of all Cambodian classical artists perished between 1975 and 1979 after the fall of the Khmer Rouge, those who did survive wandered out from…
David Chen is a former choreographer and dance instructor of the Shanghai Opera and Dance Theatre. In his forty-year dance career, he performed numerous dances, as well as choreographed over thirty dances including such notable pieces as “Pantheon of Chinese Gods”, “Heroine Hua Mulan”, “Armor of the King” and “Peach-Flower…
Bay Area Youth Arts is a nonprofit program with a mission to help at-risk, inner-city youth develop discipline and self-confidence necessary to lead positive and productive lives.  Offering African and jazz percussion, as well as classical and jazz violin, students learn listening and learning skills that…
Grupo Folklorico Huaxyacac is folkloric dance group performing the regional dances of Oaxaca, Mexico. The performing group was founded in 1989 by the Regional Organization of Oaxaca which, two years earlier, introduced to California the first Guelagetza celebration which is a well-established and beloved event in their home state. Today…
The Mahea Uchiyama Center for International Dance located in Berkeley is a nonprofit organization where the world comes to dance. Artistic director/kumu hula, Mahealani Uchiyama’s vision is to provide a place where students of all ages and abilities can take part in multicultural dance experience through…
Oaxaca Tierra del Sol is a nonprofit, grassroots organization created in Santa Rosa in 2013.  They are dedicated to sharing the roots and cultures of the people of Oaxaca in Sonoma County through one of Oaxaca’s greatest cultural expressions and gatherings known as La Guelagetza.   …
Mexi’caytol Indio Cultural Center in Chula Vista, is dedicated to the teaching and preservation of indigenous cultures of Mexico and the southwestern United States.  In 1987, they established one of the first Aztec dance groups in the country with a direct lineage to Maestro Yescas who…
Kathak is among the eight major classical dancds of India and one of the most dynamic theatre arts in the world. The word Kathak is derived from “katha,” meaning the art of storytelling. Highly improvised, the traditional solo is considered the highest level of mastery in Kathak. The solo is…