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A showcase of Kentucky’s best and brightest performers, featuring music, dance, dramatic readings, poetry, and more.
Imani Dance and Drum Company

The Imani Dance and Drum Company, led by Harlina Churn-Diallo of Louisville and YaYa Diallo of Mali, West Africa, is made up of dancers and drummers of different African and African-American origins living in the Louisville area.

YaYa, a master drummer, is the co-author of the book The Healing Drum: African Wisdom Teachings. Harlina holds degrees in Pan-African studies and cultural anthropology. She has choreographed for various Louisville arts groups and is well known for her work with teachers, students, and young people.

For their appearance in “The Kentucky Collage” on In Performance, the Diallos performed with several young people from the company: drummers Terah Israel and Ethan Israel and dancers Ayana Kena Churn, Mone’t Bullard, and Danelle Wright. The Imani Dance and Drum Company also is featured prominently in KET’s instructional series DanceSense.


On the Road to The Kentucky Center
Stellar performances by some of Kentucky’s best performing artists—the Imani Dance and Drum Company, Hog Operation with the Kentucky Cloggers, cellist Michael Fitzpatrick with the Gordon Dance Project, the American Spiritual Ensemble, and the Kentucky Jazz Connection—celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Governor’s Awards in the Arts. (#701)


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