Meet the Ballet Afrikana Team

Ashley N. Campbell

I am a classically-trained dancer who has studied various forms of dance for nearly 20 years. I have trained with Rochester's own Garth Fagan Dance; however, the majority of my dance training was completed with Washington, DC. based organizations--including ktm eXtremes Dance Project, the Dance Institute of Washington, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Lynn B. Welters School of Dance Arts and Duke Ellington School of the Arts. You can catch her featured in the major motion picture, Step Up 2: The Streets as a dancer.

Ballet Afrikana: Dance Prep Academy begun in 2014 with the vision of providing culturally-relevant learning of the Arts to the Greater Rochester Community.

​Afrikana Instructor, Africologist ​& ​Co-Founder​

Djedhi Bennu Sa Khufu (Lomax R. Campbell)

I am a scholar-practitioner of classical Afrikan civilizations and a student of the Illinois-based YogaSkills School of Kemetic Yoga, under the leadership of Master Teacher Yirser Ra Hotep—creator of the YogaSkills Method. I earned my 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher certification after attending a 2016 Healing Sun Kemetic Yoga Teacher Training and Certification Retreat in Negril, Jamaica after nearly two years of independent study. My practice focuses on the development of the entire person, aiding students with the alignment and restoration of the ab-khat-ka—mind-body-spirit—complex. It also augments my background as a long-time practitioner of Capoeira, the Afro-Brazilian martial art form, and Afrikan dance. I offer regular classes and workshops at House of Shu Wellness Center. However, I have also taught classes and workshops throughout the Greater Rochester community (including the Afrikan American Festival, Charlotte Beach, Brue Coffee, Community Health Fairs at Boys and Girls Club, the Westside Farmers Market, University of Rochester, and Monroe Community College) and out of state at Yoga House Houston in Houston, TX.

Afrikana Instructor, ​​Africologist & ​Co-Founder

Niema Neteri Atkins

Educator and teaching artist in Rochester, New York. After graduating from SUNY Brockport, where I performed with Sankofa African Drum and Dance Ensemble, I co-founded my own company BA BES Dance. I also danced with Voices Dance Collective. I attended Talent Unlimited High School in New York City, majoring in Dance under Mary Barnett and studies traditional West Afrikan dance, dance in Ghana with Marie Brooks' Pan Caribbean.

Afrikana Instructor

Monique Williams

Dancing since the age 7 I have had many experiences throughout the years. I started off at Ms. Francine's Dance Studio in Brooklyn. Then I was apart of Marie Brooks Pan Caribbean Dance Company from age 11-14. Black Feet Modern Dance Company at the age of 15. I was apart of Harlem School of the Arts Renaissance II Dance Company from 16-18. I danced in the opening and closing ceremonies for the 96 summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. Liturgical dance in church throughout the years and head of dance ministry at my church Love Fellowship. I went to the Joffrey Ballet School for 2 years. Started the Dance Peace through campus ministry at Nazareth College. Was captain of the Nazareth Dance Team. After graduation I joined the semi-pro arena of dance teams and was apart of the Monroe County Sting Queen Bee Dance Team for 3 years and the Rochester Lady Sharks for the Razor Sharks basketball team for one year. I am also a certified Zumba instructor.

Afrikana Instructor

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