N’tifafa Akoko

Born in Togo, West Africa, and transplanted to the United States, N’tifafa Akoko began her formal dance training in Flint, Michigan through a youth inner-city ballet company.  She continued her training with the Young People’s Ballet Theater, and also at the Flint School of Performing arts leading to an opportunity to tour Europe twice with the Blue Lake Fine Arts Dance Ensemble.

Ntifafa attended Grand Valley State University in Michigan where she majored in Dance and Pre-Physical Therapy; followed by an independent study graduate program at the Alvin Ailey School of dance. she studied dance with Milton Myers, Ann Marie Forsythe, and Maguette Camara along with various other instructors. She now performs with Fusha Dance Company, and others in the US and internationally.

N’tifafa Akoko

N’tifafa Akoko

Shanika Johnson was born and raised in New York City. As a young girl, she studied dance at the Dance Theater of Harlem and with The Arts Connection Inc. In Middle School, she studied modern dance under the instruction of Alvin Ailey dancer Arthur Sabb.

While in college, she began to take HIp-Hop, Street Jazz and African dance classes with various teachers around New York City: In her studies, she met Funmilayo Chesney, and became a member of her Congolese dance company, FUSHA Dance Company, and performed with the company throughout the tri-state area.

Aside from performing with FUSHA dance company, Shanika has taught Street Jazz, and African dance at Movement of the Children Dancenter in Queens; and has taught Burlesque with AllureDanceNYC.

Shanika Johnson

Shanika Johnson

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