Mission Statement

Sankofa Dance Theater creates and presents world-class, authentic African art in the form of dance, music, and folkways for national and international audiences. The work of the Company is rooted in healing and bringing intercultural understanding to the global village while staying true to the definition of the word “Sankofa” which means to learn from the past in an effort to build for the future.  Sankofa Dance Theater reaches back into the rich legacy of African culture and history to move forward into greater awareness and sensitivity to the world community.


Sankofa Dance Theater is a premier professional African Dance and Drum Ensemble.

The Company believes that art serves as a perfect catalyst for a healthy world community and actively provides comprehensive programming to increase the quality of life. Sankofa presents, produces, and promotes annual concerts, master classes, workshops, residencies, youth arts programs, community engagement activities, as well as African study and cultural tours.

Sankofa Dance Theater was founded in 1989 and has reached major milestones.  The Company continually serves the Baltimore/Washington, DC area with programmatic activities and performances.  

In 1991 Sankofa Dance Theater began touring extensively nationally and internationally:

" Roots Festival, KY
" The Native Land, TX, MD, FL, LA, PA and NY
" ArtScape, MD
" Annual Black History Month Concert, MD
" Annual Celebrate the African Spirit, MD
" SMILE Fund Raiser, DC
" Annual Kunta Kinte Festival, MD
" Harvest Concert, MD
" Dance Africa, DC, IL, NY
" The Rotterdam International Arts Festival, Rotterdam, Netherlands
" Roots Festival, The Gambia
" Blais Senghor Cultural Center, Dakar, Senegal
" Le Studio de Ballet Guinea, Dark Senegal
" Djola Village, The Gambia, West Africa
" Kairaba Beach Hotel, Kololi, Gambia
" Wunmi Productions, Canada, Germany, France, Portugal, England, NYC, Japan, South Africa

Sankofa Dance Theater

the voice of the past ... Forever-reaching forward to carry the light of understanding into the future.