Dance is for everybody. I believe that the dance came from the people and that it should always be delivered back to the people..


Alvin Ailey

Photo by Mark Coplan



Modern Dance

Photographs by Laura Turbow



"Berkeley High School’s African and African-Derived Dance Program teaches students the fundamentals of dance and culture evolved from the African diaspora. This program began during the Black Arts Movement (1965-1975), which focused on the empowerment of Black culture primarily through different art forms such as dance and theater. This course along with the African-American English course at Berkeley High School established its renowned African American Studies department. Passionately led by Naomi (Mama) Washington-Diouf since 1991, this program has gained a powerful reputation among other Bay Area schools, influencing them to incorporate similar programs. The course originally revolved around Afro-Haitian Dance but now includes a range of other African and African-Derived dances such as African hip hop fusion and Caribbean dance."