Saleana is an artist, educator, choreographer and dancer. Native to Philadelphia, her roots in dance and theater began at the New Freedom Theater and Philadanco working with such dance legends as Pearl Primus, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar of Urban Bush Women, Deborah Chase of Alvin Ailey, and Dr. Kariamu Welsh among others. She is distinguished as one of three Master Teachers in the world in the "Umfundalai Technique" by the Institute of African Dance Research and Performance and is recognized at national conferences and universities for her intense training practices and gift of empowering dancers to embody the historical, social-cultural and aesthetic traditions of African-based dance forms. Driven by her scholarship in African Christianity, she artistically explores and produces cutting-edge multi-media dance works aimed to inspire, inform and liberate.
This fall Saleana will be teaching DANC 043. Dance Technique: African I and DANC 053. Dance Technique: African II.