About Us

Dedicated to performing, teaching and celebrating drum and dance of the African diaspora.

Lannaya Drum & Dance (Lannaya) is a nonprofit 501 c(3) organization formed in 2000. Our mission is to expose and educate audiences to authentic and progressive interpretations of drum and dance of the African diaspora.

We are committed to preserving the vibrant cultural traditions of West Africa through engaging and interactive workshops, performances and instruction at K-12 schools, festivals, community/cultural events, galas, parties, receptions, and a host of special events.

In Su Su, a language of Guinea, Lannaya means “confidence.” It’s what we seek to express in our work and instill in audiences through a variety of programming suitable for small/large audiences, and diverse facilities, including:

Venues Where We’ve Performed/Taught: Long Center, Paramount Theater, One World Theater, Austin City Limits at the Moody Theater, George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Geneaology Center.

Festivals Where We’ve Performed/Taught: {254}Dance-Fest, Waco Cultural Arts Festival, and San Antonio Folk Dance Festival. We’ve performed and/or taught at outdoor festivals including Dance Africa FestAustin City Limits Music FestivalAustin New Year, and Austin FanFest (a downtown party celebrating the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix). We’ve opened for international headliners like Grupo Fantasma (Grammy award‐winning Austin‐based Latin funk jam band).

We regularly perform and/or teach on campuses throughout the Austin and Central Texas area, especially elementary and middle schools. Book us here!                                                                      

This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.

 

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