Dance to a Different Drum

Dance to a Different DrumAbout the Artist:
Nana Agyeiwaah Anan is founder/director of Dance To A Different Drum, Inc., a cultural arts and education organization dedicated to building communities and celebrating African and American art.  A performing, literary, recording, design, and teaching artist, she authors and delivers stage show performances and curricula that provide student and teacher training and education for pre-K and elementary-school aged youth, using African and African-American dance, music, literature and culture.  As a writer, multi-faceted performer and cultural arts educator, she consistently explore the commonalities of African and American cultures though music, dance, drama, storytelling, poetry, and narrative verse.

Her forte is using the arts in education, teaching and portraying African dance, music and culture in an American context, having worked with numerous choreographers & traditionalists in the U.S., Ghana and Senegal, WEST AFRICA. Nana has worked as an artist-in-residence at over 200 inner-city schools and community centers, since 1993.  Described as a creative and expressive instructor whose motivational techniques raise the self esteem of her students, she has taught students from 3-year-olds to adults with varying levels of ability.

Current Projects:
Nana has written, produced and performs works from her 3 albums, including Hooked on Rhythm; Sing-along Songs, Tell-along Stories & Do-along Dances and Dance 4 Life children’s CDs. Author, Curriculum Development for Arts-In-Education ‘how to’ guide for artist training (2006) in the Dance for Life project, funded by MetLife; and Dr. Pearl Primus: Anthropologist, Cultural Arts Educator, Dancer workbook for smART stART residencies, funded, in part, by National Endowment for the Arts.  This curriculum is used to teach phonemic awareness and literacy awareness to pre-k and kindergarten children.  Other shows include Against My Will, a one-act, one-woman play that breaks the silence surrounding the far reaching affects of violence against women.

Nana Agyeiwaah Anan
(678) 328-0445 or (404) 454-7537
P.O. Box 5011
Atlanta, GA  30302
Facebook/Twitter: Nana Agyeiwaah Anan

Fee Structure:

Artistic Discipline:

  • theater
  • dance
  • music
  • spoken word
  • poetry
  • literary arts
  • multidisciplinary
  • folkloric/traditional cultural
  • storytelling

Special programs available for:

  • Colleges and universities
  • K-12
  • Senior Centers

Alternate ROOTS supports the creation and presentation of original art that is rooted in communities of place, tradition or spirit. We are a group of artists and cultural organizers based in the South creating a better world together. As Alternate ROOTS, we call for social and economic justice and are working to dismantle all forms of oppression—everywhere.