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LANNAYA

aka Lannaya Drum & Dance   |   Austin, TX   |  http://lannaya.org

Mission

Lannaya Drum & Dance (Lannaya) is a nonprofit 501 c(3) performing arts organization, formed in 2000. Our mission is to expose and educate audiences to authentic and progressive interpretations of drum & dance of the African diaspora. We are committed to preserving the vibrant cultural traditions of West Africa through workshops, performances, interactive school shows, drum/dance classes, and a host of special events. In the Su Su 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.

Ruling year info

2007

Managing Director

Ms. Tonya Pennie

Main address

PO Box 40577

Austin, TX 78704 USA

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Formerly known as

Lannaya West African Drum & Dance Ensemble

Lannaya West African Drum and Dance Ensemble

Lannaya

EIN

20-8127115

NTEE code info

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

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Rhythm & Movement of West Africa!

Description:
Lannaya Drum & Dance will kick it into into high gear with electrifying and engaging drum performances, especially designed for moving and grooving!

The Rhythm & Movement of West Africa! features fast and fun footwork, and is ideal for all ages and experience levels. The program consists of an interactive performance of African diasporic drum and dance, featuring rhythms primarily from the country of Guinea. Lannaya company members will lead students in guided exploration of selected dance movements, rhythms, and cultural significance.

Performers will also share how live African drums provide the heartbeat of athletic, polyrhythmic social dances, with drummers using hand-crafted percussion instruments like the doun doun/djun djun, a two-headed bass drum made of cowhide and played with sticks, and djembé, a medium-sized drum made with goat or cow hide and played with the hands.

The Rhythm & Movement of West Africa! allows scholars, their friends, families, and life-long learners an opportunity to learn playful, energetic dance moves from the African diaspora.

Purpose and Program Key Features:
* Spark awareness and interest in the arts, specifically African diasporic drum and dance;
* Nurture a deep and impactful sense of wonder;
* Opportunity to experience and engage in drum and dance of the African diaspora;
* Enhance public understanding and appreciation of African/black diasporic dance and its cultural and historical significance, eg. culture specific reasons why polyrhythmic songs are played in villages and cities of West Africa, etc.;
* Cultivate knowledge and skills, achieved through interactive instruction and performance.
* Introduce the culture, traditional music and dance of countries like Guinea, Mali, Ghana, etc.
* Complement STARR and TEKS requirements by introducing music vocabulary, authentic instruments, dance, history, geography and culture.
* Suitable for small/large audiences, and diverse facilities.
* Suitable for students in grades K-12, and lifelong learners!

Scholars will:
* See and hear traditional instruments from Africa and the diaspora (Guinea, Ghana, etc.).
* See traditional costumed dances.
* Learn a song(s).
* Be exposed to cultural history and legacy of African diasporic art forms.
* Be invited onstage to learn and perform traditional dance steps.

Rationale
Arts education helps scholars succeed. New research released in 2017 by the Texas Cultural Trust ("State of the Arts Report." Austin, TX), proves the arts have a Texas-sized impact on:
GRADUATION RATES: 15% higher pass rates on standardized tests. The arts help Texas students stay in school.
COLLEGE READINESS: 1/2 as likely to drop out of school. Students who take more arts classes are more likely to attend college.
TEST SCORES: Less discipline problems, higher attendance. Better access to the arts means better test scores.
LIFE SKILLS: 2x as likely to attend college. The arts foster leadership, critical thinking, and other valuable life skills.

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Children and youth
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LANNAYA

Board of directors
as of 08/05/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Clark Richards

Richards, Rodriguez & Skeith LLP

Term: 2012 -

Imani Aanu

Pat Buchta

KVUE-TV/DT Austin

Krysta Gonzales

Armbrust & Brown, PLLC

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

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Black/African American
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Female, Not transgender
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  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
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  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.