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Kulu Mele’s home show a resounding SUCCESS!

On Sat., Dec. 1st, Kulu Mele presented “Journey,” its 2018 annual home show of world premiere dance and drumming works, plus company classics. For the third year in a row, the show was held at the beautiful, state-of-the-art Kurtz Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia’s East Oak Lane neighborhood. It was, as always, a resounding success.
“I don’t know how she does it, but year after year, Mama Dottie produces a gorgeous new show,” commented one elated patron after the performance. “Journey” included traditional West African and Afro-Cuban works, hip-hop, drumming interludes, and a vocal performance. It ended with a video preview of next year’s show, “Ogun & the People,” which will be Kulu Mele’s 50th Anniversary production. Major support for “Ogun & the People” has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. “Journey” SOLD OUT completely. Kulu Mele is exploring a larger venue for next year’s 50th anniversary show. “Journey” received a rave review from dance writer Courtney Colón, in The Dance Journal

Kulu Mele’s 2018-2019 season, including its annual home show, “Journey,”  is generously sponsored in part by The Orisa Community Development Corporation, Joe Quinones, Chairman. Recognizing the survival of Orisa traditions globally as both a miracle and blessing, The Orisa CDC serves practitioners of Yoruba Orisa tradition within the New York and Philadelphia metro areas. Connect with the CDC on Facebook.

“1st Thursday” African dance classes for adults 16+

Next class: Thursday, Jan. 3

Join Kulu Mele dance captain Ama Schley for African dance classes for adults age 16+, the first Thursday of each month. Next class: Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019. All classes held at Community Education Center, 3500 Lancaster Ave., 2nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19104. 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. $10 cash only at the door (exact change appreciated.) NO prior dance experience necessary. Come for FUN, community, a great workout and a cultural journey. TIP: Arrive early for a chance to find free on-site parking behind the building.

Kulu Mele dance & drumming classes for children ages 5 to 18 now enrolling

Call 917-238-0756 or email for more information and to enroll. A great way to start the new year!  Then, celebrate the end of the school year in June, when your children show you what they’ve learned, as they perform for you on a real stage in a real theater. Classes held Sunday afternoons at 954 Dance Movement Collective, 954 North 8th Street, Philadelphia, 19133. Finale performance at the Performance Garage, 1515 Brandywine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130.

Kulu Mele to perform at Childs Elementary School

Thanks to generous support from the Philadelphia Cultural Fund’s Youth Arts Enrichment program, students at G.W. Childs Elementary School will be treated to an in-school assembly performance by Kulu Mele on Friday, Dec. 21st. Kulu Mele performs regularly in schools throughout the Delaware Valley and beyond, and the company receives a standing ovation from students and faculty every time. Kulu Mele’s school shows are highly entertaining, but also are educational and interactive. Students stand at their seats and learn simple dance moves. To inquire about a school show at your child’s school, please call 917-238-0756 or email

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Highlights from Celebrating Senegal, the all-new show that Kulu Mele premiered at the Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia, during November, 2015
Hip hop encore at Jacob's Pillow.
Omo Kulu Mele children's show, June 6, 2015
Kulu Mele performance as part of the Pope's visit to Philadelphia, September 26, 2015
Kulu Mele performance as part of the Come Together Dance Festival in Philadelphia, July, 2015
Kulu Mele dancer Tekeytha Fullwood sings as well as she dances -- check out her new music video!

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