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Katherine Smith Contemporary Dance Ensemble


KSCDE is committed to representing a high-level standard of excellence and artistry, traditionally preparing ALL dancers of today in the dedication and discipline to become future professional dance artists.

Our artists possess a prevalent and unwavering passion for the professional world of dance.  Under the guidance and direction of Artistic Director, Katherine Smith, dancers continue to develop their technical and performance skills with opportunities to perform throughout the greater Washington, DC Metropolitan area, participating in special community and seasonal events, as well as KSCDE’s own sponsored annual programs.  Ensemble members will also have the opportunity to experience a few master classes, workshops, seminars and choreographers from various professional artists to further cultivate their artistic gift. Ensemble members present various styles of works created by the artistic director as well as local and national choreographers.

Farafina Kan - The Adinkra Group

Farafina KanThe Adinkra Group is an African Cultural Resource Company based in Washington, DC. Our mission is to connect people of African descent with the culture and traditions of Africa through the Arts and Education.

We fulfill our mission through the following:

-Ownership and operation of The Adinkra Cultural Arts Studio located in Mt. Rainier, Maryland where we teach, promote and preserve African Cultural Arts through music, dance and visual art for children ages 2 through adult.

-Management and promotion of Farafina Kan: The Sound of Africa, an intergenerational West African Drum and Dance performing ensemble.

-Production of an annual African drum and dance concert entitled BIRTHRIGHT – a celebration of African Culture through drum, dance and theater arts.

-BIRTHRIGHT Journeys – plan, sponsor and facilitate trips to Africa connecting through cultural immersion, tourism and special projects.