Community Arts Partner

Participant Details

Community Arts Partner Name
Sumayya Diop
Partner Type
Individual
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Individual Bio or
Organizational Statement
Sumayya E. Diop is a performance and teaching artist who specializes in African Diaspora Culture & Folkloric dance, song/chant, and drum. Sumayya is known both locally and nationally  for her vibrant, confident, and grounded style of choreography and performance. She has lived in Boston and New York, and Los Angeles, where she studied and performed professionally as a dancer with  The Music Center on Tour, Debbie Allen, Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, amongst others. In Seattle since 1993, Sumayya has worked as a professional teaching artist with Arts Corps, Spectrum Dance Theater, Centrum Arts and Creative Education, The Power of Hope, and The Nature Consortium.   As an actress, Sumayya has performed professionally  in “Crumbs from the Table of Joy”, under the direction of Valerie Curtis Newton. “For Colored Girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enough” under the direction of Dr. Tawnya Pettiford Wates, and has toured state wide performing a one woman show in “The Right To Dream” under the direction of Living Voices. Sumayya has also worked with UW School of Drama, in a number of productions such as “MacBeth” directed by Justin Emeka. Sumayya attended Cornish College of the Arts, majoring in dance and also worked as Associate Director of Youth Services for the YWCA of Seattle from 2007-2012, where she implemented an arts curriculum for the GirlsFirst program serving girls in 9-12th grades. Sumayya continues to travel, study, teach and perform, and is currently working on a African Youth Folkloric Performance Art Ensemble.

Contact Information

First Name
Sumayya
Last Name
Diop
Address
318 11th Ave. E. #4
Address 2
City
Seattle
State
WA.
Zip
98102
Phone
206-947-4585

Grade Levels Preferred

Grade Levels Preferred
K-2, 3rd - 5th, 6th - 8th

Artistic Disciplines

Type
Specializing in African Folkloric performance dance, song, drum from African Diaspora including Senegal, Mali, Sierra Leone, West Indies and United State.
Discipline
Dance, Music, Multidisciplinary

Experience

Previous School Partnerships
Other Trainings or Certifications
Sample Lesson Description: Student / Classroom Residencies
Sample Workshop Description: Teacher Professional Development

Areas of Experience and Expertise

Approved Professional Development Provider
No
Approved Classroom Residency Provider
Yes
Experience with English Language Learners
None
Experience with Students in Special Education
None

Lesson Plan

Integrated Art
Cultural Art

Teaching Approach

Teaching Philosophy + Approach
Share and increase knowledge of the intersection and collaboration of African, American and Caribbean culture. Increase self esteem, and confidence in children of African descent and others. Building trust with staff, teachers and youth is a priority in my work. Clear and open communication is necessary to articulate ideas. I like to use the strength based model, by identifying strengths of team members and community members.
Curriculum Integration Possibilities
Language Arts, Social studies, Science (how the body works).
Special Skills and Areas of Expertise
Testimonials from Schools
Lynn DeMarco, Program Coordinator @ Low Income Housing Institute  

Fees

Fees

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