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BOOM: A showcase of RESISTANCE in ANCESTRAL unity
201 Camp @ Camp North End (by the zipper mural)
Charlotte, NC
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BOOM: A showcase of RESISTANCE in ANCESTRAL unity
MufukaWorks Dance Co. Kubatanidza Connecting in Shona: Dance
This piece was inspired by the social media viral video on Africans vs. African Americans; however, the end in mind is we are all connected. Do you see us? We are one tribe. We are from the mother of all nations, Africa. We have faced adversity and are still standing. This dance work will take the audience on a timeline of where the pathological pathways have created a mindset of Africans vs African Americans. Yet, we are more powerful as one tribe.

Elsie Mufuka is the founder/director of MufukaWorks Dance Co. established in 2010 with her own trademarked style, Afro Russe (fusion of Zimbabwean, Ballet, and Contemporary Dance). She is also a Dance Educator at McClintock Middle. Her resume also includes Charlotte Ballet, Boom Festival Clt, and DAACLT (Dance Artists Alliance of Charlotte) Board Member.

She was the recipient of the 2019 NC Teacher of the Year award. Mufukas education includes Masters of Arts Administration from Winthrop University and a BA in Dance and Communications from Coker University.

ASHA Not Your Masis Generation: Spoken Word
Not Your Masis Generation was born out of a search for inter-generational healing. This spoken word showcase is an exploration of the East African Desi diaspora and the impact of the 1972 exile on future generations. ASHA takes the audience on a storytelling journey of reflection and radical dreaming. In Gujarati, Masi means Auntie. Join ASHA on her quest to honor the ancestors, while confronting the challenges of dreaming beyond the pasts limitations.



ASHA is a queer, disabled, multidisciplinary artist, abolitionist educator, and child of the East African Desi diaspora currently located in the Bay Area of California. She has been featured on the cover of Content Magazine, KQED Arts, and many of the prominent poetry events in the Bay Area, as well as an active speaker, emcee, and performer at numerous rallies and marches for civil and human rights. Her Tedx tells her own personal story of identity through poetry. She published Crawling in my Skin in 2019, a Kafkaesque exploration of the mind and mental health through the metaphor of ants, which was featured by Brown Girl Mag in 2021, and her latest book release, Not Your Masis Generation, a memoir-like workbook that tackles mental health and healing from intergenerational trauma. Currently she is using the book to run workshops with students in order to support their emotional learning and build the bridge between academics, the arts, and mental health.

ASHA was a public school teacher for the last 10 years in the bay area. She trains teachers throughout California on educational equity, policy and healing. Her dream is to establish her own K-12 school rooted in restorative practices, art, and social justice based standards.

ASHA consistently uses her platform to voice out against injustice and to speak up for those who have been marginalized and silenced for centuries.

Melody Shanahan Juana Gallo A Revolutionary Woman: Dance
I am a ballet dancer who combines Latin/Mexican rhythms to tell a story on stage. My mission has been to break cultural borders through dance as a Mexican-American loving my roots combining classical ballet with Folkloric/Spanish sounds as a unique style. Taking advantage of my Mexican/Irish Heritage has given me an opportunity to express my roots creating a bridge within my ballet dance to tell the story of Hispanic Revolutionary Women. I have the honor to perform Juana Gallo, A Soldadera in the Mexican Revolution and Migration is Beautiful, representing migration through dance as a Monarch butterfly.


Melody Shanahan was born in Charlotte NC. Her Mom is from Mexico and her Dad, from Buffalo, New York, is of Irish heritage. She is a Mexican/Irish girl taking advantage of being multicultural.

Shanahan finished high school last December at North Carolina Cyber Academy at age 16. She is a former student of Northwest School of the Arts. She was a member of the National Honor Society and National Honor Society for Dance Arts. Currently, she is attending Open Doors Studio for Ballet.

Her mission has been to break cultural borders through the art of dance since she was 8 years old. She has been performing since then Irish/Latin jazz, Mexican folkloric dance and ballet on pointe in festivals around SC, Charlotte, Raleigh and Greensboro, NC.

Showing at: 201 Camp Suite 107
Show Times:
Saturday, 4/22 1  2pm + Post Show Q & A
Saturday, 4/22 8:30  9:30pm
Sunday, 4/23 5:30  6:30pm


201 Camp @ Camp North End (by the zipper mural) (View)
201 Camp. Rd. Suite 107
Charlotte, NC 28206
United States


Arts > Dance
Arts > Multidisciplinary
Arts > Performance
Other > Festivals

Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!



There are stairs and a wheelchair lift at the entrance to this venue that is closer to the Beach area and the Ford Building, there is a ramp on the side closer to Graham St. Please contact queos.tix@gmail.com for any accessibility requests.

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