Performance Project

Artists of the African Diaspora

Origins, Immigration, Creation

Diaspora Performance Project gives professional support to 5 selected cultural artists. Our program, launched in 2018, seeks to support our thriving community of Artists of the African Diaspora and provide opportunity for the development of new work, deep and meaningful connection to our community, and performance opportunity. 

Tannery World Dance and Cultural Center (TWDCC) has made it a priority through our mission to sustain a dance and cultural space that supports Santa Cruz and Bay Area professional artists, and specifically, artists who have left their country of origin or have second and third generation immigrant experiences that inform their work directly. This support is done through offering affordable dance space to teach out of, curating performance opportunities that present the work, encourage further development of the form, and provide opportunities for a new generation of students to learn from these artists.

Upcoming Diaspora Performance Project Shows

Ndogi is a true Congolese story choreographed by Vivien Bassouamina, diaspora artist of the Tannery World Dance & Cultural Center. He brings diaspora artists to share humanity through a story of finding the light in the darkness. Featuring Woté Rufine, Shawn Merriman Roberts, Lamine Bangoura, Eli Mabanza and Makaya.

This is a one night performance only.

Location: London Nelson Center, Santa Cruz
When: Saturday, January 8th, 2022. 8 pm.
Tickets: $25 presale/ $30 at the door
Sponsored by: The Tannery World Dance & Cultural Center

Weekly Diaspora Performance Project Classes

Adult Classes are limited in size, drop-in only, and may be cancelled on short notice. Please call TWDCC at (831) 332-1398 to confirm a class is happening. Plan to arrive early to assure your spot, to fill out the TWDCC Waiver, and so your teacher can start their class on time.

Adult classes are drop in only and take cash. 

DPP classes can have irregular schedules around the holidays.
Please click here to be redirected to our Adult Class page to check for cancellations.

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Past Diaspora Performance Project Events


The Tannery World Dance + Cultural Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is committed to equity, access and excellence in dance education and performance. Through our classes, scholarships, festivals and community events, TWDCC links artists, audiences and communities throughout Santa Cruz and the greater Bay Area.

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