"To see the dance and feel the music is to know our story"
Harambee Dance Company has been a proud contributor to the cultural arts scene since It's establishment in 1992. Over the years we have provided innovative and exciting performances that weave traditional African and contemporary dance styles and music to share stories reflective of our diverse cultures. These stories honor the past and present, adversities and achievements and inspire people to pull together. We bring our mission to life through a diverse array of offerings, including captivating performances, immersive workshops, enriching lessons, and more.
In Swahili Harambee means “let us pull together.” That is the core foundation of which Harambee Dance Company was founded on. In 1992, the husband-and-wife duo of Sandella and Frank Malloy laid the foundation for Harambee Dance Company in Charleston, South Carolina. As a significant port of entry for African slaves, Charleston retains its historical significance as the heart of Gullah tradition—an amalgamation of African and Western cultures. Relocating to New York City in 1996, the company continues to captivate audiences both locally and globally, spreading the energy and richness of their artistic expressions. Harambee creatively amalgamates the essence of African and African-American dance and music, presenting it through a fresh and innovative contemporary lens. Under the direction of Artistic Director and resident choreographer Sandella Malloy, the ensemble has crafts a dynamic repertoire that seamlessly blends African-based movement, modern dance forms, live percussion, original music, and vibrant costumes. These compelling performances serve as a reflection of the grandeur of the African Diaspora. Emphasizing the familial bond, Harambee Dance Company evolved into a family-run enterprise. The Malloy family's commitment to their artistry extends to Atlanta, where they have established an extended branch, exemplifying the true essence of a family-driven artistic venture.