Imani Faye

Hanro Janse van Rensburg

Imani Faye has an extensive professional resume and prolific career as a dancer, choreographer and teaching artist. She began her dance training at the Jamaica School of Dance in Kingston Jamaica where she performed with the National Dance Theatre Company. In New York she received scholarships to The Ailey School and Dance Theatre of Harlem. She continued her training at Steps, Broadway Dance Center and Fareta School of African Dance. Imani has taught all age groups teaching and conducting workshops for Harlem School of the Arts, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Virginia School of the Arts, Dance Theatre of Harlem, The Museum of African Art, New Jersey Performing Arts Center and multitude of public schools and community based programs servicing NYC youths. She is on faculty at the Ailey School teaching in the Junior and Professional Divisions as well as Ailey Arts In Education and the Ailey Extension. She was also a member of the Alvin Ailey Revelations curriculum tour. Imani has taught at higher education institutions such as Sarah Lawrence, Hunter College, Wesleyan University and New York University. She has performed with several dance companies including Forces of Nature, Chuck Davis Dance Company, Opus Dance Company, Ballet Bagata, Maimouna Keita and Les Guirivoire Dance Company from the Ivory Coast. She also performed with Sing-Sing Rhythms from Senegal, Wyclef Jean, the Savoy Swingers in New York City, Jazz musicians Cecil Taylor and Sun Ra in Europe and the U S. Imani can be seen in videos such as PBS “Dance Black America,” Angelique Kidjo’s “Batonga” video and she choreographed “Dances of the Djembe Orchestra” instructional video series which is at the Lincoln Center Performing Arts LIbrary. She was also featured on Sesame Street as an instructor with students from the Ailey school Junior Division and a co- choreographer for the Ailey Gala at Lincoln Center.