Learning African ways

Raissa Tetanish
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Mufaro Chakabuda (right) teaches students at Amherst Regional High School some African dance moves. Chakabuda spent the day in the school teaching about the dance, as well as Africa itself. Raissa Tetanish - Amherst Daily News

AMHERST - She's performed at President Barack Obama's inaugural ball, but it's seeing the students complete a move that wows Mufaro Chakabuda.

 

Chakabuda, who's originally from Zimbabwe, spent Tuesday at Amherst Regional High School teaching the students not only about African dance, but the continent itself.

"It's important to have the students really learn about African culture," said Chakabuda.

In 2005, Chakabuda opened the Maritime Centre for African Dance.

Since then, the business has grown to include 14 instructors from different parts of Africa and 35 drummers. She said the organization hosts African dance workshops throughout the province and in schools.

 

Chakabuda feels it's her mission to educate youth about African dance and culture, possibly inspiring someone from a small community to visit Africa someday out of curiosity.

Organizations: Amherst Regional High School, Maritime Centre

Geographic location: Africa, Zimbabwe

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