About
MUNTU

In the Bantu language, "muntu" means "the essence of humanity." It's what the Company seeks to express in its work and to touch in its audiences.

Through its performances, Muntu strives to create an atmosphere of communal participation, encouraging and inspiring audiences and participants to join in the celebration! 

Founded in 1972, The Chicago-based Muntu Dance Theatre performs authentic and progressive interpretations of contemporary and ancient African and African-American dance, music, and folklore. A colorful and dynamic Company, Muntu brings its audiences out of their seats and into the aisles with its unique synthesis of dance, rhythm and song. 

The Company is highly regarded for its innovative repertory, preserving traditional African dance while creating new works that build on African, Caribbean and African-American cultural traditions. We carefully research the cultural and historical significance of the dances and the societies from which they originate. 

Muntu is more than just a performing company. We are also a company of teachers: an essential element to the perpetuation of our art form and its accurate transmittal to our audiences. Muntu's core programs include professional performances both at home and abroad, comprehensive community arts programs, classes for the public and professional training for emerging new young artists. 

We understand that there is merit in all cultures. We seek to appreciate the differences in order to amplify the similarities.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Sidney Dillard, Chairperson

Robert Rose, Treasurer

Saran Dunmore

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR                 Sekou"Tepaka Lunda" Conde

sekou@muntu.com

ARTISTIC STAFF

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR                     Regina Perry-Carr

ASSOCIATE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Idris Daniel

 

ASSISTANT  ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Shakeena President-Beckford

MUSICAL DIRECTOR

Sekou "Tepaka Lunda" Conde

COMPANY MEMBERS

Dancers:

Nicholas Brokemond
Celease Brown
Donna Callender

Beverly Carrington
Indika Dullea
Tasha Maya Gibson
Cheretta Hill- Botchwey

Alhassan Iddrisu
Kayla Moore
Attiyya Muhammad
Jeremy Noah

Koya Odum
Uche Omoniyi

Carol Ika President 

Shakeena President-Beckford
Delia Tyler
Mark Vaughn

Iyabo Williams 

 

Apprentice: 

Akanke' Davis 

Nandipha Dubois

Samara Dickerson 

Drummers:

Idris Daniel 

Paul Cotton
Lance Smith
Babu Atiba Walker
Enoch Williamson
Tyler Whittler

CONTACT US

Muntu Dance Thetare of Chicago

1809 E 71st ST, Suite 203. Chicago, IL 60649

Tel: 773-241-6080 / Fax: 773-241-6089

© 2019 Muntu Dance Theatre. 

OPENING HOURS

Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm