Joy Returns Home: Dance of the African Diaspora and Traditions of Unity

  • Apr 11, 2024
  • Apr 12, 2024
  • Apr 13, 2024
Lewis Center for the Arts, Ellie's Studio
  • Alumni
  • Faculty & Staff
  • Graduate Affairs
  • Public
  • Undergraduate



Event Description

Joy Returns Home: Dance of the African Diaspora and Traditions of Unity, is a three day workshop series featuring Princeton Alumni Terrie Ajile Axam ‘73. Centering Afro-diasporic dance traditions of unity through the cultural arts, the series features the Sympoh Urban Arts breakdancing crew, Ethiopian and Eritrean traditional styles, and Axam’s signature form, Mojah. Each workshop will include historical presentations of the movement's form and function. Following two Mojah intensives, where Axam will share the history and technique of her form, a community showcase on Saturday will feature several signature pieces from Axam’s repertoire. This series highlights African-American and Afro-diasporic storytelling and embodied knowledge within a diverse array of dance traditions, exploring the beautiful plurality of black cultural arts. 


Thursday, April 11 

Ellies Dance Studio, LCA

  • 7:00 -8:00 pm — Break dancing workshop
  • 8:00-10:00 pm — Mojah Dance Intensive

Friday, April 12

Morrison Hall

  • 5:00-6:30 pm — Alumni Presentation followed by Q&A Session

Ellies Dance Studio, LCA

  • 7:00-8:00 pm — Ethiopian and Eritrean Styles Workshop
  • 8:00-10:00 pm — Mojah Dance Intensive 

Saturday, April 13

Ellies Dance Studio, LCA

  • 11:30 am-1:00 pm — Community Celebration & Showcase
Event Type
Art and Culture
Panel Discussion
Event Category
AAS Event


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Any individual, including visitors to campus, who requires accommodation should contact Dionne Worthy ([email protected]) at least one week in advance of the event.