A Message From ASASE YAA
We miss you all and hope everyone is following the recommended COVID-19 protocols to help us get through this pandemic as a community and family. The next two weeks in New York may be our most challenging to date. We urge everyone to stay home and practice social distancing as suggested. If you go out, remember to stay 6 feet apart from other individuals, wear gloves, a mask, and adhere to all of the disinfecting protocol, cleaning countertops, sinks etc.
This is a time when we all have to take responsibility for ourselves, our neighbors, our family, and our friends to protect each other. We are in this together and we will get through this by sticking together. It is important to stay informed by reliable sources as well. We also hope that each of you is protecting your mental space and focusing on the good and positivity in the world as well.
We will be announcing a new online series of virtual dance classes for students of all levels. Look out for an email with scheduling details and instructions on how you can participate. We encourage you to stay positive and enjoy this extra time with your family. You are in our thoughts everyday and we look forward to seeing you all again very soon.
– Rubie Inez Williams, Director of Operations
WHAT MAKES ASASE YAA UNIQUE?
We are one of the few Black-owned African cultural arts organizations in Brooklyn, spurred by a generational torch that has been passed on and maintained for over three and a half decades, which includes 17 years with our current organization.
Serving Low-Income families
We provide “minority” children, single parent households and lower income families in the New York metropolitan community and surrounding areas with exposure to quality cultural performing arts through performances, a summer camp, performing and visual arts classes, and cultural events for little or no cost.
free performing classes
The Foundation focuses on community-oriented programs such as free performing and visual arts classes, scholarships and exposing communities to the arts through productions and events produced by Asase Yaa Entertainment Group, LLC.
THE Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation
The Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation is a Brooklyn-based non-profit organization with a mission to enlighten, uplift and immerse the community at large in all things artful of Africa – in full – in America. The Foundation is the controlling entity of a broad range of arts & cultural services that comprise two primary programs, the Asase Yaa School of the Arts and the Asase Yaa African American Dance Theater. Under the auspices of the School of the Arts, they also sponsor an annual Children’s Summer Arts Camp, and have a thriving Arts Outreach educational program that services public and private schools throughout New York’s five boroughs including Brooklyn, Manhattan, the Bronx and Queens. It’s one of the few Black-owned and run African cultural arts organizations in Brooklyn, and its principals include; Kofi Osei Williams, Chief Executive Director, Rubie Inez Williams, Director of Operations of the Foundation and Yao Ababio, Founder and Artistic Director of the African American Dance Theater.
THE Asase Yaa SCHOOL OF ARTS
The School of the Arts was founded in 2010 with the mission to provide quality dance and drum instruction to boys and girls students ages 3 to 18. Through intensive study and technical training in various dance forms that include tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, modern, and African, students become well versed in their genre over the course of the 37 week program (which typically runs from October to June).
The School offers two major youth programs annually in addition to the classes and regular curriculum they offer in public, charter, and public schools.
THE Asase Yaa AFRICAN AMERICAN DANCE THEATER
Where ever they perform, the Asase Yaa African American Dance Theater becomes the audience’s favorite African dance and drum company, a reputation that we have worked diligently to maintain.