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The Nation’s #1 Afro Russe Dance Company
MufukaWorks Dance Company was developed by Elsie Mufuka in 2010 with the inspiration of providing dance education and performances for the community. This inspiration grounded in Mufuka’s Zimbabwean lineage; professional experience; and, international travels has afforded her the opportunity to offer dance education programs and performances within a diverse community. Since the opening of the company, MufukaWorks has started dance education programs. Some of these programs include dance education at the Burton Wells Recreation Center in Beaufort, SC, Albemarle Road Recreation Center located in Charlotte, NC as well as Dance Education Workshops at Whale Branch Elementary, Beaufort, SC, Bluffton School of Dance, Bluffton, SC, and former Chair of the Board for Charlotte Dance Festival, Charlotte, NC. Additionally, Mufuka has brought dance performances to the International House in Charlotte, NC, Lexington International Festival in Lexington, NC, Gullah Festival, Piccolo Spoleto, Links Inc. Dance Performance School Series, Levine Children’s Hospital, Charlotte Emerging Young Artist Dance Festival, Blumnethal Performing Arts, and Juneteenth Festival just to mention a few. Mufuka has received Charlotte Ballet presents 2019 Dance Educator of the Year, Outstanding Young Alumni Award from Coker College, Teacher of the Year from Dance Machine, full scholarship winner to Dance USA from Knight Foundation, Teacher of the Year of Benton Heights Elementary, Top 20 Teacher of the Year of Union County Public Schools. MufukaWorks Dance Company has been selected as AMERICA'S GOT TALENT reality filming for promotional video 2018. The Company repertory is Return to Sender, One Blood, Our World: the stories of our community, Invisible, “I AM”, Vadazi-Women Experience, and Circle of Unity.
MufukaWorks Dance Company serves as an umbrella to MufukaWorks Dance Education Program, MufukaWorks Elite Root Dance Professional Company (first company), MufukaWorks Square Root Dance Youth Company (second company).
To use the Afro Russe (a fusion of Zimbabwean African, Ballet, and Contemporary) style of dance as a vehicle to convey human life stories. This style was developed by Elsie Mufuka to give the dancers and audience an all-around cultural and dance experience and getting also a complete understanding of mind, body, and soul with all dance cultures.
What is Afro Russe Dance?
A dance style of the company. Afro Russe is a fusion of African, Ballet, and Contemporary Dance developed by Elsie Mufuka. African dance is considered by most the root of all dances. Ballet is the basics of all dances. Nevertheless, Contemporary is the breakaway of formalized dance.