Culture and Education
If you teach me my history, I will know who I am.
If you show me my culture I will see my people's greatness
reflected in me.
The African Princess Dance Troupe was developed to engage and mentor students of African descent.
We Utilize African dance to share our love of African music, dance and rich culture. We aim high to instill pride in our African culture, by utilizing our God-given talent to help our brothers and sisters in the diaspora, and in our home countries and to put into practice the following principles:
To share our love of African music and dance with Canadians.
To instill pride in our African culture.
To utilize our God-given talent to help our brothers and sisters in Africa, and others around the world.
To portray a positive image of young African Canadian women.
The troupe is currently active in Saskatoon, SK however, Onyxstasia Canadian Dance Academy is expanding into Ottawa and is recruiting new members (boys and girls ages 10 to 18) for a second chapter of the African Princess Dance Troupe to train and perform at special events, schools and fundraisers in Ottawa.
Email: for auditions.
Our ultimate goal is to portray a positive image of young African Canadian women
Studio Sankofa aims to take African Caribbean dance classes to another level...an educational level.
Participants learn the history and the significance of the movements and are encouraged to advance through three levels which serve as rites of passage proving they have mastered concepts of self-identity as well as the dances.
Kibibi- Level 1
Morowa- Level 3
Khari- Level 1
Ade- Level 2
Oheneba- Level 3
At Onyxstasia, we stand behind our philosophy that culturally relevant arts and crafts are a tangible way of teaching students self-love, positive identity and instill pride in their heritage.
We engage students in age-apropriate, purposeful arts and crafts they can proudly take home as a reminder of their inherent greatness.
culturally relevant arts and crafts
Rites of Passage
Under The Palm Tree is a mobile, interactive tropical storytelling garden that makes children's’ literature come alive with traditional African songs, dance, drumming, African history and culturally relevant crafts. Participants (ages 3-7) are given the opportunity to dance to live African rhythms, learn to count in Swahili to the beat of the drum. They engage in interactive gross motor games and sing along to African cultural songs as they listen to animated storytelling in the African oral tradition. Tangible African artifacts are introduced and beaded ankle shakers with bells are made to dance with and take home.