AUG 13- 28, 2022

YENSA Festival, produced by Lua Shayenne Dance Company (LSDC), is an international biennial festival that celebrates the work of women in dance, from African and Afro-diasporic culture.

YENSA Festival invites audiences to engage and celebrate with us the incredible evolution of Black dance, have conversations about the diversity of African Diasporic aesthetics, its histories and politics from a female perspective.

YENSA Festival 2022 began with a series of workshops followed by a public talk and conversation. The closing weekend featured two different program performances at Daniels Spectrum’s Ada Slaight Hall on August 26 and 27; and August 28 closed the festival with an ATSIA CIRCLE – a dance and drum celebration for all to join in!

                      THANK YOU !!

Administrator Monica Pain, Festival coordinator Samara DeSantos, Production manager and lighting designer Arun Srinivasan, Stage manager Tara Mohan, Assistant stage manager Tanvi Vyas, LSDC’s board of directors, our volunteers, support staff, partners, sponsors, audience and workshops participants.

YENSA Festival has more surprises in store for 2022/23 – STAY tuned!

Our next YENSA Festival will be in 2024!

Our 2022 YENSA Festival has ended on a high note!

Our curator and producer Lua Shayenne extends her deep gratitude:

“I couldn’t be happier about the outcome of our first inaugural YENSA Festival.

All the elements were present: The support from the broader arts community, a spiritual atmosphere and a strong sense of community fostered by the audience and workshops’ participants. 

Black female dance artists shared their diverse art practices through the power of movement, rhythm, song, and storytelling. 

Sisterhood and solidarity were omnipresent. 

Folks of all races, spiritual practice, age and gender came to celebrate black women, reflect, engage and fill their spirits. 

My spirit is certainly soaring high.”