Mariama “Ama” Law (Hip Hop Dance Instructor) was born into African dance culture through Kankouran West African Dance Company, as both parents are founding members. While at University of Maryland (UMD), Ama enjoyed dancing, choreographing and directing DyNaMiC hip hop dance team. Ama graduated with a B.S. in Biology and a certificate in Women’s Studies. After undergrad, Ama intensely studied in New York completing a professional semester at Broadway Dance Center and worked at various physical therapy clinics assisting Howard University dance majors in the recovery process.
As an alumni of local DMV hip hop groups Culture Shock D.C. and KickRocks crew, Ama enjoys staying grounded and connected with the community. Currently, Ama is involved in the rotation of lovely humans teaching at Dance Place DC as part of the Rooting the Dance Series! Ama is also a co-director of Project ChArma, a collective of teaching artists, and hip hop lovers who promote social change through movement. Project ChArma will be presented at the Kennedy Center in April 2024 as the newest recipients of the Local Dance Commissioning Fund!
Ama received her MFA in dance from UMD and is delighted to return as an Artist-in-Residence for the 2023-2025 season. She is a passionate educator, always searching for new avenues to provide inspiration to the future generation of movers to not only become fierce but knowledgeable individuals.