# 24: Racism, Dance & Canceled Culture -Zahra Badua pt.1

On todays Episode we have Zahra Badua a Dance educator and Choreographer sharing her Covid experience or when life went on pause as she calls it. Zahra is from Ghana but grew up in Montreal, Quebec. Her passion for dance started at a very young age as a means to understand and learn about her African heritage. She is a trained Traditional West African and Afro-Caribbean folklore dancer.  Through discovery and learning she is also skilled in Dancehall, Afrobeats and Soca. In Montreal, she was apart of dance companies such as WestCan Folklore Performing Company and Obaa Sima. In moving to Toronto, Zahra took an eight year hiatus  to pursue her studies but realized dance was her true calling. Since returning to dance, she has had the privilege to be a member of dance companies such as Coco Collective, Alpha Rhythm and Roots, Unrulygyal Performance Team and the BlackStars Collective. She is a faculty teacher and cultural ambassador for Anew Daei, Dance n Culture and Afiwi Groove. She has also taught cultural sessions in many schools within the Toronto, Peel and Durham  District School Boards. Dance for Zahra is her means of communication to show the beauty of the Diaspora. She is the founder of ZahraMoves. ZahraMoves is an educational and performance based company composed of dancers from different  backgrounds whose sole purpose is to showcase dances that are fusions of African and Caribbean styles as well as demonstrate the beauty and power behind Black/Brown girl magic. Zahra also teaches all over the GTA and uses her classes as a means to not only educate people about her culture but also to promote happiness, self-expression and confidence building. This episode will reveal what was going on in the dance Scene in Toronto during the first few waves of the pandemic. She elaborates on how many silenced topics in the dance world in Toronto was now brought to light due to 1 major event in 2020.  Follow Zahra on Instagram @zahra_moves  Website:www.zahramoves.com This episode is available on all major podcast platforms. Follow Umami Conversations on Facebook and Instagram @umamiconversations.  Thank you for sharing, following, subscribing, downloading our content.

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