Master Class: Darian & Daaimah

Daaimah’s personal and spiritual relationship to her artistry has made her a most sought-after performer, teacher and choreographer in the United States and abroad. Her gifts have earned her the distinction of being the first person to win a Bessie Award (the 2017 award for Best Performer) for African-based dance. Her music video credits include Black Coffee’s “Come with Me”, in which she was the lead choreographer, and Styles P’s “Never Fight an African”, in which she performed her own solo choreography. She also filmed for the Hollywood production Step-Up 3D and has danced alongside artists such as Alicia Keys. Daaimah is probably best known for her work in live dance and musical theater, having performed at such internationally renowned venues as the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the Apollo Theater, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Harlem Stage/Aaron Davis Hall and Black Dance USA. Learn more about Daaimah at

Specializing in West African dance styles from Mali and Guinea, Dr. Darian M. Parker is a choreographer, teacher and internationally touring performer. His artistry has merited awards from the Jerome Foundation, Harlem Stage Fund for New Work, and the New Haven Arts Council. His performance credits include the Hollywood film Step Up 3D, The Fats Waller National Tour, which featured Meshell N’Degeocello and MacArthur recipient Jason Moran, and the G’Bassikolo Mexican National Tour. He has completed teaching residencies at such institutions as SUNY Purchase. Outside of dance, Dr. Parker is the founder and CEO of Parker Academics, a Manhattan-based test prep and tutoring company (, and is a published author in the fields of anthropology and educational philosophy. He graduated from Yale University with his PhD, M. Phil and MA in anthropology and African American Studies, and is a professor of anthropology in NYU’s Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies.

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