Imani Ma'at AnkhmenRa Amen is a visionary, artist, dancer, choreographer, and photographer from Norfolk, VA. She has been trained in multiple dance styles including improvisation, experimental, hip-hop, modern, contemporary, and traditional West-African dance practices. Her primary focus in dance is West-African dance and its various musical patterns and traditions. Through these dance practices, she produces many works with the intention of developing safe spaces while unifying the community and helping others develop higher consciousness through the performing and visual arts. Her goals are to bring forth spiritual healing and to simply encourage others through her work as a versatile creator and artist.
Imani has had the blessed opportunity of being cast as a lead dancer of "V2W" a dance company directed by Valerie Anderson-Winborne a former "Urban Bush Women" (UBW) original cast member. In Summer 2017 Imani was selected to study with the Urban Bush Women in NYC for "The Generative Dancer" summer intensive working closely with director Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and the current members of UBW.
She has attended Hampton University where she's directed and choreographed for the praise dance ministry "Palms 149". In 2014 Imani Ma'at branched out into doing her own choreographic work in the Hampton Roads community where she started her own dance school "Imani Taylor's School of Dance" that partnered with local community venues including the Historical Attucks Theater & the Salvation Army Kroc Center. Imani has done many things for the youth in Hampton Roads, Inland Empire, and Los Angeles working with both disable and children that have systematically been denied access.
Imani is an alumnus from UCR and has been a recipient the "GLUCK Fellowship Award" at the University of California Riverside 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 school year touring and performing for various community venues including public schools, local museums, concert halls, and performance theaters while pursuing her ambitions in dance.
Summer 2018 Imani Ma'at traveled to Ghana and studied traditional Ghanaian dance and music at Bernard Woma's music and dance school the "Dagara Music Center" (DMC). During Winter 2019 after being awarded the DREAM Award through the Dance Discovery Foundation Imani traveled to Conakry, Guinea to study with Alseny Soumah. Motivated by her travels abroad Imani has also trained with profound dance artists internationally and throughout the nation including Youssouf Koumbassa, Mouminatou Camara, Makeda Kumasi, Colette Eloi, and Penny Godboldo.
Currently, Imani is working on obtaining her MFA in dance/choreography from the University of Michigan. During fall semester 2019 Imani was awarded the EXCEL Enterprise Fund which allowed her to produce "Mind, Body, & Spirit Through Dance" an independent black dance documentary that was presented during the Collegium for African Diaspora Dance 4th Bi-Annual Conference (CADD) 2020 at Duke University, Durham NC.