We are Fenix....a performing troupe specializing in dance and drumming from West Africa, the Congo and the Caribbean. Our high energy multi-generational, multi-ethnic group highlights the richness and complexity of traditional dance and music of the African Diaspora. Our journey begins in Africa then travels across the ocean to the Caribbean and the Americas.

Olivia Yasmin James - Artistic Director & Founder
Olivia Yasmin James has been studying West African and Afro-Caribbean dance and drumming since she was nine years old.  With a solid background in classical ballet, jazz, tap, and hip-hop, she strives to take traditional dance to a new level.  She has studied extensively with master traditional teachers both here and in West Africa.   Olivia is a registered teaching artist with Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission and is the recipient of several grants designed to promote 
traditional arts.




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