The National Association of American African Dance Teachers

MISSION STATEMENT

The National Association of American African Dance Teachers (NAAADT) aims to heighten the quality of contemporary, neo-traditional, and Diasporan African dance teaching in North America. We provide professional development, performance opportunities, community dance classes, and certification in the Umfundalai contemporary African dance technique for aspiring African dance educators and practitioners. NAAADT provides administrative, consulting, and/or artistic services to organizations in North America and abroad that share/offer African dance in their educational, recreational, and/or production activities, offering resources that include but are not limited to curricula, research, and youth/student development program models.

The Organization of Umfundalai Teachers

The Organization of Umfundalai Teachers (OUT) is a consortium of African dance artists, educators, and scholars who work to expand the depth and breadth of the Umfundalai technique of contemporary African dance. OUT is an educational entity, under the National Association of American African Dance Teachers (NAAADT) umbrella, that oversees the professional training and credentialing of aspiring Umfundalai teachers and a professional ally for communities that support African Diasporan artistic expression in contemporary and neo-traditional contexts.