Kenya M. Griffin


Kenya M. Griffin

Artistic Director/Choreographer/Principal Dancer

The choreography that Kenya Griffin has constructed over the past 20 years entails movement that gives life to music.  Her concepts and creativity strives to compliment, and inspire all those that witness the motion of ‘The Amazing Grace Dance Company’.

Kenya’s early training was with the Atlanta Dance Theater under the direction of Barbara Sullivan and the late Valjeanne Grisby; Jacobs Dance Academy under Vicki Tillman, Gwendolyn Hubbard, and Lynise and Denise Heard of Atlanta’s  ‘Dance Makers’; Avondale School of Performing Arts where she studied with Teri Keyser and the late Gary Harrison. While a student at Savannah State College she studied with Alvin Ailey Dance Company, and later went on to dance and work in productions for ‘Outkast’, Tribal Communications, and ‘So So Def Records’.

In 2000, Ms. Griffin formed the ‘Amazing Grace Liturgical Dancers’ to accompany and enhance the worship experiences. Before long she and her dancers had begun to set the standard for inspirational dance. In 2006 Kenya formed the ‘Amazing Grace Dance Company’, which is the professional, performance and traveling entity of the Amazing Grace franchise. Since 2006, she has produced over 15 productions, and debuted her first ballet entitled, ’HOPE’, which was a tribute to all those people affected and living with HIV/AIDS in 2010.

Kenya has performed and worked with prominent choreographers and recording artist such as Sule’-Joel Adams and Juel D.Lane, of Ronald Brown’s ‘Evidence Dance Company’; Padtro Harris; Meisha Rainey; Ashi K. Smythe ,godson to Katherine Dunham, and the first male to dance the role of ‘Simba’ in Disney’s Broadway show, ‘Lion King’; Marvin Richardson Jr., and Jelani A. Jones, who is now a resident dancer of The Amazing Grace Dance Company. Also, Jason Nelson, Sha Simpson, Lowell Pye, Shekinah Glory Ministries, and a host of other well-known choreographers and gospel recording artist.

In 2013 AIB-TV awarded Kenya the ‘William Womack Award’ for creativity, powerful works of dance, as well as for all the lives she and Amazing Grace have touched through the years. Also, in 2013 she and the Amazing Grace Dance Company were chosen by ‘Body Edge Fitness’, of Nairobi, Kenya, to co-facilitate a 12 day ‘dance-to-fitness’ campaign. Hosting technical workshops throughout the city, and sharing their various dance styles to those who had never been exposed to contemporary dance.

Kenya is also a member of the National Liturgical Network (NLDN), and her gifts, experiences, and spiritual fortitude have advanced her and Amazing Grace to receive high acclaim for their dance.

“Each one teach one”, is a motto that Kenya holds dear to her heart and instills in every dancer she has had the privilege to work with. Her ultimate goal is to educate and inspire all those that desire to dance, to do so, in excellence.”

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