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New For 2021: From The Archives!

From The Archives: Mala! Mala! available now through January 22

Bringing in the year 2021, Ko-Thi Dance Company is guided by the Kwanzaa principle of Imani, or "faith. We have chosen to celebrate this new year by releasing archival footage of our MALA! MALA! concert (originally performed in February 2020 at Wisconsin Lutheran College), which means "to shine!" in Manding. We encourage you all to have faith. To be purposeful.

To remain steadfast. To stand in your light. To shine.

Look for new From The Archives releases each month, now through June!



STARTING SUNDAY JANUARY 10, we are back in the studio and excited to see you! Let Associate Artistic Director Sonya Thompson help you shake off the winter blues with an intimate West African dance class designed to make you move and groove! Classes are capped at 8 in-person participants and 12 virtual participants to ensure you receive the same high quality instruction you have come to expect from Ko-Thi, so REGISTER TODAY!



Please join us in honoring KTDC Founder Ferne Caulker, who was recently named as Milwaukee's Magazine's 2020 Betty Awards Creative Genius, as well as the rest of the 2020 Betty Award winners!

Photo by Aliza Barzan for Milwaukee Magazine


About Us

Founded in 1969, KTDC passionately preserves, teaches, documents, interprets, and performs dance and music rooted in the cultures of the African Diaspora and has continually diversified its programming to incorporate ongoing national, economic, and audience evolution without sacrificing the mission of inspiring our community to celebrate themselves and others through the present-day interpretation of ancient and contemporary African dance and music.

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DrumTalk, Ko-Thi's signature educational programming, offers performances and workshops for groups of all ages and experience levels. From single-day programs to full-year school residencies, DrumTalk programming can be tailored to your organization's individual needs and goals. Contact us today for more information!




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He who understands music understands the cosmos.

~African Proverb


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P.O. Box 1093 Milwaukee, WI 53201

(414) 273-0676


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P.O. Box 1093 Milwaukee, WI 53201

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