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Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble (USA)
UAD= Universal African Dance
 & Drum Ensemble (United States of America)

   

Many say
"This is the most spectacular performance of its kind ever seen in America"
Sensational, Electrifying, Exciting, Amazing, Powerful and EDUCATIONAL
Truly a representation of "The Beauty of African Culture" and most of all
FAMILY
From the Babies to the Elders

We are honored and blessed to be considered by world renowned scholars and historians as the
innovators and trendsetters of having babies to elders skillfully performing African Dance and Drum on stages.

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National & International AMBASSADORS OF THE CULTURE
KEEPERS OF THE CULTURE

Featuring: African Dance, Traditional Songs, Stilt Walking / Dancing, Masquerading, Martial Arts Acrobatics, Drama & Intensified African Drumming
Specializing in African Dance and Drum School Assemblies


Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the Kimmel Center 2004 VIDEO Below

https://youtu.be/lxpr1o743PE
Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble in New York City 5/28/2006 Below
Please enjoy one of the greatest rites of passage VIDEO presentations in AMERICA
  

NEW YORK CITY PART 1  /  https://youtu.be/s6m5bgRJBK0

NEW YORK CITY PART 2  / https://youtu.be/77qmoR8MuFw  




Universal African Dance & Drum Ensemble

Blessed and Sanctioned to be one of the BEST Professional,
Authentic African Dance and Drum Ensembles in the U.S.A.
and Performing Arts Organization located in Camden, New Jersey and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

(MINISTRY OF CULTURE & FAMILY)

"A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots"  (Honorable Marcus Garvey)
"Consciousness precedes UNITY"  (Dr. Molefi Kete Asante)
"We must display and be the beauty, righteousness and love of our original culture"  
(Robert Dickerson)

(AVAILABLE TO PERFORM ANY WHERE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and ABROAD)

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Our Mission:   To educate people about African Culture and history through music, art and the performing arts, especially African Dance and Drum.   In addition, we seek to instill pride, dignity and enhance the understanding of the African American experience in relationship to our African Heritage.

Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble's Biography
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      Universal African Dance & Drum Ensemble (USA)
"One of the greatest presentations of African Dance, Drum and Culture in the United States of America"

SPECIALIZING in
Educational Programs, Performances, Workshops and Theatrical Productions
for SCHOOLS, COLLEGES,
FESTIVALS, CORPORATE, RELIGIOUS and COMMUNITY Events

  SCHOOL ASSEMBLIES for Public, Charter, Private and etc.
●  Historical Educational Presentations
●  Educational (Geography) School Assemblies on African Culture and Performing Arts
●  Anti-Bully Presentations
●  After-School Programs
●  Multi-Cultural Representation

●  Summer Festivals and Events
●  Kwanzaa Events
●  Black History Month Programs

●  African and African American Celebrations
  Weddings and Wedding Receptions
  FAMILY REUNIONS & FAMILY EVENTS
CLICK HERE FOR FURTHER EXPLANATIONS / pdf file

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 Robert and Wanda Dickerson Founders and Creators of Unity Community Center (since 1983) and it's programs of 
Performing Arts presentations, African and African American History of Study, Knowledge and Experiences since 1968

            

Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble - Camden, New Jersey and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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We need your help to help more youth at-risk, to learn and experience the benefits of the arts and to become righteous young people making better communities


"Blessed to be the TRENDSETTERS of FAMILY African Dance and Drum in AMERICA"

Performing at many prestigious venues, such as: United Nations-NY, AFRICA, CARIBBEAN, Political Inaugurations, NAACP National Convention, National Association of Black Journalist Convention, Waldorf Astoria-NY, Grand Hyatt-NY, NJPAC-NJ, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)-NY, Schomburg Center NY,  Sunshine Awards / Gilman Figaro-NY, War Memorial (Trenton, NJ), Sony Blockbuster Entertainment Ctr., Tweeter Ctr.-NJ, New Jersey State Aquarium, Kimmel Ctr.-PHILA., Forum-Harrisburg, PA, Taj Mahal Casino-NJ, Trump Casino-NJ.Sands Casino-NJ, Show Boat Casino-NJ, Academy of Music-PHILA., International African Arts Festival-NY, Mann Center-PHILA., Robin Hood Dell-Phila., WDAS Unity Day-PHILA,, Odunde-PHILA., West Oak Lane Jazz & Arts Festival-PHILA, Penns Landing-PHILA., The famous UniverSoul Circus, Six Flags GREAT ADVENTURE, Expos, Performing Art Centers, Museums, Convention Centers, Festivals, Colleges, Universities, Schools, Fraternity & Sorority National Conventions, Government & State Agencies, United States Arm Force Facilities, City Halls, Fortune 500 or High Profile Corporate Events and many community events all over this country.

Seen by millions on Local, National, International and Cable Television, such as:  Charles Perez Show- 1995, National News Networks, Positive Impact (JOE PISCOPO) Show, NBC-Today's Show - Matt Lauer & Katie Couric with Joe Piscopo-2003, SPIKE TV- 2005, C-SPAN (International)- Millions More Movement 2005, CNN- (JOE PISCOPO-2007), TLC CABLE- 2009, WPVI 6, WCAU 10, KYW 3, WTXF 29, WPHL 17, WYBE 35, CN8 and many local TV shows around the U.S.A. since 1984.

Most of the male Black Belt members who became Karate Champions are also members of the World Champion UPK Pasha Generals, who have performed at many prestigious World Martial Arts Halls of Fame in Jacksonville, Florida / Cleveland, Ohio / Mt. Pocono, Pennsylvania / Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Atlantic City, New Jersey Both male and female Karate champions are also the drummers, dancers, musicians and acrobats of the Sensational and Electrifying UNIVERSAL AFRICAN DANCE & DRUM ENSEMBLE.

Universal African Dance & Drum Ensemble's drummers and stiltwalkers who are also World KARATE CHAMPIONS from our Universal Pasha Karate School (UPK) were in the movie called WARRIOR by LIONSGATE with famous actors Joel Edgerton, Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte and Jennifer Morrison.  In movie theaters across America which started Friday, September 9, 2011. NOW on DVD at AMAZON and etc..

CLICK LINK BELOW for further information:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warrior_%282011_film%29

https://youtu.be/MydrN5M0keE

 


CONGRATULATIONS
A Historical and World Renowned Accomplishment

    A distinguished committee of world renowned artists and scholars chose our very own Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble to represent the U.S.A. at the historicalWorld Festival of Black Arts and Cultures, a.k.a. as FESMAN in Dakar, Senegal, West Africa.  This world festival was held in December 2010.   Over 80 nations sent their best scholars, historians, artists and performers to this WORLD ARTS FESTIVAL.  We were proud and honored to be selected among the best performing arts groups in the world. Below you will find You-Tube Videos of us performing at this historical event.

(1)   December 15, 2010 (Saint-Louis, Senegal Africa on INTERNATIONAL STAGE) Click here for You-Tube Video
(2)   December 17 and 18, 2010 (On Goree Island and Senegalese wedding in Dakar, Senegal Africa) Click here for You-Tube Video(3)   Further HISTORICAL information please Click here:

In addition, the Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble, a 72 member troupe is sanctioned one of the best African Dance and Drum Troupes in America by renowned scholars, historians and artists in America and Africa.

 


    A Sizzling new African Drum & Music CD 
  CLICK HERE TO ORDER DIMEDI FAABE African Drum & Music CD 

"African Drum Beats and Music is the true root of all music (The 1st NOTE)"
"The Pulse of the Drum - Is the Spirit of the HEART"

"THE ORIGINAL AFRICAN DANCE and DRUM is where ALL DANCE and MUSIC COMES FROM"

Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble in America
CD (DIMEDI FAABE)  &  PERFORMANCE REVIEWS

Music that penetrates the soul


"Their performance was so thorough, we are going to play the CD all day at the Imani Celebration fest in California; You (Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble) are the best that I have ever seen."  DR. MAULANA KARENGA- Professor, Author, Historian / Creator & Founder of KWANZAA


"I've traveled all over the world, they are the best I've ever seen in this country."   DR. MOLEFI KETE ASANTE- Professor, Author & Historian  / The father and author of Afrocentricity


"They (Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble) are great, their show needs to be in Las Vegas NOW with the best. Legendary Kenny Gamble / Philadelphia International Records


" They (Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble) is the best that I have seen in America.  They are so good, like my home in Africa; that is why I have my children performing with them. They are Family" Yalani Bangoura- Acrobat, Dance Teacher & Djeli from Guinea, West Africa.


"This group is producing miracles." JOE PISCOPO - Famous Actor / Comedian & Philanthropist / Positive Impact Foundation & One of the original Saturday Night Live Superstars


"So very proud of their performances at the Mann Center. Robert and Wanda Dickerson' true commitment and dedication to our young people should forever be applauded. I've worked with their organization for 18 years joyfully as cultural partners with the Mann Center's educational programs." Peace and Blessings Family!  Rhoda Blount, VP Education & Community Engagement


"This group is wonderful, you must see them, it is hard to explain how good they really are."  Legendary DR. BABA CHUCK DAVIS- Over 50 years of African Dance & Artistic Director for 38+ years for DANCE AFRICA / BAM


"I've traveled the world touring and performing and never found a group uplifting family and African Culture in America until meeting this FAMILY."  MOUSSA DIABATE- Djeli,Griot, Historian & African Dance & Drum Teacher / Les Ballet Africain- Guinea, WEST AFRICA


" I heard a lot about them, (Universal African Dance & Drum Ensemble) when I seen them, (Universal African Dance & Drum Ensemble) (October 20, 2007) they are number one M' BEMBA BANGOURA-Djeli,Griot, Historian & African Dance & Drum Teacher / The Ballet of Conakry & Ballet Djoliba - Guinea, WEST AFRICA


"They are the BEST, like the BALLET."  MITO CAMARA- African Dance & Drum Teacher / Lead Drummer for Les Ballet Africain for many years- Guinea, WEST AFRICA


"I am 96 years old and I have traveled the world many times and seen many dance performances. That was the best dance performance that I have ever seen in my life"- (January 31, 2010) a wonderful elder Jewish Lady at a Jewish Elderly Center in Pennsylvania


"The impact that you (Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble) put on people; if more people would do that, it would impact the world" (October 5, 2011)  Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole, Director of Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African Art


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