Wanda Brief Bio

    Wanda A. Dickerson was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and as a result of spending much of her childhood in a hair salon in Philadelphia, she later decided to attend Wilfred Academy Hair and Beauty School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Upon graduating she began her cosmetology career and is currently a licensed cosmetologist in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  She currently owns and operates, JANA'S UNIQUE HAIR SALON in Lindenwold, New Jersey.

Wanda is a 7th Degree Master Black Belt in Karate.  She married Robert Dickerson in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and moved to Camden, New Jersey in 1975.  During this union they have been blessed with four children, Jamal, Nasir, Atiya and Ayanna, twelve Grandchildren and two Great Grandchildren.

Wanda and her husband, Robert are the founders and directors of the UCC Performing Arts Program, at the Unity Community Center, Inc., in Camden, New Jersey.  In 1984 Wanda started teaching African Dance, Praise Dance, Interpretive Dance, Aerobic Dance, Line Dance and various expression art forms at the Unity Community Center.  She also teaches and directs modeling, fashion modeling, fashion designing, sewing classes and beauty culture classes.  Wanda is a professional costume designer and maker.   Many of the beautiful costumes and dresses our females wear in our African Dance, Praise Dance and Interpretive Dance were made and designed by Wanda.

WANDA DICKERSON has many years of Dance experience as a student in African, Interpretive and Creative Dancing at the following:

Gillespie Jr. High School- 1968 / Phila. Pa.
Gratz High School African Dance-1970 / Phila. Pa.
Arthur Hall Afro American Dance Ensemble - Ile Ife-1979-1982 / Phila. Pa.
Chikuyu Performing Arts Ensemble (Kofi Asante) - 1982 - 1986 / Phila. Pa.
Universal Creative Arts Ensembles (Universal African Dance & Drum Ensemble)- 1984 - Present

Many years of Martial Arts (Karate) experience / since 1973