Ujima Dance Theatre

Ujima Dance Theatre

5.0 (4)
1 hire on Lessons.com
6 years in business

About this pro

We offer affordable rates so that the art of dance is available to everyone.

I enjoy teaching Modern, Ballet, Hip Hop, and African Dance to people of all ages. With my background and experience of 20 years, I can offer the best quality education to students.

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Philadelphia, PA 19130
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4 Reviews


  • Jahnvi Chasmawala


  • Crystal N.

    Shana is an excellent dancer and instructor! She knows her stuff and is very patient (which is rare to come by these days). I always enjoy viewing her work and I look forward to seeing more of it.

  • Felicia Tucker

    I truly enjoy working with Shana, and the other dancers. There is such a great chemistry amongst us all, and the creativity is always free flowing!

  • Kristin G.

    Shana is truly amazing and has such a passion for dance. Her choreography is impressive and unique. Shana also has a very kind heart and treats each dancer with respect and patience. Her movements are quite beautiful and every one has a lot to learn from her.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

With new students, I always taylor the movements in the class to what their levels are.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Shana El ( Dance Teacher, Choreographer), has been involved in the dance arts since age 11 in 1984 . She began her training at Philadanco, then to the Philadanco Training Program, The Creative and Performing Arts High School and the University Of The Arts. She is a 1994 and 2010 awardee of the CEC New Edge Mix Performance Series. She has performed and presented work at the Painted Bride Art Center, Conwell Dance Theater, and The Philadelphia Arts Bank. Shana is a dance teacher of 17 years with the Bowman School of Dance in Cherry Hill New Jersey where she teaches intermediate advanced modern and jazz, and former instructor at the Monarch School of Dance where she instructed Contemporary/Modern Dance and taught master classes. Shana has self produced and choreographed her own productions , such as A Journey Through Consciousness, Presented at All The Way Live Restaurant in April 2015, a combination of spoken word and dance. Shana also is a former member of The Requisite Movers, a choreographers group for women of African Descent, where she choreographed and performed her work Southern Breeze at the Community Education Centers Meeting House Theater in November 2015. Currently she is the Artistic Director of Ujima Dance Theatre formed in September 2016. Ujima has presented work at the Venice Island Performing Arts Center, The Painted Bride, The CHI Movement Arts Center, and the Community Education Center, Meeting House Theatre, The Barnes Foundation. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Pricing for private lessons for all ages and levels are $35 an hour.

Pricing for taking group dance classes at our school start at $50 a month for one class a week.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with students all ages and levels.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Its great to see students that I have taught or mentored dancing professionally in companies or opening their own studios.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Look up their background and make sure they have the experience to work with students of all levels and ages.

Lessons offered

Dance Classes Ballet Classes African Dance Classes Choreography Classes Contemporary Dance Classes Dance Choreographers Dance Fitness Classes Modern Dance Classes Stage Performance Training Hip Hop Dance Classes