About ONFYAH

ONFYAH was founded the summer of 2015 when Akinyomi Courtney and Jo'Niece Monk combined their love for African Dance and Drumming. The inspiration to establish  a children's ensemble came from the dynamic duo teaching drumming and dancing throughout the city of Milwaukee. Through their time teaching they noticed their students  were limited to receiving drumming and dancing for a short period of time and the students wanted more. More dancing, more drumming, more art and culture.  Akinyomi and Jo'Niece decidced to dedicate their lives to healing young children through the power of drumming and dancing.  Their vision was to provide children with a positive outlet. The instructors are passionate about their craft and fully commited  to sharing the experience with youth ages 4 - 18.

Our philosophy is inclusive: we have classes that inspire youth to embrace their cultural heritage in a creative way. We're happy to accommodate students of all socio-economic backgrounds and skill levels. Whether you're looking to explore an entirely new hobby, for your child, or wish to renew your child's interest in dance and drum – with ONFYAH you're always in good hands.

Browse the following pages to learn more about our dance instructors, the classes we offer and some special events we're hosting this year. If you want to get moving, call us at 414-393-8347 or contact us to sign up today!

Our Team

Akinyomi Courtney

Executive Director

Co-Founder

Musical Director

Stage Manager

 Milwauke High School of the Arts 

 

Johnson C. Smith University

 

 Akinyomi's strong background in both community development and entrepreneurship ignited his passion for music and has allowed  him to succeed in bulding ONFYAH. At the young age of 4 years he became a member of Ton Ko-Thi. He studied West African Drumming with many master drummers. Akinyomi pours his life into giving back to the community by demostrating and teaching drumming,  by building their confidence, and providing children a safe place to go.

Jo'Niece Monk

Artistic Director

Co-Founder

Choreographer

Studio Manager

Milwaukee High School of the Arts

 

University Of Wisconsin-Madison

 

With over 20 years  of experience in the art form of West African Dance, Ballet, Hip Hop , Modern and Jazz dance; Jo'Niece strives to provide the youth with the opportunity to have access to all forms of dance jut as she did as a child. Through her time earning a degree in social work and teaching grade school she discovered that through dance children excelled academically, socially, and physically. Jo'Niece's foundation is African dance and dedicates her life to sharing the beauty of dance to her students and the community. 

Staff

Adebamgbe Courtney

Fitness instructor

 

Aziza Courtney

Dance Instructor

 

Zakiya Courtney

Outreach Coord. & Grant Researcher

 

 

Where to Find                    ONFYAH

ONFYAH currently holds its community dance and drum classes at their NEW Location 1300 W. Fond du Lac Ave Milwaukee,WI

 

CHILDREN'S CLASSES ARE EVERY WEDNESDAY AT 5:30PM!!

DROP IN AND SIGN UP TODAY!!
 
Phone: (414) 394-0801

(414) 393-8347

Email: onfyahmke@gmail.com

 

 

Studio News

2017-2018

 

    We are excited about the upcoming year! Stay connected with us to see how we light the stage ONFYAH at our upcoming performances!!!!! 

 

 

  Kwanazza Fest 2018

  ONFYAH's Winter Recital

 Martin Luther King Jr Celebration

 MCA Martin Luther King Day


 

 

 

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© ONFYAH 2016 All Rights Reserved ONFYAH teaches traditional and modern West African dance and drum to youth ages 4 -18. The dance studio in Milwaukee, WI is run by Akinyomi Courtney and Jo'Niece Monk who have over a decade of combined experience teaching drum and dance to children.