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Our mission is to connect with our culture and community and help to build social change through artistic expression.
Taratibu Youth Association is 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Mt. Rainier, Maryland.
Taratibu Youth Association (TYA) is best known for its rhythmically powerful and visually inspiring performances of dance accompanied by rich vocal harmonies and vivid spoken word. With eclectic and diverse musical influences, this sensational ensemble of young artists performs modern dance, ballet and hip hop, and African dance.
We have our strongest roots in Taratibu, which combines contemporary military drill movements with traditional African dance. Taratibu also integrates vocals, including traditional Negro spirituals, contemporary gospel and songs in Kiswahili, the national language of several East African countries, as well as vocals in Zulu, the most widely spoken language in South Africa.
Taratibu Youth Association is a resident company of Joe's Movement Emporium in Mt. Rainier, Maryland. With members between the ages of 12 and 18, Taratibu Youth Association performs regionally and nationally in diverse venues, ranging from schools and churches to large performing arts theatres. Taratibu Youth Association also performs internationally, recently completing tours in Ghana, Benin, Togo, and Tanzania, with its next international tour scheduled for 2013 in South Africa.
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