TerriAnne Gutierrez

A lifelong student of dance, TerriAnne Gutierrez has been studying and performing Middle Eastern Dance for over thirty years. TerriAnne is one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most well-known and sought after performers and teachers. She specializes in Modern Egyptian and American Cabaret, with stylistic influences from some of the forerunners of Egyptian Dance,[…]

Afia Walking Tree

Afia’s vision for transformative cultural healing across multi-ethnic, intergenerational communities has been an anchor for much of her life’s work. With roots born out of deep African Diasporic ethno musicological spiritual and cultural lineage in Jamaica, Afia has spearheaded many initiatives which bring women and youth into empowerment and voice. As an educator, Afia utilizes[…]

Simone LaDrumma

Simone LaDrumma has been composing and performing on hand drums since 1987. She has studied many different styles of drumming including Afro-Cuban, West African and Middle Eastern, and drumset. Simone was founder and Director of Ladies Don’t Drum, an all-female percussion ensemble. In 1991 Simone created “Drumming & The Holistic Expression of Rhythm,” a simple[…]

Ava Square-LeVias

Ava’s joy of ecstatic union with spirit can be seen in her dance performance, her writing, and love for family, friends & community. Considered a “proverbial” artist Ava’s talents include choreographer/dancer, actor, drummer/musician, poet & videographer. Ava has studied many forms of dance and considers West African her forte. Ava has performed solo and toured[…]


Ojalá is a group of 6 talented women who combine a mixture of traditional Afro-Cuban folkloric music, contemporary and infectious funky rhythms, beautiful vocals and imaginative original songs. OJALÁ uses traditional rhythms and songs to express their own unique creative talents. Learn more at the Ojalá website. Carolyn Brandy, a groundbreaking Bay Area female percussionist,[…]

Eli PaintedCrow

Eli PaintedCrow Native American (Yaqui) retired Army veteran. Mother of two veterans and grandmother of 8 grandchildren. Currently lives in merced California and devotes her time to bring awareness and clarity of militarism and its effects on human life. Eli’s speech at the Veterans for Peace 2006 National Conference is available here on YouTube.