Specializing in Afrobeats, Azonto, and Coupé-Décalé, Dance Afrikana exists to connect the worlds of traditional and contemporary African dance. With its modern dance and interdisciplinary foundation, Dance Afrikana provides a unique look into the contemporary African Diaspora while fostering a fresh and exciting genre to the dance world.
Known as the “Queen of Polyrhythms,” interdisciplinary dance “artivist” Lindsay Gary, M.P.A., M.A. graduated from the University of Houston with a B.A. in History and minors in Dance and Business Administration. Outside of the Ballet and Graham-based Modern dance program at UH, she trained in Horton with Houston’s Urban Souls’ Second Company in the 2012-2013 Season. She continued her training in the Diaspora movement of the Caribbean, Brazil, and beyond with Batala Houston and Fanatic Vibez Afro-Caribbean and Afrobeats Dance Company. She continued her training in traditional South African (Zulu and Xhosa), traditional West African (Guinea), and Afro-Caribbean folk dancing with Impande Ye Africa during the 2015-2016 season. In 2016 she toured with Cirque Zuma Zuma, Africa’s Cirque du Soleil, performing West African, South African, and contemporary African dance around the United States.
In addition to her work on the stage, Lindsay is a passionate dance educator, wherein she highlights the African Diaspora through the cultural, artistic, and historical study of dance. In 2016, she became assistant dance director at KIPP Sunnyside High School where she organized its first ever Black History Month Diaspora Dance Intensive.
Lindsay is a performing member of Pretty Cultured—a group of three professional dancers using art to speak on social and cultural topics. Her work with Pretty Cultured includes co-facilitating an Afro-Fusion class at Sam Houston State University and the Lunch, Legacy, & Learn Discussion at the African American Dance Festival, in addition to performing at the Houston Fringe Festival 2016, Alternate Roots Weekend Dallas 2016, and Dance Houston’s 14th Annual Celebration of Dance at Houston’s Wortham Theatre Downtown.
In addition to her ongoing training in Afro-Brazilian Samba and Afro-Cuban Salsa, and her famous Afrobeats classes at local dance studios, Lindsay performs alongside international Soca artist T-Rock, and devotes herself to her very own dance company, Dance Afrikana, which seeks to fuse the worlds of traditional and contemporary African dance.