Dance Teaching Artist
Imani Jalil was born and raised in Milwaukee. She began her dance training in ballet, jazz, and tap at the age of eleven at Roosevelt Middle School of the Arts. After graduating from RMSA, Imani became a dance major at Milwaukee High School of the Arts, where she gained experience in modern dance techniques, including Graham and Horton. Upon graduation, from MHSA, she auditioned for the dance department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She was a dance major in the contemporary dance track through the end of her sophomore year. She switched over to the Africa and the Diaspora dance track before her junior year of college and graduated with her B.F.A in contemporary and African dance in August of 2015. In June 2015, Imani had the opportunity to embark on a dance study abroad program to Brazil, where she studied many forms of Afro-Brazilian dance and movement.
While at UWM, Imani had the opportunity to study and perform various styles of movement, including ballet, modern, jazz, tap, hip-hop, Latin, African, and traditional Caribbean and South American dance forms. She performed several times with the African dance company, Ko-thi Dance Company, under the direction of founder Ferne Caulker-Bronson. Currently, she is a member of Panadanza Dance Company in Milwaukee, a group that studies and performs traditional dances from all over Latin America, specifically the countries of Brazil, Panama, Cuba, and Puerto Rico. As a member of this group, Imani had the opportunity to perform at The Panama Salsa Congress in May of 2013.
Imani has been teaching and performing all over Milwaukee for the past five years. Currently, she is a dance instructor at La Causa Charter School, the United Community Center, and Pius XI High School. She is also the school administrator at the Milwaukee Ballet School and Academy. She is excited to be teaching for Proyecto Bembe this year at the UCC.