Sakinah Bennett, Lyrical & Jazz Dance

Sakinah Bennett is a 20 year old native of Douglasville, Georgia. Sakinah first fell in love with dance at the age of 5, when she started taking ballet and hip-hop classes at A.D. West Dance Company in Douglasville. After dancing with A.D. West for 8 years training in tap, ballet, jazz, contemporary, and hip-hop; in 2012 Sakinah was accepted into the Debbie Allen Dance Academy Summer Intensive in Los Angeles, California. When she returned home that year she joined Southern Dance Precision, where she studied for two years before entering high school. She auditioned for and was accepted into the Fine Arts Magnet Education Program at New Manchester High School under the direction of Montez Nash and currently Adrienne Abdus-Salaam, where she graduated from in 2017, in the top of her class, with a major in dance and a minor in theatre. In her sophomore year of high school she became an apprentice member of the Axam Dance Theatre Experience Company where she studied choreography and performance under the direction of Dawn Axam and is still in the company as an associate member today. Sakinah is currently in her senior year at Bard College on a full tuition scholarship from the Posse Foundation, studying dance and historical studies with a concentration in Africana Studies. She is also the co-founder of a program called Sister to Sister, dedicated to mentoring young women of color through the arts. Her professional performances include Dominion Entertainment Black Nativity (2015-2016), Bobby Brown (2017), Total Dance Mojah Conference (2017-2019), and Axam Dance Theatre Experience (2015-Present). After college Sakinah hopes to continue her education in dance and also her career as a professional dancer.