Flatbush dance students perform for the First Lady - Brooklyn Paper

Flatbush dance students perform for the First Lady

First Lady Michelle Obama enjoys a performance by members of Flatbush’s Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy during a progam awarding the organization in Washington.


Hip, hip, hooray to the Ifetayo Arts Cultural Academy for creating a buzz on Capitol Hill for the holidays.

First Lady Michelle Obama presented the prestigious National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award to the Flatbush arts institution for its unique and diverse kids’ programs, and then watched some of the talented toe-tappers take to the stage.

Aspiring dancers Isoke Senghor, Jahi Smith, Alexa Menuau, Jean- Daniel John, Sonji Gaul, and Jahziah Kefentse, along with instructor Dr. Angela Gittens, and Ifetayo founder and C.E.O. Kwayera Archer-Cunningham, had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform in the nation’s capital in November and meet the First Lady.

The academy was one of a dozen programs across the country selected for the coveted award, much to the delight of students and staff.

“I am proud and overjoyed to be a part of the creative process which is all about how our youth represent the principles of the Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy,” said Dr. Gittens, who teaches at Poly Prep Country Day School in Bay Ridge and choreographed the DC program.

Standing O adds its own congratulations!

Ifetayo Arts Cultural Academy [629 E. 35th St. at Foster Avenue in Flatbush, (718) 856–1123].

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