Druis is our storyteller, griot.
She lives in Troy, New York with her daughter Bolade.
Bolade and Druis' daughter Citalala are both
members of Wemba.
Druis is an artist, educator, writer, musician, activist, and
humanistic facilitator whose background and program
offerings are extensive.
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Druis marching at the Rosendale street festival with
Nyasa, Martita and Carlos
Druis knows that the creative force is within every person,
and art can teach in a variety of ways.
As a humanistic facilitator, Druis utilizes her expertise in
group dynamics, cultural diversity, education, and
training, to promote creative approaches
to living and working.
She conducts workshops in mythology,
multiculturalism, and personal development.
Druis co-founded and was a performing member of
the New African Music Collective .
She is also a founding member of the
Sisters of Color Writing Collective,
a non-profit writing and performance art
organization with chapters in New York,
Detroit and Florida.
Druis has studied African and Afro-Haitian dance
with the National Dance Company of Ghana,
Pearl Reynolds and Charles Moore;
and dance language with Dr. Pearl Primus.
She has also studied African percussion with
Adenola Knowles, Yacub Addy,
and Kahinde Donaldson; and acting
with Roscoe Orman and Ed Bullins.
If you are interested in having a storyteller come to your
school or organization, or would like further information
about workshops Druis offers, contact her at:
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