Efeya Ifadayo M Sampson

Undergraduate Discipline


BFA, Temple University. MFA, Sarah Lawrence College. Dancer, educator, and performer. Honed her talent as a member of Moving With the Spirit, her parent’s African diasporic dance company for children; continued her formal training at Brooklyn’s Phillipa Schuyler School. Recipient of a full scholarship to the Charles Moore Dance Theatre, under the direction of Ella Thompson Moore, and apprenticeships with Ronald K. Brown/Evidence and Urban Bush Women. Work presented as a part of Harlem Stage’s E-Moves. Served as a teaching artist for various arts education programs, including Casita Maria Center for Arts Education and DreamYard. Currently a member of many performance nation/families, where she is immersed in her study and performance of Afro-Haitian, Afro-Cuban, Yoruba, and various West African and contemporary modern dance and music forms. They include Ase Dance Theatre Collective, Movement for the Urban Village, Charles Moore Dance Theatre, and The Ring Shout Music Ensemble. SLC, 2014–

Current undergraduate courses

African Diasporic Dance


This yearlong course will use physical embodiment as a mode of learning about and understanding African diasporic cultures. In addition to physical practice, master classes led by artists and teachers regarded as masters in the field of African diasporic dance and music, along with supplementary study materials, will be used to explore the breadth, diversity, history, and technique of dances derivative of the Africa diaspora. Afro Haitian, West African, Orisha Dances (Lucumi, Afro Cuban), and Social Dance are some genres that will be explored. Participation in year-end showings will provide students with the opportunity to apply studies in a performative context.

Related Cross-Discipline Paths

Previous courses

African Dance


In this class, students will explore the fundamental aesthetic of African dance. There will be an emphasis on work to internalize the intricacies of African polyrhythm. Students will spend time exploring the cultural meaning and importance of grounding, strength, and stability, which are essential to the form. Learning African dance exposes students to the meaning of dance in African culture. This class also builds personal awareness, as it transcends cultural boundaries. Classes will be accompanied by live drumming.