Featured Shows

Mojah Concert: The Modern African Experience

Terrie Ajile Axam's dance company had its beginnings in 1985. The uniqueness of Total Dance Company rests in the power of the company to perform Modern, Jazz, African, Hip-Hop, and their primary technique; Mojah. Mojah means one in the Swahili language. The Mojah technique is a true blend of Horton Technique, Dunham Technique, and West African Dance Movements. Mojah Founder, Director, Dance Artist, Cultural Arts Entertainer, Terrie "Ajile" Axam, has studied with such masters as James Truitt, Sara Yarborough, Majorie Perces, Carl Ratcliff, Katherine Dunham, Charles Moore, Chuck Davis, Alfred Lezepko, C.K., Oginga Love, as well as being an Alvin Ailey scholar.

Ms. Axam has researched extensively in the respective forms in addition to studying at Princeton University, Rutgers University, and New York University. Mojah can be defined as Modern African. Mojah is currently being taught at Penn State University.

The Mojah Concert and Mojah workshops will feature choreography by Terrie "Ajile" Axam, including "Free My Soul and Grandma's Hands"

D.W.A.M. (Dancers With A Message)

Ajile talks the talk and dances the dance as she serves as a host introducing other talent.The showcase performances are low-technical productions that feature individual group talent within the company and from guest performers.




Endurance: Andre's Story

Endurance is a production based on the concepts of the Ayodele Ceremony. Ayodele, which means "joy returns home" in the Yoruba language, is a family celebration created in 1971 by the Axam family. Traditionally celebrated every year in the month of December, this special presentation is dedicated to the story of George Andre Axam. It is a poignant portrayal of his journey from drug addiction to rehabilitation and victory to incarceration. How does society allow a success story to end in tragedy? Approximately 3.5 million people are incarcerated in the U.S. about 70% are African-American males. Is this justice or present day slavery?

Told through dance, dialogue, and soul-sitting music, Andre's Story is the story of many black men struggling to triumph over barriers of racial prejudice and overcome emotional wounds in a society where there is little grace.

Women Hold Up Half the Sky: A Tribute to the African American Woman

Women Hold Up Half the Sky, conceived and created by Terrie "Ajile" Axam, cannot be categorized as a play or a dance concert, but as a powerful combination of both. It is a "dancical", a theatrical, and a historic experience celebrating the story of black women, through dance and drama, set to music, poetry, visual arts, and live drums. The music of "women" is a collection of contemporary jazz, African rhythms, Negro spirituals, and contemporary soul. The piece is laced with the works of noted writers, such as Nikki Giovanni, Gwendolynn Brooks, June Jordan, Ntozake Shange, and Langston Hughes.

The show premiered in Macon, Georgia in 1980 and toured throughout Middle Georgia. In 1987 "Women" premiered at the Martin Luther King Center for the Non-Violent Social Change in Atlanta, Georgia. The late Maynard Jackson proclaimed March 20th, Women Hold Up Half the Sky Day.

Each year distinguished African American Women are honored for their dedication, selfless love, and faith to make a better difference in their community and the world. Honor an outstanding woman in your community.

Fusion: From Africa to Hip-Hop, An electrifying Cultural Experience

Told through dancers, musicians, and vocalists, Fusion is a living history lesson, exploring the African Diaspora of dance and music beginning with the drum and moving through time, from North American Slavery to the Caribbean, from Gospel to the Blues, from the Twist to the Disco, and concluding with hip-hop. Showcasing the evolution of music and dance, with thrilling live drums and and gripping vignettes, Fusion is a stirring journey through the cultural highlights of the African American experience.

Fusion was originally conceived by Speech, lead singer of the Grammy Award-winning group Arrested Development, and written by Ajile. From 1994 to 1997, Fusion toured U.S. College Campuses as an affiliate of Vangabond Productions.

Ajile has crafted Fusion so that the annual production remains fresh, staying true to the classics and the latest trends, in dance, music, and song. Both an educational and entertaining experience, this interactive production is guided by hosts and principal artists Terrie "Ajile" Axam, and Master Drummer Greyling Oginga Love.