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  In remembrance of Billie Jean Franklin-Owens (March 15, 1945- June 6, 2010) we are proud to announce the creation of the Imani Foundation in conjunction with the Imani School of Dance.

Before succumbing to pancreatic cancer, Billie Jean assisted in the creation of, found funding for and personally staffed a number of outreach programs: (Please see back.) Currently the Imani Foundation continues to make it possible for the Imani School of Dance to provide African American Heritage Instructions (including traditional Kwanza lessons) and income based sliding fee scale tuition for dance instruction to assist children from low income households.

Proposed Imani Foundation projects include but are not limited to:
Billie Jean Principle Dancer College Scholarship
Seminars and lectures on the following (pancreatic cancer & obesity)
Outreach programs for free dance classes
To maintain the Imani Foundation’s current services and to assist in our efforts to implement our proposed services; we ask that you contribute in any way possible.

All donations are appreciated

Website :
Founder/Director: Angela Dillard 678-381-6898

Billie Jean Franklin- community service record 1960-2010
1960‘s-Early 1970’s
OSU School of African Dance(Professor/Choreographer)Columbus, OH:
Alvin Ailey School of Dance NY, NY;
African West Indian Dance Ceremony Ontario, Canada;
Uhuru African Dance Troop(Choreographer)Columbus, OH;
Kwanza (Historian/Instructor/Advocate) Columbus, OH
Late 1970‘s-Early 1990’s
African Dance Studio Phyllis Wheatly Commenter (Founder)Greenville, SC;
City Heights Educational and Social Programs Greenville, SC
Malcolm X Festival Greenville, SC
After School/Summer School Program Greenville, SC
Kwanza (Historian/Instructor/Advocate) Greenville, SC
Mid 1990’s- 2010
Imani School of Dance (Founder) Mauldin, SC
Obesity Programs Greenville, SC
HIV/AIDS Awareness Program South America
1996 Olympics-Imani School of Dance Atlanta, GA
Peg Leg Bates Ceremony Fountain Inn, SC
Goombay Festival Asheville, NC
Kwanza Claus & Kwanza (Historian/Instructor/Advocate) Greenville, SCKwanza Claus & Kwanza
(Historian/Instructor/Advocate) Atlanta, GA   

Sponsor A Child

Imani School of Dance is asking that you sponsor a child to help keep our children active and prosperous in today’s society. We offer programs such as: African Cultural Dance, Hip-Hop, Modern, Jazz, After-school Tutorial Classes, Obesity Awareness, (and in honor of Billie Franklin), Pancreatic Cancer Awareness and Prevention.
We have several students who love the Arts, but are unable to afford classes. But with your help we can keep children off the streets and help communities grow in a positive, productive manner.
Make a pledge or donation. You can pledge $20 monthly for a child or make a (1 time) donation. Help Imani help others. All
proceeds go directly to the school for the children and their programs.

If you want to become a sponsor; simply email Angela at and get the information needed. Any questions please contact Angela at 678-381-6898

Thank you for caring.

Adult Classes!
Come Get In Shape with IMANI 
*Classes held every Tuesday 6:30 pm in Mauldin*
(Georgia) call for your class schedules*
Imani School of Dance
Mauldin SC @ 1201 E. Alexander St
Willie Franklin, Instructor 864-346-5995
Children 2 and up & Adult Classes Saturday 10am
 Duluth GA
Christy or Angela, Instructor 678-381-6898

Imani School of Dance ($25 Registration Fee $55 Monthly)

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