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.
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), PancreaticCancer 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. Allproceeds go directly to the school for the children and their programs.
If you want to become a sponsor; simply email Angela at firstname.lastname@example.org and get the information needed. Any questions please contact Angela at 678-381-6898
Thank you for caring.
Adult African Dance Classes!
Come Get In Shape with IMANI
*Classes held every Tuesday 6pm in Mauldin*
(Georgia) call for your class schedules*
Imani School of Dance
Mauldin SC @ Mauldin Cultural Center off Butler Rd
Willie Franklin, Instructor 864-346-5995
Children 2 and up & Adult Classes Monday nights
Dance Studio Pleasant Hill Rd behind Red Lobster Duluth GA
Christy or Angela, Instructor 678-381-6898
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