Languages: English, French
Originally from Cameroon, Central Africa, Jacky Yenga grew up in Paris and now lives in Vancouver, BC. Her foundation for life was rooted in togetherness and collaboration, respect for the elders, for nature and the ancestors. Living a connected life was her only reality, until the age of 9. She experienced the trauma of disconnection when she was sent to the West to "live a better life". Now she is an enthusiastic ambassador for the wisdom of Africa and their message of togetherness, which she shares around the world in various forms, including as a dancer, singer, musician, and teacher.
We absolutely LOVED the performance. Jacky and her musicians were extremely entertaining and responded to and interacted with the students extremely well. Michael A. Kostek Elementary, Edmonton, AB
Jacky and Yoro were fantastic. Our school loved the performance and energy they brought. We look forward to having them again. Pinewood Elementary, Prince George
Grade Suitability: K - 12
Duration: 1 day
Capacity: 60 students per session, maximum 5 sessions per day
Tech Requirements: microphone
Fee Range: $1215-$1815 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)
Travel to the depths of Africa with professional dancer Jacky Essombe in this day-long workshop. Accompanied by a live drummer, Jacky celebrates the richness and community spirit of African culture using easy-to-follow African dance steps, traditional songs and storytelling. This shared social, stimulating and bonding experience allows students to interact in a playful and focused way, building important developmental skills and a love for creativity.
Grade Suitability: K -6
Duration: 45 mins.
Capacity: 600 students
Tech Requirements: a change room and an electrical outlet. A wireless handheld microphone and PA might also be needed. An aisle through the middle of the audience.
Fee Range: $865 - $1015 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)
Jacky's Village features music and dance from the African countries of Cameroon and Benin. Led by dancer Jacky Essombe, accompanied by her friend Yoro Noukoussi, this participatory performance features music played on a variety of traditional African instruments including djembe, talking drum and shekere. Audience participation is encouraged throughout the performance.