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Tara Murphy

Lecturer in Dance


Tara Murphy teaches West African Dance at Smith College. She began exploring her heritage through African studies at Yale University, where she received her B.A. She was awarded a Yale fellowship to study traditional African dance and drumming at the University of Legon, Ghana. For the past twenty-five years, she has studied with many African and Afro-Caribbean artists in Boston, New York City and Washington, D.C. She is the founder and director of the professional ensemble Ammaya Dance & Drum, which has performed African-rooted music and dance at venues across New England. The ensemble gives dance and drum workshops for children, adults, seniors and people with disabilities.


B.A., Yale University