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The Nia African & African-American Drummers and Dancers

The Nia African & African-American Drummers and Dancers is a UW-Green Bay & community-based group, founded in 2002 by Mrs. Juliet E. Cole of UW-Green Bay to promote an appreciation of diversity through the practice and performance of African-style dancing and drumming. The drummers are the core of the group; for, it is through them that the dancers are able to tell a story to the audience.

There are no fees for the members; donations and honorariums are used for such purposes as providing authentic clothing, equipment, and workshops for dedicated Nia participants. Practices are on Mondays from 7 to 8 p.m., typically at the UW-Green Bay Union building in the fall and winter, and in UW-GB's dance studio or in local parks during the summer months. Performances are scheduled throughout the year upon request. Anyone is welcome to join Nia at any time during the year. Please contact us in advance for exact locations.


Check back soon for additional workshops and Drum/Dance events!

The Ayodele Drum and Dance website: Ayodele Drum & Dance

Thank you, in advance, for your interest and participation these fantastic workshop! We look forward to seeing you in the future!


Nia Dance Group Weekly Practices

If you are interested in learning more about the Nia Dance Group, we do have weekly dance practices, which are open to the public to attend. If you are interested, the information regarding the practices is as follows:

What: NIA Dance Practices

When & Where: Monday evenings from 7-8 p.m. on the UWGB

Monday, Nov. 4th in the University Union Phoenix Rm. C

Monday, Dec. 1st in the University Union Phoenix Rm. A

Monday, Dec. 8th in the University Union Phoenix Rm. B

Who to contact for questions: Juliet Cole (920) 465-5094 or Jiarry Vang (920) 465-5555

***Please be watchful of the weather during this time of the year. If you have questions or concern regarding dance practice cancellations, please contact us at (920) 465-5555 on Mondays before 4:30 p.m.***  

-Directions on Where to Park and How to Get to the University Union

-Map of UWGB Campus

-NIA Dance Flyer


Contact Information

Juliet Cole (founder) (920) 465-5094 or 465-5555
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay, WI 54311

Kurt Risch (drum leader)
Louise King (co-manager)
Margaret "Toni" Lardinois (co-manager)