Instructor of the Quarter- Zakiya Cornish

A New Orleans native currently residing in Philadelphia, Zakiya joined the ASA! family in the summer of 2016 as the first certified ASA! instructor in Philadelphia! She holds a BA in Business Management with concentrations in traditional and contemporary dance and music of the African Diaspora.

Zakiya has performed with several African dance and drum companies, served as a teaching artist for 5 years with Young Audiences of Louisiana and just recently earned an MFA degree in Dance at Temple University. In addition to her involvement with various West African performing companies, Zakiya continues to work with world renowned choreographers across the United States and abroad. Her passion and love for the dance is evident in her ASA! classes, as she consistently emphasizes style, technique, grace….and SWEAT!

Catch Zakiya in Philly for

Whine Wednesdays 7pm at the Dance Institute of Philadelphia


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