Meet the Instructors

Patricia Hall, CEO & Founder

Patricia Hall, the founder of Kuumba West African Dance Company, started dancing at the age of 27 with Nguzu Saba of Danville, Virginia. Her love for West African culture grew throughout the years, becoming inspired to start KWADC. She has tirelessly led KWADC across the East Coast for various events to educate the community on authentic West African traditions. Mrs. Hall coordinates the annual Danville Kwanzaa Celebrations for attendees to reflect on the principles of Kwanzaa and embrace the past, present, and future of black culture.

Shelita Augustus (Hall)

Shelita Hall, co-founder and assistant dance choreographer of Kuumba West African Dance Company of Danville, VA, has over 15 years of experience creating, perfecting, and teaching West African choreography. Her mother, Patricia Hall, who is the founder of KWADC and mother of Shelita , introduced Shelita to dance at just 4 years of age, being sure to gain experience and knowledge from well-known artists who have traveled to the United States from Guinea, Senegal, Mali, Liberia, and the Ivory Coast. She has experience performing with Suah African Dance Company of Greensboro, NC, Elegba Folklore Society of Richmond, VA, Ubuntu African Dance Group of Norfolk, VA, and The Day Program of Hampton, VA. She is also a 3rd-year doctoral student for Materials Science and Engineering at Norfolk State University where she is a graduate assistant of the NASA Space Biology Laboratory and engineering trainee for NASA Johnson Space Center.

Korey Hall

Korey Hall, son of Patricia Hall and co-founder and drumming instructor of Kuumba West African Dance Company, has been immersed in the African drumming and dance culture since the age of two. His mother and founder of the company, Patricia Hall, introduced the culture to the family in the early 2000s. Throughout the years, Korey has gained experience and knowledge from a variety of teachers from West Africa. He started band class in middle school, which led to participating in class band and marching band from middle school to college. He has experience with Suah African Dance Company of Greensboro, NC, the Blue and Gold Marching Machine of Greensboro, NC, and Windish Productions of West Chester, PA. He is also a junior at North Carolina A&T State University, taking up Industrial and Systems Engineering.