Dele holds degrees from Hampton University, Bowling Green State University and the University of Calabar West Africa and continues expanding her educational pursuits as a PH.D candidate in African American Studies at Temple University and as the Chief Operating Officer and Program Director of Say Yes! To Life Educational Services in Los Angeles.
She has performed with Weusi Kuumba African Dance Ensemble, the African Heritage Dancers and Drummers, Chuck Davis Dance Company, the University of Calabar Dancers of Nigeria and The Forces of Nature. ‘Dele has directed and managed numerous dance and theatre companies in addition to serving as the Assistant Director of Theatre at Grambling State University, LA; Director/Manager of the Mojo Players Theater Group, Bowling Green Ohio; Business Manager/Technical Director of the Department of Performing Arts, University of Calabar, Nigeria; Lecturer/Arts Fellow at the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria; and Associate Professor of African and Caribbean Literature at Hunter College. ‘Dele also served as the Program Director of the Rheedlen Foundation Parents Help Center in Harlem, NY and continues to provide cultural programming as a Consultant to the Harlem Children’s Zone.
Ms. Husbands is a former member of the dance faculties at the Alvin Ailey School and the Ruth Williams Dance Foundation and served as a teaching artist for Community Works, the Caribbean Cultural Center where she also served as the Educational Coordinator; Project Arts, The New York Foundation for the Arts, and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. She is the first recipient of the Harlem Dance Legends Award in Arts in Education, Harlem NY; featured in the Community Works “Living Legends” photo exhibit that has toured the country and continues to conduct master classes and workshops in West African and African American dance, history and culture both nationally and internationally. Ms. Husbands is also a certified Vinyasa Yoga Instructor and is the founder of “Kemetic Flow Dance and Sacred Movement Arts” which is based in the history and language of Ancient Egypt (Kemet).
Olabamidele Husbands (Dele) is the Chief Executive Officer and Director of Education for the Forces of Nature Dance Theater Company, which she co-founded in 1981 in partnership with Executive Artistic Director/ Choreographer, Abdel Salaam. In addition to her administrative work she has served as a Master West African Dance Teacher and Rehearsal Director for the company and performed as a Principal Dancer since 1986. She carried the company’s mission to Nigeria, West Africa in 1982 where she served as a Senior Arts Fellow at the University of Calabar and the University of Port Harcourt working with the famed Nigerian Playwright Ola Rotimi and Somali author Nurridin Farrah. While there she produced and hosted a weekly television series entitled “The Forces of Nature” which aired until her return to the United States in 1984. Ms. Husbands toured extensively throughout Nigeria as a dancer, actress and vocalist working with famed African musicians, Geraldo Pino (Sierre Leone), Manu Dibango (Cameroun); guest artist appearances with Fela and Roy …read more