Founding Director, African Heritage Dancers & Drummers
The Founding Executive Artistic Director of the African Heritage Dancers and Drummers is, Mr. Melvin Deal, a veteran artist of more than forty
one years. Mr. Deal, has worked tirelessly in researching African cultural manifestations to be used in the building of Self-Esteem and addressing the presence of Violence, Delinquency and Dysfunctional lifestyles and abuse in African-American communities.
An accomplished, Dancer, Musician, Choreographer, Researcher and Director, Mr. Deal is a graduate of Howard University, with a BA degree in Fine Arts & Education. Mr. Deal has studied at Ghana University, University of Nigeria at Ibadan and at num-erous cultural institutions nationally and abroad in the African Diaspora.
The recipient of many prestigious awards, among which includes: The Washington’s “Living Legends” Award, 1980, “Washingtonian of the Year,1981”, “Mayor’s Arts Award, 1981”, “Baltimore’s” Great Blacks In Wax Award”, 1995, “Philadelphia’s ‘CODUND” Award, 1995 and many others.
Mr. Deal performs and teaches regularly in the African Heritage Dance Center and in many Elementary & Secondary school systems and conducts classes, seminars, master classes and lecture demonstrations for Colleges, Universities and special cultural input to Motivational programs such as “’Robins Research Institute”, National Association of Social Workers, National Association of Black Psychologist, Boys & Girl Scouts of America, Office of Criminal Justice and many others.
Mr. Deal is a consummate “Performance Artist”, focusing his revealing, magically colorful and insightful presentations on “AIDS” issues of, Healing, Prevention and Revelation.
A community Artist of uncommon perseverance, Mr. Deal remains true to his calling.