Founded in 2007, MAWU is an all-female dance company born out of New York’s underground house scene, whose mission is to embody strong, positive images of women in the urban dance community, and to create fierce and creative works that both educate and inspire new audiences. More than just a unique group of house dancers, MAWU’s strength lies in the diversity of its members, all of whom represent different backgrounds, ethnicities and performance genres including house, hip hop, modern, ballet, African, Afro-Brazilian, and jazz.
The group has presented original work at Alvin Ailey Dance Center, Dixon Place, Jamaica Performing Arts Center, SummerStage and Red Hook Fest, and performance credits include Buddha Stretch’s Step Ya Game Up, Mop Top’s Anniversary Reunion, Ladies of Hip Hop, BAAD!Ass Women and the Boogie Down Dance Series at the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, and Hip Hop Generation Next in partnership with Dancing in the Streets, to name a few. The ladies of MAWU perform, judge competitions, host sessions, and teach workshops all around the world and continue to take this scene by storm one dance floor at a time. The ladies of MAWU are Chriz, Ephrat, Jimbo, Linda, Rhodesia, Secada, Tara, and Tine.