Izizwe Dance Studio promotes empowerment and artistic excellence for individuals and communities.

Izizwe Dance Studio, under the direction of Amy Xotyeni, is a non-competitive dance studio with a mission to make the highest quality dance training accessible to young people of all backgrounds. Located in Lawrence Ma. Izizwe focuses on developing and nurturing strong dancers while preparing them for success as artists, leaders, and individuals. 

We offer the necessary techniques needed for those pursuing dance in college, professionally, on Broadway, or recreationally. Classes at Izizwe Dance Studio are centered around the development of strong technique while expressing and understanding oneself clearly through movement. We want our students to feel empowered both as individuals and as a diverse community. 

Irise Dance Project

Irise Dance Project is a 501c3 organization based at Izizwe Dance Studio. Irise aims to empower youth and communities through the transformative power of dance. Our mission is to make high-quality dance education accessible to all individuals and to provide the opportunities and support needed to elevate professional dance in the communities we serve.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Lawrence Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

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Education and Partnerships

Izizwe Dance Studio believes everyone can benefit from the healing power of dance. Our various partnerships have given us the opportunity to educate and uplift people of all ages and backgrounds, furthering our mission to build empowered and caring communities through dance.

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African Dance

Izizwe offers drop-in African Dance classes on Tuesday's from 7:15-8:15! Beginning September 12th, South African dancer and drummer Mcebisi Xotyeni will teach this signature class which includes live drumming. Come sweat and be in community while experiencing the healing power of African dance!

All ages and abilities welcome. $10 per class, no registration required.

Introducing Irise Dance Project 2024!