About the Owners

Amy Xotyeni,  
Owner/Director and Teacher

Amy Xotyeni, Owner and Director of Izizwe Dance Studio, has been teaching and choreographing for the past 9 years. She has trained with Boston Ballet, Burklyn Ballet Theatre, The HARTT School of Dance, iKapa Dance Theatre, and Bridgewater State University. She has launched international dance exchange programs for underprivileged youth in South Africa and Boston and hosted the first Jean Appolon Summer Dance Institute in the United States. She has taught at several dance studios around Massachusetts before becoming the director of Izizwe Dance Studio. She has collaborated with international leading artist on several projects both here and abroad and has been an outreach dance teacher for Boston and Lawrence Public Schools.  She holds a B.F.A. in Dance Education.



Mcebisi Xotyeni,  
Owner/Director and Teacher


Mcebisi Xotyeni, of Cape Town, South Africa, is a professional dancer, teacher, and choreographer. He began dancing with the outreach program Dance For All, where he trained extensively in ballet, African, contemporary, and hip hop. He was awarded a full scholarship with Dance For All, and eventually began working for the professional dance company iKapa Dance Theatre. He has also worked with leading companies in South Africa such as: Cape Town City Ballet, Suede Productions, and Sibonelo Dance Project. He has performed for numerous festivals and has collaborated with international artists for performances and outreach projects. He currently dances professionally with one of Bostons leading dance companies; Jean Appolon Expressions in Cambridge Massachusetts. Mcebisi has also taught for Lawrence and Boston Public Schools, Boston University, and The School of Classical Ballet.