Yolanda Ackles

Yolanda Ackles is a senior member of the Kankouran West African Dance Company, established in 1983 in Washington, D.C., with founders Assane Kounte, Artistic Director, and the late Abdou Kounta, Musical Director. She is the featured dancer in Ain’t You Got a Right to the Tree of Life?” ARTScape, which included the African American traditional tale The People Could Fly. Ackles’ dance experience spans decades and has graced national and international stages in education, performance venues, and wellness centers.

Yolanda Ackles is a senior member of the Kankouran West African Dance Company, established in 1983 in Washington, D.C., with founders Assane Kounte, Artistic Director, and the late Abdou Kounta, Musical Director. She is the featured dancer in Ain’t You Got a Right to the Tree of Life?” ARTScape, which included the African American traditional tale The People Could Fly. Ackles’ dance experience spans decades and has graced national and international stages in education, performance venues, and wellness centers.

She has worked with the renowned Melvin Deal of African Dancers and Drummers, Carol Foster, who has established a tremendous archive of Black Dance in the DMV with youth and adults. Ackles also has worked with the late Sherrill Berryman-Miller of Howard University through her experienced workshop training with greats such as Louis Johnson and Katherine Dunham.

Ackles has created introductory dance courses at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and lent her skills and talents to dance therapy.