Tammy Johnson: My Identity
Tammy Johnson performs a belly dance piece based on a poem written by Leroy F. Moore about self definition and the external gaze.
Specializing in Raks Baladi (known as Egyptian style belly dancing,) Tammy Johnson is the founding director of Project Aiwa which celebrates the culture and people of North Africa. For over a decade Johnson and Etang Inyang performed as Raks Africa, and co-directed Girls Raks Bellydance and Body Image Program. Johnson’s solo work Aiwa! was featured in the 2017 Live Arts in Resistance at Eastside Arts Alliance. Johnson was the 2016 recipient of Deborah Slater’s Studio 210 Residency Program. She performed in ChimaTEK: Hybridity Visualization Mandala, a piece created by renowned performance visual artist Saya Woolfalk, at San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum in 2014. Through the dance the Oakland, California based Johnson fulfills her life’s purpose; to be a happy Black woman.