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About BWPC

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Barbea Williams Performing Company, Arizona’s premier African Centered Performing Company. Our emphasis is on Afrikan and Afrikan Latino dance, choreography, choreo-poetry, cultural folklore, story dance, using dance to educate and bring attention to current events and social justice issues. Face painting/body art and history. We offer dance and drum classes for all age groups and skill levels, community and career-oriented Artists.


Our mission is to teach, cultivate, promote, foster and develop within the Greater Tucson Community, State of Arizona and Global Society an appreciation, understanding, and love of the performing, literary and visual arts; develop the interests of patrons/donors of these arts; provide a venue for new talent with the skills needed for professional stage presentation and entrepreneurial investments. To express our diverse heritage through multigenerational mentoring/exchanges that use the arts and culture to promote higher education and express healthy lifestyle choices.

We develop within our program an appreciation, understanding and love of the performing, literary and visual arts; provide a venue for new talent with the skills needed for professional stage presentation. While expressing our diverse heritage through multigenerational mentoring, exchanges that use the arts to express healthy lifestyle choices.

Our Founder


This award-winning performer is dedicated to sharing ethnic dance, theatre and visual cultural traditions that derive from Africa and the African Diaspora, as an Arts Educator, Performing and Visual Artist. Currently, Ms. Williams is the Artistic Director of Barbea Williams Performing Company – BWPC (Co-Founder), in her 21st year as Faculty for the School of Dance at the University of Arizona; she also serves as the managing director for the BWPC Dance and Art Academy. This company offers various classes, workshops and residences specializing in African and African Latino cultural expressions. Her performances seek to transfer her audiences to another world rekindling spirits of missed opportunities

Our Sponsors 


In Community, Collaboration and Culture

Join our list of Community Collaborative Organizations. BWPC believes the saying “It Takes a Village”, but it also takes a Community willing to Collaborate for the Culture.

Our Mission

Our Affiliations and Guidelines

We are affiliated with:

  • BWPC (Barbea Williams Performing Company) Dance and Art Academy

  • IMA-CAT (Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance – Community Action Teem, Inc.)

  • Art and Culture Domain

  • TKCA (Teem Keeping the Culture Alive)

We align and collaborate with Nonprofit Arts & Cultural Organizations – Organizations across Arizona dedicated to furthering Social Causes, Arts and Cultural Development and Arts Advocacy.

Performing Arts – Dedicated to all areas of talent and entertainment.

Arts Instructors & Educators – Arts Educators work to provide access to quality arts learning opportunities to individuals of all ages.

Cultural Organizations, Arts Guilds & Societies – Institutions working to preserve, promote, and increase access to arts and culture in the region.

Barbea Williams Performing Company Inc. does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

Barbea Williams Performing Company Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

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