Shaumba-Yandje Dibinga is the founding Executive and Artistic Director of OrigiNation, Inc. She has extensive training, teaching and performance experience in all areas of dance including African, tap, hip-hop, swing, gospel, ballet, step, modern and jazz. She received dance training at the Boston Conservatory and the Alvin Ailey School. Shaumba-Yandje worked with AileyCamp Boston for ten years, eight of which she served as camp director. She has facilitated workshops for the Wang Centers Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk, the entire Needham Elementary School System of 3,000 students, Riverdance, the Wizard of Oz, Grammy Award Winning R&B Artist Lauryn Hills Refugee Project Summer Camp, Women's Sports Foundation's go Girl Fitness Challenge, and the Voices of Renaissance 200 member children's choir. Internationally, Shaumba-Yandje has conducted workshops in South Africa, Senegal, Ghana, London, New Orleans and Haiti. Author of the poetry book "Pride in My Stride", Dibinga has used the publication to conduct many group discussions around bullying, team building, self pride, and the importance of being physically fit.
"Over the last 23 years, I have been the Founding Executive and Artistic Director of OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center - empowering youth leaders one dancer at a time (www.originationinc.org). Last year I decided to form ShapeUp with Shaumba to focus solely on obesity and what goes along with that when it comes to our children".
ShapeUp with Shaumba works with school and programs throughout the year to get young people moving through dance and calisthenics. We also teach children the importance of eating healthier and using their voice to relay how they are feeling. ShapeUp also runs smaller group programs which involve one on one and family involvement.
"In working with young people, I have had the opportunity to hear their stories about being called names by their parents, siblings, and friends with respect to their weight. I have also had the chance to help them figure out how to make them feel great about themselves and voice how they are feeling to those who are making them feel small".