Dance & Drum Company


The AACC Dance and Drum Performance Company is the agency’s founding component. AACC founder Malcolm Erni believed that knowledge and understanding of traditional West African rhythm and movement could help to revitalize his beloved East Side Buffalo, NY community. Its mission is to provide authentic cultural exchange as a means of educational enlightenment.


The company has developed under the direction of West African cultural artists and the influence of African American pioneers in the dance genre. Sengalese nationals who have contributed to the growth of the AACC Dance and Drum Performance Company include Youssou Lo, Adama Seydi, Raymond Syla, Ussnom Sail, M’Baye Babacar among others. Its repertoire has been compiled with attention to the influence of American choreographers Katherine Dunham and Pearl Primus, among others. The dance chamber is named for choreographer Ronnie Latham, who also played an important role in its development.

The AACC Dance and Drum Performance Company has performed before an estimated 200,000 people in New York, Ohio,

South Carolina, Ontario and Canada. Currently Artistic Director Lynette Simmons and Assistant Director Linda Darnell Barr instructs weekly dance and drum classes for adult's and children which are open to the community. The company is available for corporate, community-based, religious, and other booking engagements.  For information about the companies annual recital please inquire via the email listed below.


To request a performance or for more information contact Lynnette Simmons at the African American Cultural Center at 716-884-2013 or africancultural350@gmail.com.