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Celebrating Black History with Sonic Safari for Schools

  • Spoede Elementary School 425 North Spoede Road Creve Coeur, MO, 63141 United States (map)

Tahira Mari shares interactive African dances, stories and songs.

Tahira Mari serves as Performing Arts Exchange Coordinator for the African Musical Arts organization in Saint Louis, Missouri. As dancer/choreographer, her duties include teaching West African dance, Zumba and theatre at K-12 schools and community centers around St. Louis, including Eagle Charter School, Ferguson Middle School, Maryville University, Jewish Community Center, and Lift-for-Life Gym. Tahira’s responsibilities also includes choreographing Songs of Africa Ensemble shows and leading dance workshops for the African Musical Arts.  

Tahira has a passion for dance, the musical arts and cultural traditions particularly pertaining to West Africa and the African Diaspora. She has danced with Afriky Lolo Dance Company, sang with the Saint Louis Symphony’s “InUnison Chorus,” and received specialized training from other leading performing arts ensembles. 

Tahira attended Webster University and studied Scriptwriting, Playwriting and Spanish, and exudes a flare for languages, yoga, and world cultures. Her production credits include serving in various capacities in theatre productions such as “Annie,” “Willie Wonka,” “Menken the World a Better Place,” “The Lion King,” among others. She aspires to be a positive role model for other young people, and utilizes her artistic talents to expose audiences to African arts and cultures. She can be reached by telephone at 314-289-4051 or email at