T. Omiyale Harris
Associate Artistic Director
Tambra Omiyale Harris is a native of Oakland, California and is a graduate of Georgia State University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Exercise Science. She is currently a choreographer, musician, teacher, dancer, and the Associate Artistic Director with GIWAYEN MATA as well as a teacher of dance at Charles R. Drew Charter School in Atlanta, GA.
Omiyale began her training in contemporary dance at Skyline High School, a distinguished performing arts institution under the tutelage of Dawn James. She continued her training during her college at Clark Atlanta University as a member of Spelman College Dance Ensemble and Ayoluwa African Dance Company while beginning her professional career with the Harry Bryce African American Dance Theatre. To add to her credits she has studied and performed under the direction of world renowned African and Contemporary dancers such as Abdulaye Camara, Assane Konte, Youssouf Koumbassa, Marie Basse Wiles, Djian Tie, Omelika Kuumba, Kwame Ross, Abdel Salam, Ronald K. Brown, Jawole Zolar, Deborah Vaughn, Dr. Veta Goler, Kenneth Green, Pamelah Maragh and Debbie Allen.
Omiyale has enjoyed the opportunities to perform with world-renowned artists such as Dionne Farris, Laurnea, Nadira Shakoor, and The SOS Band. She performed in the opennig cast of Busch Garden’s Broadway style production “KATONGA” and TLS’s music video “Girl Talk”.
Omiyale believes that dance will save lives by providing fitness, fun, and freedom of mind, body, and spirit.