Passionate, dedicated, and hardworking is the least to say about Yaminah Legohn, artistic director, choreographer, teacher, motivational speaker, professional dancer and performing artist of West African, Dancehall, Hip Hop, Jazz, contemporary and Modern dance styles.
Former Debutante and NAACP Speech Award winner. Legohn was featured in Dance Mogul Magazine, Dance Spirit Magazine, appeared dancing on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," choreographing on BET's "F In Fabulous" for Savannah Lynx, choreographed for Akademia Award-winning music video, "I Remember," by Carl Thornton, and the latest music video she choreographed, "On You" by Russell Elliot was featured in Paper Magazine.
Before moving to New York, Legohn spent time in her hometown Los Angeles, gaining experience in the Hollywood industry as a choreographer, teacher, and professional dancer. She has worked with multiple artists such as Shakira, Nick Cannon, N.E.R.D., Killa Mike,
Nelly Furtado , Lil Wayne, B.o.B., Fizz & Boog, Mack 10, J Holiday, Tony Toni Toné and appeared on film/TV and commercials such as FAME, MTV's "Non Stop Summer", Disney’s “Phineas & Ferb," and “So Random," BET's "The Mo'Nique Show" and The Oxygen Channel's "Hair Battle Spectacular 2."
Yaminah’s electrifying choreography, dance direction and performances have also been sought by some of the industry’s top ranking festivals and events, including Afropunk, World Of Dance , Brooklyn Museum's "Target's First Saturdays", Asase Yaa African American Dance Theater, Choreographer's Ball "Carnival" in Hollywood and New York, SF International Hip Hop Festival, International African Arts Festival,
FIYAH Productions Dancehall Theater, RAW Artists in Los Angeles and New York, Black Choreography Festival in San Francisco, and the Soul Nation Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia.
There is no doubt that Yaminah is a well-rounded and trained dancer. Having studied and trained in Classical Ballet, Modern (Horton, Graham, Limón and Dunham techniques), West African and Hip Hop, Legohn’s versatility translates seamlessly into every performance and choreographed piece.
She has trained and studied at The Alvin Ailey School, Edge Performing Arts Center, Lula Washington, and The Alice Arts Center.
Adding to her dynamic repertoire, she embraced Dancehall growing up in the vibrant culture and often fuses the dance style in her choreography. “Dancehall has always been a part of my soul and has been a major influence in my artistic development.”
In 2010, Legohn founded Art of Legohn, LLC a multimedia arts and entertainment company, that specializes in dance, music and visual arts. Her company has produced successful running events such as, Dancehall Battle NYC® and Red Light Special A Night Of Urban Burlesque™, which continues to thrive.
Yaminah Legohn masters her choreography, teaching and performing arts projects by continuing to captivate audiences through her artistic performances and by building the dancer in her electrifying and energetic classes. Legohn has taught master classes and weekly classes in Hollywood, San Francisco, and New York City.
Legohn has taught for Alvin Ailey, Columbia University, EXPG New York, Cumbe Center For African And Diaspora Dance, Abrons Arts Center, IDA Hollywood, American College Dance Festival, Lines Ballet San Francisco Dance Center, ODC Dance Commons San Francisco. and Gibney Dance Studios.
She loves to spread her knowledge of dance and enjoys helping her students become great dancers. Simply put, she lives to spread her love and passion for the arts.
Legohn holds a BA degree in Speech Communications & Dance with an emphasis in choreography from San Francisco State University.