Mariama Law

Teaching Assistant

Mariama "Ama" Law began her dance training with Kankouran West African Dance Company. Literally being born into the African culture, as both of her parents are founding members, she was a company member for most of her youth and teenage years. She graduated with a B.S. in Biological Sciences and a certificate in Women's Studies from University of Maryland College Park. While at UMD she enjoyed dancing, choreographing and leading Dynamic Hip-Hop dance team. 

She took a break from academia to complete a rigorous internship at Broadway Dance Center in Manhattan, NY training under world-renowned choreographers such as Luam, Rhapsody James and Jared Grimes. Since returning, it's been her goal to share her training with everyone. She has taught at various studios in the DMV area, lectured as an adjunct faculty member at Howard Community College and traveled teaching workshops with the Kids Artistic Revue (KAR) Dance Convention/Competition. 

She and her husband Chris often teach, mentor and battle together as “Project ChArma”. She is a Culture Shock DC alumni and a fifth year member of the all-girl crew, Kickrocks! Additionally, she is 2019 MFA dance candidate at UMD. She is interested in exploring the intersections between African dance, hip hop/urban dance styles and modern dance from the female perspective. She is also excited to learn new avenues for providing inspiration to the future generation of movers to not only become fierce but, knowledgeable individuals.


  • 2016-2017 TDPS Research Fellowship recipient (UMD)
  • 2017 Paragraph D Sherrill Berryman Johnson Fellowship in Dance Award (research in the archives at Howard University)