Mariama Law

Teaching Assistant
1943 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

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 and her husband Chris often teach, mentor and present work together as “Project ChArma”. She is an alumni of local hip hop groups Culture Shock DC and Kickrocks. Currently she is a 2019 MFA dance candidate at UMD presenting her thesis concert, tides, on February 8th, 9th & 10th, 2019.

Her research explores the intersections between African dance, hip hop/urban dance styles and modern dance from the female perspective. She is also a passionate educator. Always searching for new avenues to provide 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)

Professional production work

  • “LOCS/you can play in the sun” by MK Abadoo at Millennium Stage Kennedy Center LDCP, Sept 21st-22nd, 2018 (dancer)
  • “Full Circle (excerpt)” at Howard County Dance Festival Feb 10th, 2018 (choreographer)
  • “Full Circle: Bridging the Gap” at Dance Place DC Feb 17th-18th, 2018 (choreographer, co-producer)

Non-professional production work

  • “Tertiary Spaces” at UMD- Second Season Production Feb 2nd-4th, 2018 (choreographer)
  • “CLOVE” at UMD- Main Season Production April 27th-May 6th (choreographer)