University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Ko-Thi Dance Company



Founded in 1969 by Ferne Yangyeitie Caulker Bronson, a native of Sierra Leone, West Africa, the Ko-Thi Dance Company uses a myriad of traditional instruments, authentic costumes, infectious music, and extraordinary dance to educate and bridge the gap between cultures. In 1995, Ko-Thi was officially designated as "artists-in-residence" at the Peck School of the Arts. This affiliated provide Ko-Thi with in-kind rehearsal and teaching space at UWM, and Ferne Bronson also holds a faculty appointment within the Department of Dance.  

In addition to its theatrical performances, the company provides the following: a year round studio series offering classes in dance and drumming to children and adults servicing over 250 enrollees; a children's performing ensemble and a comprehensive educational outreach program—DRUMTALK. Ko-Thi boasts a prestigious national and international touring history. International touring includes the Mitsui Festival in Tokyo, Japan and the Harbor Festival in Toronto Canada. National touring has included performances at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's DANCE AFRICA in New York, Minnesota and Chicago; tours from Minnesota to California, New York to Florida—Disney World. Ko-Thi was chosen by two States to be part of their DANCE USA Dance On Tour: Ohio and Delaware.  

The Ko-Thi Dance Company is committed to expanding and diversifying any curricula by the development of a comprehensive educational program. This program, called DRUMTALK, serves all members of a community with classes on the history, language, dance and drumming of the continent of Africa and the Diaspora.