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Burning Coal Theatre Announces Naima Adedapo to appear on American Idol

Naima Adedapo Burning Coal Theatre American IdolBurning Coal Theatre Company is proud to announce that one of its own, Naima Adedapo will be appearing on American Idol tomorrow (Wednesday) at 8 pm EST on FOX.  Naima’s audition was held in Milwaukee, WI, from whence she hails.  She appeared at Burning Coal in December in our production of CROWNS, a gospel musical by Regina Taylor.

Naima Adedapo (Yolanda).  For Burning Coal: Crowns (2008 and 2010).  A native of Chicago, has been trained in African Dance through her home, Ndongo (Lucky) Diop, Jam Ak Jam African Dance Theatre, she spent four years performing with Ko-Thi African Dance Company and is currently a senior company member. She graduated with honors from the UWM Peck School of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and has been trained in Modern, Ballet, Jazz, Stepping and Hip Hop as well.  Naima has performed in works choreographed by Ferne Caulker-Bronson, Roxanne Kess, Melissa Beverly, Youseff Kumbassa, Darci Wutz, Clare Byrne, Elizebeth Torres, Cedrick Gardener, Louis Hurd, Andre Tyson, Ed Burgess, Laurie Ann Gibson, Ronald K. Brown and Laura Dean.  Naima was one of the 38 nationwide finalists MTV’s/P. Diddy’s reality T.V. show “Making the Band”.  Also experienced in Theater, Naima has performed in For Colored Girls who have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enough (Lady in Red, 2003), West Side Story (Anita, 2007), Unclothed (Caregiver, 2009) and more.  One of her choreographed works Behind Closed Doors: Everything is African was chosen for UWM’s New Dancemaker’s concert, The ACDFA Gala Concert (out of 75 dance pieces nationwide), UWM’s High School Outreach program, and to be performed at the Peck School of the Arts Graduation Convocation Ceremony.  Since the age of 13-years-old she has taught Stepping, African Dance, and Hip Hop to youth for several different community outreach centers and schools all over Milwaukee as an intern and performing artist with Milwaukee Public Theatre.  Also a vocalist, Naima sings with two local African Pop groups “Sindoolaa” and “Kassumai” and now lead sings in her own reggae band “R.A.S. Movement”.  Carrying on the traditions of her ancestors and passing them on to the youth, Naima Adedapo gives thanks for the many talents that have been bestowed upon her (including being a mommy and a wife) and plans to follow in the footsteps of those great Africans who came before her.

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