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Masankho Banda



Oakland, CA 94606
United States
T: 510 773 7328
F: 800 201 4932




Ucandanc African Healing Arts


Facilitating Healing and Creating Peace with African Dance, InterPlay & Storytelling classes, workshops & Retreats. Based in Oakland most of my work is in the Bay Area but workshops and retreats are held all over the United States and in Europe and Africa.
Intergenerational, Multicultural, experiential are all words that are used to describe my classes and retreats. No prior experience necessary just a willingness to play, learn and grow. Visit my website for details.

Profile and Credentials        

I am a multi - disciplinary Performing Artist, Facilitator, Spiritual Guide and Peace Activist. I bring many unique perspectives to my work as a Healer and Performing Artist. I learned the fine arts of storytelling and dance from my Malawian culture spending many days and nights listening to stories and dancing to music that captivated my mind, shaped my being, nourished my soul and strengthened my spirit.
I arrived in the United States from Malawi in 1987 as a refugee fleeing political persecution (My father spent twelve years in prison as a political prisoner). I got my BA degree in Theater from the College of Wooster in Ohio.
Using dance, theater, music, drumming and storytelling I motivate and inspire people of all ages to work together to bring about peace, social justice and cultural understanding. I have had many successes as an Inspirational Leader to children, youth & adults around the world.
In 1997, I started Ucandanc African Healing Arts to bring my passion for dance and storytelling to communities around the world. I serve on the Board of Pathways To Peace and perform with Wing It Performance Ensemble. I am the recipient of the “Unsung Heroes of Compassion” Award which was awarded by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on May 16th, 2001

Philosophy and Comments        

Using dance, theater, music, drumming and storytelling to motivate and inspire people of all ages to work together to bring about peace, social justice and cultural understanding & to bring the joy of dance and storytelling to all generations and cultures to create joy and facilitate spiritual and physical healing.

Work Hours and Fee Schedule        


InterPlay Leadership Program        

Mentoring for Leadership Development & Personal Growth

Designed to mentor participants in the practice and philosophy of InterPlay, the Leadership Program creates a framework of relationship with Cynthia Winton-Henry, Phil Porter, Masankho Banda and other IntePlay leaders. Together, we use IntePlay to experience integration of body, mind, heart, and spirit, and to learn what it means to lead an embodied life. Playfulness, practice, and personal attention provide ways to apply InterPlay to life and work. The Leadership Program offers the essentials of transformation, affirmation, body wisdom tools and practices, and community support. All you need is willingness.




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