Greg Ince is a drummer, educator and co-founder of SCPA who is passionate about sharing African culture with others. In addition to previously working as a teacher in the Kansas City school system, Greg has more than three decades of experience teaching African drumming and dancing in schools across the country.
Raised in Brooklyn, New York by his Cuban father and Panamanian mother, Greg comes from a family of talented percussionist. His thirst for music led him to study with teachers such as his older brother Baba Walter Ince, Papa Ladji Camara, Mamady Keita, Abdou Kounta, Abdoul Doumbia and Fadouba Oulare just to name a few.
Greg has performed both at home and abroad with great artists and ensembles such as Alvin Ailey, Arthur Mitchell of Dance Theater of Harlem, Marie Brooks' Caribbean Dance Theatre and The Chuck Davis African American Dance Ensemble. He was also the co-founder of the International Afrikan American Ballet.
Sister Shaliah, co-founder of SCPA is a talented professional dancer with over 30 years of experience conducting residencies in schools across the U.S. Born and raised in New York City, she began her love of dance at the early age of three. As a child she studied ballet, modern, tap and jazz at the LaRoque Bey School of Dance, Arthur Mitchell's Dance Theater of Harlem and Harlem School of the Arts.
Sister Shaliah's humbling experiences gave her the opportunity to tour in 10 different cities of Italy with a local ministry. She has also choreographed for pop artists "Musique".
Feeling the call of Africa, Shaliah went to study West African dance and culture with Nafissa Shariff which led her to dance with several African dance companies including Kowteff African Dance Company, Djoule African, The Mamadou Dahoue Dance Company and the Chuck Davis African American Dance Ensemble.