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Spiritual journey leads to dance and self-publication for Baltimore mother

My First African Dance by Tremontenia Morgan
My First African Dance by Tremontenia Morgan
used with permission from Tremontenia Morgan

Tremontenia Morgan is known as Mama T to her students. She has written, published and released a book for children about the art of African Dance. She consented to an interview with this writer on April 24, 2014 during which she discussed her journey.

Her book is entitled “My First African Dance” published in September 2013. She was working at a local shelter and decided to write a children’s book. The story was based on her personal experiences dancing Funga, a welcome dance from Liberia, West Africa. She has worked with children for the last 25 years and really enjoys the experience.

She says, "Oprah Winfrey is a great influence in my life. God is a stronger influence in my spiritual journey in life."

Morgan has performed at festivals, community organizations, museums, churches, schools, colleges and universities. She has also performed at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. and most recently, at the Inaugural Ball for President Obama.

She created a dance company for mature women. The name of the group is Spiritual Creation Dance Company.

Morgan is currently working on a second children’s book. She also teaches children at the Jubilee Arts Studio in Baltimore's Upton community.

Within the next 3 years, she hopes to be retired from the Baltimore City Public School System and continue to teach dance to children. She would like to write more children books and travel around the world, specifically to West Africa to experience African dance.

Morgan would like to be remembered as a human being who tried to make a positive difference in the community and all over the world.

She says, "I teach my students in dance class to humble themselves and learn as many positive experiences so they can grow up to be diverse in many areas of their life. I tell them that there is a whole world out there and to not be afraid of it."

Tremontenia Morgan can be reached at mamtdance@gmail.com