Emanuel Blackett was a principal dancer for ABAKUÁ from 2002 until 2008 before transitioning into his current role as Director, Development and Education. Manny’s primary goals are to develop programs to promote dancer training and development. Manny‘s aim is to combine his love for dance with his passion for human development.  Manny continues to train and perform with the company during select performances.



Johnny Matos was a principal dancer for ABAKUÁ from 2001 until 2006 before transitioning off the stage to work behind the scenes. In his new role as Executive Director, Production & Company Management, he has overseen the production and tour management of ABAKUÁ performances directly and abroad. Johnny has been instrumental in the company’s development, becoming one of the company’s initial board members. Johnny’s background in non-profit management and his charisma make him an asset to the growing company.


Aisha’s contributions to the ABAKUÁ Afro-Latin Dance Company have been countless since its inception in 2000. As cofounder of the dance company, Aisha helped to set the tone for artistic direction of the company. Her ability to capture the vision of the company’s repertoire in costume, make-up and hair has been invaluable to establishing the ABAKUÁ unique style. Constantly evolving, Aisha’s dynamic personality and limitless passion have contributed to plethora of artistic projects in music, film &dance. Her work has been featured in Latina Magazine, Fuego Magazine, American Latino TV, New York Fashion Week, Modern Style among many other media and events.



Angelina's work in theater has taken her from coast to coast.  She is a scenic designer, production manager and producer, and is excited to bring her knowledge, dedication and passion for creating live theaterto ABAKUÁ .