Ezibu Muntu African Dance Company
P.O. Box 62
Richmond VA 23219
Mission Statement To educate, entertain and enrich the lives of children and the community through the preservation and performance of traditional African rhythms, dances, songs and cultural arts.
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Ezibu Junior & Senior Company
CEO/Executive Director Renee Knight
Board Chair Renee Knight
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 62
Richmond, VA 23219
Telephone 804 592-0086
Fax 804 523-3061
E-mail info@ezibumuntu.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1987
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $14,420.00
Projected Expenses $17,366.00
Mission To educate, entertain and enrich the lives of children and the community through the preservation and performance of traditional African rhythms, dances, songs and cultural arts.


  • Celebrated our 40th Anniversary with a full spectrum of classes, workshops, performances, reunions and galas, expanding public awareness of Ezibu’s role in our community.
  • Increased youth participation in Daughter and Sons of Ezibu Dance and Drum Program by 20% to 20 youth.
  • Featured group in DanceAfrica DC Festival (Washington, D.C.)
  • Provided pro bono performances and classes toward health and cultural arts education
  • Continue development of current youth in the Daughter and Sons of Ezibu Dance and Drum Program
  • Offer more master classes and workshops to the community by guest artist
  • Continue pursuit of funding to support programs i.e. Master classes, dance and drum scholarships, drum maintenance
  • Minor renovations and repairs to the studio

Capital Support: toward the renovation of instructional spaces and redesign and to re-purpose the reception area.

  • Repairs and renovations to studio space: floors, ceilings, windows, paint, plumbing and more storage space.

Program Support Items:

  • Van for transportation to/from events and child pick-up/drop-off
  • Financial support for drum maintenance
  • Funding for travel and master classes for members from selected master dancers and drummers.
  • Wardrobe racks or closet shelving/organizer for costumes
  • Office Items: Computer, Color Copier and office furniture

Volunteer Support: committed volunteers who can be trained on specific projects and contribute recurring hours on a somewhat regular schedule with minimal management.

  • Legal counsel
  • Grant writer
  • Marketing and media exposure and support
  • Historical record management and digitization
  • At least one paid administrative / business manager
Background Ezibu Muntu African Dance Company began as a student organization on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in 1973. Founder, Tanya Dennis, a dance professor at VCU, recognized a need for multicultural enrichment in the Richmond community. She particularly wanted to help the African American students find a sense of ancestral pride and self-esteem. After maintaining status as a university based group, Ezibu decided they could better serve the community with a larger nonprofit organization aimed at educating the community about African customs and traditions.

In 1984, Ezibu established itself as a corporation and has been exciting and educating audiences for over 25 years. It is estimated that since it's auspicious beginning more than 1,000 individuals have been directly involved with the Ezibu Muntu family. Over the years, Ezibu has produced many professional artists in a wide variety of artistic disciplines. Renee Knight, a founding member still dances and today leads the organization.
CEO Statement

Ezibu Muntu is a professional organization of energetic dancers, drummers, entertainers and other individuals dedicated to invoking a renewed, positive and educated understanding of African culture, values, traditions and art forms as they relate to the citizens of today. The programming the community-at-large experiences enriches and supports diversity while reintroducing the basic African concepts of discipline, family, nature and spirituality.

We are the premiere Afrikan Dance Company in Virginia which makes us unique in our endeavors. Suffice it to say, we are the foundation and catalyst for many if not all of the current Afrikan performing arts organizations in the state and probably one in North Carolina. Our alumni members took what they learned or experienced with us and started organizations of their own. The perpetuation of the traditions we value lets us know that our mission is attainable and has been realized. The energy Ezibu exudes not only graces the stage but radiates a truth and commitment to the ancient art forms that have led to what we know today.

We hope our audiences and class participants become so enthralled and spiritually linked to the movement and music that they feel, and ultimately live, the rhythms of humanity and a personal pride for their ancestors. We want others to appreciate and respect Afrika, her people and her arts!

Ezibu Muntu also stands out because of our fast-paced choreography tweaked with modern vestiges through costuming and creative presentation. We are often told that with us comes a strong sense of family, love and cohesiveness to which audiences are drawn. Our reputation is stellar and we have continued to influence audiences and students for 40 years-hailing the accomplishments and leadership of our two original members!

Board Chair Statement

Ezibus’s founder often communicates, from California, with the leadership and has offered her advice and creative support. She purports that Sister Renee and Sister Faye, the two original members of the group are “Keepers of the Dream"-her dream. Like her, I believe the group is supported with consistent and supportive leadership. These ladies, as well as the administrative team, affect the group positively and culturally. I am in awe of their fortitude.  They are bestowed with a high level of respect by the younger members.

Even through the stresses and hard times, the leaders of Ezibu insist upon following the protocols used by their founder. Maintain quality, integrity, honesty and truth with the membership as well as with the art forms, and blessings will follow. Open communication is also very important to this group. Because of this strong foundation of innovation, love and faith, Ezibu Muntu’s legacy is inevitable. However, there is a strong need for financial support to help keep the doors to this community icon open.

Many of the successes Ezibu Muntu enjoys are funded by members who all must work. All money earned from performances is donated to company operations. No member receives payment for their talents. Personal vehicles are used for out-of-town performances. There is a strong core to this company of mothers, fathers, teachers, lawyers, engineers, coaches and students, but each has obligations that sometimes make daytime performances difficult to make, with compensation available, perhaps more would participate. I truly appreciate the dedication members of Ezibu Muntu have for the community and each other.

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Metro Richmond
Tri-cities Region
Richmond, City
Chesterfield County
Hanover County
Henrico County
We educate and perform throughout the state of Virginia and the mid-Atlantic region.  We have performed from New York to North Carolina and many states in between.
Board Chair
Board Chair Renee Knight
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term Jan 2008 to Dec 2017
Email info@ezibumuntu.org
Board of Directors
Board Members
Patra Brodie Community Volunteer
Roderick Davis Community Volunteer
Shonda Hawkins Community Volunteer
Tammy McCain Community Volunteer
Babadunjo Olagunke Community Volunteer
LaShara Smith Community Volunteer
Faye Walker Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 7
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 5
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Renee Knight
Organization has a Strategic Plan?
DASOE Youth Dance and Drum Program is a performance based program in which the children participate in weekly rehearsals, learning dance and drumming sequences. The children also have opportunities to present what they have learned throughout the school year.
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
Budget $2,500.00
Long Term Success Youth that can speak in front of an audience, work in teams, lead others and share West African traditions.

Ezibu offers weekly evening classes for youth (ages 3-10), teens and adults (ages 11 and up) all year long.  All classes are held at our Ezibu Muntu Dance Studio.

CEO/ED/Board Comments Company performances are our primary sources for funds. With additional funds, we could sponsor more master classes, scholarships and provide a broader range of arts education opportunities.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $14,420.00
Projected Expenses $17,366.00
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$20,457$14,455$15,630
Administration Expense$3,860$1,796$2,415
Fundraising Expense$529$98$350
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.261.000.88
Program Expense/Total Expenses82%88%85%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$6,492$16,214$16,212
Current Assets$6,492$16,214$16,212
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$0$0$16,212
Total Net Assets$6,492$16,214$0
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities----1.00
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit Application 3/2016View
Foundation Comments
  • If an organization has gross receipts that are normally $50,000 or less, it can choose to file Form 990-N.