MariFest 2016 Schedule

Three founding members...

Johari Mills, LuVonda Petitt and Sherri Nash saw the need to establish a forum for the education and expression of dance and drum in the Houston Metropolitan Area and joined to form JLS in July 2009.  Their dream was to coordinate events that would attract the finest and best master instructors and Artists to the Houston, TX area.  While continuing to build on their vision, JLS found “Marikoto - The Spirit Dancer” of the Yoruba people.  This seemed to embody and represent their path.  For some, these events strengthen their sense of cultural identity; they offer a look at rich traditions and heritage.  For others it provides an alternative for an energetic and fun way to workout, increasing cardio, flexibility and total body articulation.  One of J:S’s goals is to help preserve and share the culture and traditions of dance, sharing the joy far beyond the native tribes and keeping history alive.