Naomi “Namajala” Milagros Washington Roque
Namajala Naomi is a teacher and community worker who is dedicated to working with adults and young people of the African diaspora to help them realize their greatest potentials as worthy, intelligent, spiritual and powerful beings. She graduated with a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology, Latino and Caribbean Studies and Africana Studies from Rutgers University and recently completed her M.A. in Applied Anthropology Community and Youth Work Goldsmiths University in London.
As a native Washingtonian with Puerto Rican and African American descent, Namajala Naomi is dedicated to building cohesive and diverse communities through exposure to Spanish Speaking Afro Caribbean cultures and dances. Using her experience and love for the dances of the diaspora, including Cuban Casino, Afro-Cuban Folklore, and Traditional West African, Namajala Naomi seeks to explore cultural, ancestral and spiritual legacies within the African diaspora and share that with young people and adults.
In the MFA in Dance Embodied Interdisciplinary Praxis program at Duke, Namajala Naomi is exploring Afro-Cuban Orisha dance technique and its relationship to the practice of Santeria/Lucumi/ Regla de Ocha. She is interested in creating dialogue amongst dancers and practitioners who engage Orisha Dance to gain perspective about individuals no matter their background understand, engage and experience the spirit of the Orisha in movement.