Kendra Oates discovered her love for dance and the performing arts at the tender age of 5. Starting her dance studies in ballet and African dance, Kendra quickly discovered that dance was not only a way for her to express emotion, but also an outlet for her creativity.
Kendra has studied various disciplines of dance including, ballet, modern, hip-hop, jazz, acrobatics, African, and tap. While most of her dance studies were at her home dance studio, Christina Cultural Arts Center, in Wilmington, DE, Kendra received supplemental training at the Dance Theater of Harlem, the New York Institute of Dance and Education, Freedom Dance Theater, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and Eleone Dance Theater.
Kendra relocated to Washington, DC to attend Howard University in 2005. While at Howard, Kendra joined the Bisonette Dance Ensemble, where she danced throughout her academic career. During her last two years as a Bisonette, Kendra held the positions of Captain and Co-Captain; Kendra also spearheaded and co-founded the Junior Bisonettes Dance Ensemble, a free dance program for young girls, in the DC area, ranging between ages 5 and 12. The program promoted dance education, sisterhood, and building positive self-esteem for the participants.
Kendra has been passionate about dance all her life and believes that the arts, particularly dance, are vital to growth, development, and living a healthy lifestyle. Dance has been an integral part of Kendra’s life and she could not be happier to develop the next generation of talent and share her love of dance with all future students.