Aman Folk Ensemble

The Aman Folk Ensemble (1963/1964-2004) was founded by Anthony Shay and Leona Wood when they merged their respective companies Village Dancers and “Friends of Arabic Dance”. The company was affiliated with UCLA and enjoyed the support of the UCLA Student Activities office in its early years. During its long life, Aman became recognized internationally for its exuberant, authentic recreations of a wide variety of world dance cultures.

For more information, visit the 50th anniversary website at:

or read Michael Alexander’s recollections in the articles section below.

Years: 1963/1964-2004
Artistic Directors: Anthony Shay and Leona Wood
Location: Los Angeles

Dance History Project Articles
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Categorized under: Dance Company, ORGANIZATION, World Arts