Autumn Bangoura: Autumn has been drumming and dancing since the age of 15. She grew up in Warren, VT and studied under "D'Moja" for several years. Autumn founded and directed the creative dance company "Earth Expressions" based out of Evergreen State College and performed and did artist in residencies in different venues all over Washington State. She currently plays drums weekly for dance classes and has been an active member of Jeh Kulu for over 10 years and represents for all the woman drummers out there. She is also a gifted teacher, and tireless mother to three children. She has endless energy and patience as a performer and company.

Erin Star Hughes: Erin has been dancing since she could walk, infamous in childhood for impressions of both Janet and Michael Jackson, and endless dance shows. She performed with various ensembles throughout high school and college, but never found her true niche until a friend brought her along to a West African Dance class. She began studying West African Dance intensively by 1997 and has traveled to Senegal on a study tour with members of Le Ballet National du Senegal and then returned to Dakar for an intensive study with a smaller ballet, Le Ballet de Songomar. She first joined Jeh Kulu as a performing member in 2002, and in addition to performing, coordinates Jeh Kulu’s community outreach. She works for ARD Inc, an international development firm in Burlington Vermont and is the proud mother of future superstar, Mafali Sene.

Amy Agbodzie: Amy discovered West African dance in Colorado in 2003 and has been addicted ever since! From Colorado she moved to New Mexico to study at the former Blue Tribe School of Music and Dance, which was focused on Zimbabwean traditions. Still on the search for more, Amy travelled to Ghana to both volunteer and to study the Ghanaian style of drumming and time-honored dances. After returning from Ghana, she studied with various teachers in the Boston and New Mexico, eventually finding her way to Vermont and the West African Dance community here in 2010. She joined Jeh Kulu in 2011 and is very excited to be able to learn and dance with such a wonderful group of people!

Molly Moerdyk




Molly Moerdyk: Molly was essentially blind to the art form of dance until joining dear friends to see Jeh Kulu perform at a school local to Rutland Vermont in 2005 where she was living at the time. Inspired to give it a try she started taking Belly Dance and West African Dance with Shelby Jones at Studio Bliss in Rutland. After a year she left family and friends to move to Burlington to complete her Bachelor’s Degree in Transpersonal Psychology at Burlington College and spend her spare time absorbing all she could about West African dance and culture under the tutelage of Jeh Kulu‘s Master Artists. Molly works as an Insurance Specialist at Visiting Nurse Association and aspires to travel to West Africa to learn the art form from the masters of Guinea and Senegal.