Maura Whelehan is a native of Rochester, New York, where she danced, performed, and taught for Bushmango Drum and Dance for 8 years. There she studied Guinee dance with Colleen Hendrick, Mamadouba Camara, and his wife Pam Lord Camara. She also performed and studied with Akoma Ntoaso, a collective that explored Afro-fusion and modern dance with members of Garth Fagan Dance. While studying movement, she also pursues West African drumming. After moving to the Bay Area over 4 years ago, she has been honored to study with the many local West African artists both as a dancer and a drummer. She began dancing with Duniya Dance and Drum Company in 2011, and after an injury, is ecstatic to return to the group.