Namyanka Performing Arts Training Center - Spreading the Word of God Through the Arts
Our instructors are among the most talented in the industry. It would be our pleasure to put our extensive experience to work for you.

Founder and Director Dr. Laurene Walker-Blake, ED.D has over 40 years performing arts experience including her church choir, the Tuskegee University Choir, St. Louis Black Repertory Company, the Baltimore Symphony chorus and a variety of performing arts groups. She  received a Bachelor's degree in social work at Tuskegee University , masters in social work from Saint Louis University, and a Doctorate in Christian Education  from Logos Bible College. She was a student of dance at the Katherine Dunham School of Performing Arts, East St. Louis, Illinois.  She is an ordained minister and has served has  a praise and worship leader, psalmist, director of dance and  drama ministries  and has taught in a local Bible College. She is a licensed clinical social worker; health advocate,  provides workshops in  Stress Management, a Biblical Approach and is the  author of "Dancing for the LORD", A Liturgical Dance workbook - Manual for Ministry. She is known as "the teacher" making the Word of God plain and exciting to all. States that she just wants to  always serve the Lord with integrity and never compromise His Word. 
She is a member of the National Liturgical Dance Network, The Apostolic Prophetic Connection, Women with a Call International  and the National Women's Penwriter's Guild. She is the proud wife of Russel Blake,  the mother of Jessica and Jason, and the grandmother of six.

Assistant Director, Choreographer, Jessica Reddit  has been dancing since the age of two. She studied dance at he Pelagie Green Wren School of Dance in St. Louis, Missouri, Morton Street Dance Center, , TWIGS program with the Baltimore School of Arts, and Namyanka.  She holds a bachelor degree in dance from UMBC and currently teaches dance in the Baltimore City Public Schools.  Jessica is a master choreographer and states that all she has belongs to God - her teaching, her dance, and her choreography. Her  goal is to provide dance instruction to those in the community that can't afford to go to a school of dance and most of all to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ through movement. She is the proud wife of Ray Reddit and the proud mother of Isaiah and Israel.