Cachet Ivey Biography

Cachet Ivey is a Philadelphia native who has been raised in dance and drum traditions ever since she can remember.   As a child, she was a member of one of the cities pioneer dance companies named Ibeji.   Currently she is a primary dancer for Kulu Mele African Dance and Drum Company and has maintained and instructional relationship with African Rhythms of the University of Penn as African Dance instructor and mentor for several years now.    Cachet has studied with many premier West African dancers and musicians including Youssouf Koumbassa, Marie Basse and Djeneba Sako  to name a few.

Offering a community class for over 20 years to the Philadelphia community, West African dance (all levels) is taught by Cachet Ivey.   Her class is a fun and interactive experience for those who are interested in exploring the many cultural dances of West Africa while getting a great cardio workout at the same time. Cachet takes the time to explain the cultural relevance of the drum and has a relationship with several of the cities’ premier musicians who regularly play at her class.   Cachet understands that drum language and tradition is a key component to understanding West African movement.  Ivey’s consistency and commitment has made her community class one of the most popular in the East Coast.