was the first African-American to open a business on the 5800 block of Germantown Avenue.Her
dance school opened in 1960, and she
had to go to court for the right to have her
drummers continue to perform.Nash, now almost 80, is both founder and choreographer for the Ione Nash Dance Ensemble, and her more than 30 years of work as a master teacher in numerous community arts programs was the subject of the 1998 documentary Dance: The Heartbeat of Community.Nash
has choreographed more than 600 dances that incorporate jazz, ballet, modern and tap in turns, but the important focus of the choreography is the indigenous African-American culture that drives it and that preserves the traditions of dance.
Ken "Skip" Burton's work preserving traditional drum culture throughout the United States, particularly within Philadelphia communities, has garnered him renown as one of the most dynamic traditional and contemporary drummers of this time.His status as a master drummer complements Nash's dance work - he is the lead drummer for her Dance Ensemble.
In addition to drumming, Burton is a teacher, instructor, composer, dance collaborator and creative producer, and he
has pioneered the development of African-American drumming, which simultaneously conserves African traditions while incorporating a new creative African-American aesthetic.He founded the Heritage Drummers in 1992.