the term "afiwi" derives from the Jamaican dialect, patois - meaning “belonging to us” or “ours”.


AFIWI GROOVE SCHOOL, based in the Durham Region, was established in 2013. Our programs promote positive self-esteem, confidence and an active lifestyle while educating and connecting participants to arts and culture of the African Diaspora. We offer a variety of artistic classes to children and youth ages 3-18 years old including; African Djembe drumming instruction, a theatrical program and a leadership program for teens.  We also offer recreational African and fitness dance classes for adults.

Afiwi Groove students have performed at numerous public events and festival throughout Durham Region and the Greater Toronto Area. The organization hosts bi-annual recitals that are open to the public. Awards are also presented to students for various accomplishments and successfully attained goals.

The dance and drum instruction team are seasoned dancers and drummers from West Africa and the Caribbean. They come with decades of combined training, performing and teaching experience in various drumming and dance styles from Hip Hop, South American variations to Afro-Caribbean.

This term Afiwi is used to signify that the way we dance and express ourselves comes directly from our historical culture and pays homage to our ancestors and those who have paved the way before us.


Michaëlle Jean Foundation supports Afiwi Groove School

Sanaaj Mirrie, Founder of Afiwi Groove School, received the Young Arts Entrepreneur award and grant to expand African and Caribbean dance in Ajax and the Durham Region.


Rogers TV Durham

What a great way to showcase African culture with pride! Thank you Rogers TV Durham for inviting us to talk about diversity and the benefits of African dance classes in Durham.