Lora Chiorah-Dye

Lora Lue Chiorah-Dye, a native of Zimbabwe, has resided in the Pacific Northwest since the seventies, and has been instrumental in the development of the Pacific Northwest African cultural scene since then. She has been captivating American audiences with her cultural presentations which include songs, story telling, music and dance from her native culture, the Shona People. Ms. Chiorah-Dye has been an artist-in-residence with the Washington State Arts in Education Program K-12 for the past 30 years. She is Artistic Director for Sukutai Cultural Performing Ensemble. Ms. Chiorah-Dye and her group have toured throughout USA & Canada. They entertained the US military in Iceland, Denmark, England, Scotland, Norway, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Hungary, and Bosnia. Ms. Chiorah-Dye was the Recreation Specialist at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center and retired after 25 years. As a choreographer she has worked on the Children's Theater's production of "Follow the Drinking Gourd", Seattle Repertory Theater's '91 and '92 production of "Takunda" and Langston Hughes Summer Teens' production of "The Wiz". Ms. Chiorah-Dye has been teaching African Dance & Culture in Spectrum's Outreach Department and Summer Intensive Programs since 2004.