Amriah – “I live in Chicago, but I still have strong ties to Minneapolis because of the hip-hop community there. I really helped that scene grow and contributed a lot to hip-hop culture in Minneapolis.”
Mary – “My high school in Eastpointe, MI is one of my favorite places because I was able to be a Cambodian-American girl who was involved in many different activities from theater productions to yearbook to student assembly. I could be anything there.”
MaMa2 is Amirah Sackett (aka "Suga Mama") and Mary Mar (aka "BGirl Ma-Ma"). Amirah and Mary believe hip-hop culture as a whole gives voice to those often unheard and is a way to uplift, inspire, and bring change to those communities that need it the most.
Originally from Minneapolis, MN, Chicago-based dancer/choreographer Amirah Sackett graduated with a B.F.A. in Dance from the University of Minnesota and has studied at Tisch School of the Arts in NYC. At Minneapolis’ Intermedia Arts, Amirah has been an active participant and dance curator for "B-Girl Be,” an international festival for women in hip-hop, as well as creating “The Joint Project,” a show encouraging collaborative works between artists in hip-hop. Amirah Sckett’s choreography was featured in Brother Ali's music video "Mourning in America” and won the Sage Cowles award for “Best Ensemble Performance.” In November 2014, she taught dance and choreographed pieces with artists in Dhaka, Bangledesh as part of Next Level, an initiative of the U.S. Department of State and University of North Carolina. Amirah's love of hip-hop dance and devotion to her faith fused to inspire a contemporary dance collective called We’re Muslim, Don’t Panic, which is dedicated to elevating the status of women and educating the public on women's issues.
Mary Mar joins Amirah Sackett to form MaMa2 for the Caravanserai: American Voices tour. Mary has been breakin’ since 2001 and has actively studied, taught, and performed hip-hop dance all over the United States. She has been honored to learn from breakin’ dance pioneers such as B-Boy Crazy Legs from the legendary Rock Steady Crew, BBoy Dyzee, BGirl Shie Chan, BBoy Born, BBoy Ivan, BBoy Casper, BGirl ABGirl, Incredible Josh, and many other breakin’ masters. Mary Mar has been a member of Hardcore Detroit dance crew since 2002 and was recently inducted into the Venus Fly dance crew as well as the We're Muslim, Don't Panic collective. She has competed nationally and won several competitions including the 2011 Breakin’ the Law in Madison, Wisconsin; 2011 Grand Rapid’s Slam N Jam; and the 2014 Detroit's Quality All Styles Dance Competition. Mary teaches hip-hop and breakin’ workshops, classes, and children’s camps throughout the Metro Detroit area.
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