Muslim American hip-hop dancer
Internationally recognized hip-hop dancer, choreographer and teacher, Amirah Sackett explores and embodies her Muslim American identity through combining hip-hop movement and Islamic culture. She is widely known for her choreography and performance ensemble creation, “We’re Muslim, Don’t Panic,” which reached viral video fame after being featured on POPSUGAR Celebrity, The Huffington Post, AJ+ and Upworthy. Sackett was honored to be a TEDx speaker, and a guest performer and lecturer at Harvard University. The Huffington Post featured her in the article “17 Muslim American Women Who Made America Great In 2016.” She curated the international festival for women in hip-hop, B-Girl Be, in 2009–10 at Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis.
She continues to tour, teach and perform around the country and in her hometown of Chicago. Sackett believes hip-hop culture gives voice to those often unheard and is a way to uplift, inspire and bring change to those communities that need it the most.
In her performance at the Lied Center, Amirah will share her latest solo work, using the poetry of 13th-century Islamic scholar and poet Rumi.