Barédu Ahmed, Assistant Director
Barédu Ahmed, a native Washingtonian, was first introduced to the arts at 5 years old, taking a free tap and ballet class Brightwood Elementary School and her first flute lesson at age 7. Although she would not circle back to tap until many years later at Knock On Wood, she continued training as a flutist for the next 16 years in classical, concert, big band music, and was accepted into the Maryland All-State Senior Band. Barédu is a proud University of Maryland College Park Terp and can be found coordinating arts programs at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. Barédu has over 14 years of experience working in teaching programs at Sidwell Friends School, Wheaton High School, Takoma Park Middle School, Samuel Ogle Middle School, and Brightwood Elementary School in Washington, DC.
Barédu is thankful to tap for the opportunity to meet such a rich and diverse community, and recently enjoyed the opportunity to perform alongside Director Joseph Webb for the DC Tap Festival at the Duke Ellington School of the Performing Arts. She is honored to be a member of the founding team of American Embassy of Dance and looks forward to an exciting future filled with possibilities. She strongly believes in kindness to others and encourages/supports individuals to have the courage to try new things and be themselves.
Barédu enjoys reading and writing in her free time and was recently published into the University of Maryland College Park Oral History Archive, as well as recieved acknowledgements "for making invaluable contributions" to Dr. Judith L. Hanna's, "Dancing to Learn." Barédu also writes music and recently composed the entire score for Dancing Buddhas: The Three Jewels. Barédu is the founder of the Red Clay Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) performing arts organization in the DC area that supports and commissions work for tap dancers and jazz musicians.