Hayiya Dance Theatre, Inc. (HDT) is a professional dance and percussion ensemble comprised of accomplished women and men, boys and girls.  Organized on the campus of Wesleyan College in August of 1997 as a dance club, HDT, now in its 27th season is Middle Georgia's oldest West African dance ensemble. 


Hayiya Dance Theatre, Inc.


Hayiya Dance Theatre 


Our mission at Hayiya Dance Theatre is to educate, entertain and engage the community by providing opportunities for cultural arts enrichment and exposure.  Under the leadership of Artistic Director and founder, Pilar Wilder Lowden, Hayiya specializes in traditional and progressive West African dance and percussion as well as dances of the Diaspora.  January 17, 2024 marked the 23rd anniversary for the studio. The Ensemble is celebrating its 27th season!