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DeLisa Branch-Nealy comes from a very musical family.  Her father, mother, and siblings all studied music, and DeLisa has been dancing since she was 4 years old.  She started with ballet as a child, then studied West African dance with Djoniba Mouflet in New York, and now studies Zimbabwean dance with Julia Chigamba.  

DeLisa has known Julia since 2001 and been dancing with her and Chinyakare since 2005.  She has performed with Chinyakare all over California and the U.S., including in the world-renowned Ethnic Dance Festival in San Francisco three times from 2010-2012.  

DeLisa is also a surgical nurse (RN BSN) at CPMC Davies in San Francisco, and lives with her husband and three children in Albany, California.

Photo by Frank Jang