Yah'Ya Kamate is a native of the Ivory Coast. As a former member of the National Ballet of the Ivory Coast, he came to the United States to tour and to honor his country in 1994. In 1997, Yah'Ya established himself in Florida. He performed at Busch Gardens, the Animal Kingdom and Epcot Center for two years before coming back to New York and the Tri-state area where he teaches in public and privates schools. Currently, Yah'Ya is an instructor at the Ailey Extension and a performer and a dance teacher at Friends Academy.