NABACHWA SSENSALO was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She has trained with the Lula Washington Dance Theatre (LWDT), The Ailey School, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Bella Lewisky, and Stefan Wenta. She toured professionally with LWDT for eight years and continues to work with the company as a guest artist. In 2004, she received the MCACD Individual Artist Fellowship for excellence in dance performance. She has also judged for Midwest Starz and Encore dance competitions. Ms. Ssensalo also holds a BA in Economics from Occidental College where she attended as a full merit scholar through the Irvine Foundation. Currently, she is in her thirteenth season with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and the proud recipient of the Josie Award 2012 for Best Female Performer. Ms. Ssensalo joined the company in 2000.