Elsie Mufuka (‘08) Receives Coker College Alumni Association’s 2018 Outstanding Young Alumni Award

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Hartsville, S.C. – January 25, 2018  –  Elsie Chipo Mufuka, Coker College class of 2008, has been named the 2018 recipient of the Coker College Alumni Association’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award. This prestigious award is given annually by the Coker College Alumni Association and presented to a graduate of the past 20 years who has already made significant achievements in his or her chosen profession and who shows exceptional potential for future accomplishments.   

Mufuka received her B.A. in Dance and Communications from Coker College and is currently studying for her Master’s in Arts Administration from Winthrop University.

Mufuka is the founder and director of MufukaWorks Dance Company, a Charlotte Ballet  teaching artist, and dance teacher in the Union county (N.C.) public schools.

After earning her undergraduate degree from Coker, she accepted her first opportunity in South Africa with Ntosana Contemporary Dance Theatre director Sello Pesa. For many years, Mufuka worked with this company as well as Taelo Dance Theatre-Gustin Makgeledisa, DTL Entertainment-Tumie Letsoenyo, and Lorcia Cooper. Mufuka also taught dance in the townships of Soweto and Alexandra.  While there, she toured with Dance Company to Mozambique and the Netherlands.

Mufuka is very involved in the community as a former outreach teacher at Johnson C. Smith University and former Chair of the Board of Charlotte Dance Festival. Mufuka has held Dance Education Workshops at Whale Branch Elementary (Beaufort, S.C.), Bluffton School of Dance  (Bluffton, S.C.), dance performances at the Lexington International Festival (Lexington, N.C.), Gullah Festival, Piccolo Spoleto, Links Inc. Dance Performance School Series, Levine Children’s Hospital, Charlotte Emerging Young Artist Dance Festival, and is currently accepted to 2018 LadyfestCLT.  

Mufuka’s awards include winning a full scholarship to Dance/USA Convention and being selected as a choreographer to participate in Creative Capitol hosted by the N.C. Arts Council.

Mufuka resides in Charlotte, N.C., with the love of her life, Derrick, and daughter, Amani Solstice.

Mufuka’s award will be presented at 5:30pm on Saturday, February 10, at Drengaelen House during Coker College’s alumni Homecoming reception. 



Coker College is a student-focused, private liberal arts college located in Hartsville, South Carolina. Coker combines round table, discussion-based learning with hands-on experiences to encourage active participation in and out of the classroom. A supportive, close-knit community prepares Coker students with the confidence and practical life skills they need to reach their personal best, in college and beyond.

Founded in 1908, Coker is a bachelor’s and master’s degree-granting institution and competes in 24 NCAA Division II sports. Coker is ranked among the "Best Colleges" in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review, and by Washington Monthly as one of the Southeast's "Best Bang for the Buck" colleges.