That's correct! In fact, as a young girl she was granted a scholarship to attend school for dance and theatre. Later on, she was a nightclub singer where she met famous modern dancer Alvin Ailey. Ailey and Angelou performed an act they called "Al and Rita"*.
Can you imagine? Working in a nightclub in 1954 with someone who would become one the most influential contemporary dance choreographers of our time? Angelou was a known performer of West African dance, and released an album called Miss Calypso. I would not mind using the powers of time travel to experience that.
I'll leave you with that bit of knowledge, and share Maya Angelou's introduction to "Letter to my Daughter". May her words bring you peace and courage.