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SOME NYC AREA ONGOING AFRICAN DANCE CLASSES

NOTE: This information was current at print, but the dance world is dynamic! ­ please check before commencing any new class. Also check to get price information (all classes are in the $12-13 range). Any updates to this calendar can be sent to [email protected] DAY/TIME LEVEL STYLE LOCATION TEACHER Monday 4:30 - 6:00 pm Beginner Djembe (Guinea) Djoniba School of Dance and Drum Hamidou Koivogui 6:00 - 7:30 pm Open Sabar Djoniba School of Dance and Drum Babacar M'Baye 7.00 - 8.30 pm Open Contemporary Embora Wellness and Movement Studio Ron Brown 7:30 - 9:00 pm Beginner Sabar Djoniba School of Dance and Drum Lamine Thiam 7:30 - 9:00 pm Open Djembe (Guinea) Dinizulu Center Yalani Bangoura 8.30 -10.00 pm Open Sabar Embora Wellness and Movement Studio Mariama Basse Tuesday 6:00 - 7:30 pm Open Congolese Djoniba School of Dance and Drum Funmilayo 6:30 ­ 8:00 pm Beginner Djembe Cap 21 Studios Thulani 7:00 ­ 8:00 pm Open Djembe (Ivory Co Restoration Dance Theater Mamadou Dahoue 7:30 ­ 9:00 pm Open Sabar Djoniba School of Dance and Drum Lamine Thiam Wednesday 6:00 ­ 7:30 pm Beginner Sabar Djoniba School of Dance and Drum Babacar M'Baye 6.30 ­ 8.00 pm Open Congolese Charles Moore Dance Center Funmilayo 7:30 - 9:00 pm Open Djembe (Guinea) Dinizulu Center M'Bemba Bangoura 7:30 - 9:00 pm Open Djembe (Guinea) Harlem YMCA Mouminatou Camara 7:30 - 9:00 pm Beginner Djembe (Senegal) Mark Morris Dance Center Lamine Thiam 7.45 - 8.45 pm Open Djembe (Guinea) Sharron Millers Academy for the Yewande Kelley Performing Arts Johnson Thursday 4:30 - 6:00 pm Beginner Djembe (Guinea) Djoniba School of Dance and Drum Hamidou Koivogui 6:00 - 7:30 pm Open Djembe (Ivory Co Rod Rodgers Mamadou Dahoue 7.00 - 8.30 pm Beginner Kutiro Embora Wellness and Movement Studio Marie Basse Wiles 7.30 ­ 9.00 pm Open Congolese Harlem YMCA Funmilayo 7.30 - 8.30 pm Open Djembe (Guinea) Sharron Millers Academy for the Yewande Kelley Performing Arts Johnson 7:30 - 9:00 pm Open Kutiro Djoniba School of Dance and Drum Ousmane Sall 8.30 - 10.00 pm Open Djembe (Senegal) Embora Wellness and Movement Studio Demba Sene Friday 7:30 - 9:00 pm Open Djembe (Guinea) Djoniba School of Dance and Drum Mamasata Camara 7.30 - 9.00 pm Open Djembe (Guinea) Neighborhood House Yewande Kelley Johnson 9:00 - 10:30 pm Open Djembe (Guinea) Harlem YMCA Abdoulaye Sylla Saturday 1.00 - 2.30 pm Open Sabar Embora Wellness and Movement Studio Marie Basse Wiles 3:30 - 5:00 pm Open Djembe (Senegal) Djoniba School of Dance and Drum Maguette Camara 5:00 - 6:30 pm Open Djembe (Ivory Co Rod Rodgers Mamadou Dahoue 5.00 - 6.30 pm Open Djembe (Guinea) Djoniba School of Dance and Drum Mouminatou Camara 5.30 ­ 7.00 pm Beginner African Nankama Cultural Arts Center Amina Heckstall 6:30 ­ 8:30 pm Advanced Sabar Djoniba School of Dance and Drum Babacar M'Baye 7.00 ­ 8.30 pm Int/Adv African Nankama Cultural Arts Center Amina Heckstall 8.30 ­ 10.00 pm Advanced Stamina Building Nankama Cultural Arts Center Amina Heckstall Sunday 2.00 - 3.30 pm Open Sabar Djoniba School of Dance and Drum Demba Sene 3:30 - 5:00 pm Open Djembe (Guinea) Djoniba School of Dance and Drum Mamasata Camara 6.00 ­ 9.00 pm There are often classes at City Center at this time, including withYoussouf Koumbassa. Check

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SOME NYC AREA ONGOING AFRICAN DANCE CLASSES

LOCATION INFORMATION: Cap 21 Studios 18 West 18th Street, 6th Floor between 5th and 6th Avenues Charles Moore Dance Center 397 Bridge Street, 2nd Floor Brooklyn between Fulton and Willoughby Ph: (718) 467-7127 City Center 130 West 56th Street New York between 6th and 7th Avenues Dinizulu Center for African Culture and Research 115-62 Sutphin Boulevard Jamaica Ph: (718) 528-6279 [email protected] www.dinizulu.org Djoniba School of Dance and Drum 37 East 18th Street, 7th Floor New York between Broadway and Park. Ph: (212) 477-3464 www.djoniba.com Embora Wellness and Movement Studio 900 Fulton Street Brooklyn between Clinton and Washington Ph: (718) 857-4360 www.embora.com Note: classes presented by Maimouna Keita School of Dance and Drum Ph: (718) 399-7867 www.maimounakeita.com Harlem YMCA 181 West 135th Street New York between Lenox and Adam Clayton Powell Ph: (212) 281-4100 Mark Morris Dance Center 3 Lafayette Avenue Brooklyn near Flatbush Avenue Ph: (718) 624-8400 www.mmdg.org Nankama Cultural Arts Center 126-03 Merrick Boulevard Springfield Gardens enter through Pleasant Learning Center Jamaica Parsons stop on subway, then Rosedale Van to Merrick Boulevard Ph: (718) 528-2397 [email protected] http://nankamaintl.bravehost.com Neighborhood House 644 West 4th Street Plainfield, NJ Ph: (908) 757-7100 Restoration Dance Theater 247 Herkimer Street Brooklyn between Brooklyn and New York Aves Ph: (718) 230-0693 Rod Rodgers 62 East 4th Street New York between 2nd and 3rd Avenues Ph: (212) 674-9066 [email protected] www.rodrodgersdance.com Sharron Millers Academy for the Performing Arts 427 Bloomfield Avenue Montclair, NJ Ph: (973) 371-3375

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SOME NYC AREA ONGOING AFRICAN DANCE CLASSES

DANCE STYLE DESCRIPTION: Coming soon! TEACHER BIOS:

Amina Heckstall began performing at the age of three at Avery Fisher Music Hall. Since then she has performed with and founded multiple dance companies, and has traveled to Europe and West Africa to study, teach and perform. Her awards include the Samuel and May Rudin Community Service Award in Arts Education in 2001, the Citizen's Committee of New York's Award for Immigrant Outreach in 2002 and 2003, and the Citizen's Committee of New York's Building Blocks Award in 2001, 2002 and 2003 (the latter awarded to her company, "Matsimela"). Amina created Nankama International Dance And Drum to unify all people of African descent in Africa, The West Indies, and African America. "Nankama" means `born for this' or `born to do this'. Babacar M'Baye was born in a griot family of Wolof people. His professional career began on tour with the Second Ballet of Senegal " Sinomiye". Babacar is admired in his homeland as one of Dakar's most exciting dancers. He upholds the tradition of Sabar dance, while contributing his innovative sprit and style toward its continuation. He has toured the United States with Ballet Sinomiye and Ballet Bougarabou Du Senegal. He has become one of New York City's talented instructors of Sabar dance and has traveled the United States teaching workshops in Atlanta, California, Washington DC and Puerto Rico to name a few. Hamidou Koivigui was born in 1954 in Macenta, in the Republic of Guinea. He began his career in traditional dance at the age of seven, and was recruited at a harvest festival by Mr. Kemoko Sano, who went on to direct of Les Merveilles de Guinèe. Before moving to New York, he danced for 18 years with the Conakry-based Ballet Djoliba, and traveled with the award-winning dance and drum troupe 5 times across six continents. He danced for 15 years with Les Ballets Africains, a group that played a major role in bringing traditional African dance and drum to audiences around the world. Hamidou was also founding member of Les Merveilles de Guinèe. Hamidou teaches traditional Guinea dance and makes it accessible for beginning dancers. Maguette Camara began his career at the age of eight with the Ballet Bougarabou Dance company in his hometown of Dakar, Senegal. Since moving to New York in 1992, he has joined the faculty of the Alvin Ailey School, Barnard College, and the Battery Park City Parks Community Center, as well as the Djoniba Dance and Drum Center. He is the founder and director of Mané Kadang, a dance and drum troupe whose members hail from all over West Africa. Maguette's high-energy classes are popular due to his unique and exciting choreography of Senegalese djembe and kutiro dances. Mamasata Camara started dancing at the age of 12 in her hometown of Conakry, Republic of Guinea. As a student of the acclaimed Artistic Director and Choreographer Kemoko Sano, Mamasata joined the famous Les Mervielle de Guinea in 1990, coming to New York City in 1995 as one of their principal dancers. Since then she has performed throughout the United States, and is currently with the New York-based Abiba and SudAfrica People Dance Companies. In addition to dancing, she also excels on the doundoun and djembe drums. Her feminine grace, energetic spirit, and meticulous dance instruction attracts dancers of all levels. Mamasata believes that dance is a form of healing for both the body and mind, making one stronger, physically, spiritually, and emotionally. Thulani Jeffries has been dancing since the age of 4. She has many NYC and international performing creits, including with Les Elegance in Guinea, and at Dance Africa and the International Arts Festival in New York City. Teaching credits include Equinox, Bally's Sports and Fitness Club, Hunter College and NY Sports Club. Thulani can be reached at (917) 991-4879 for class enquiries. Yewande Kelley -Johnson began her serious African dance training and performing in 1982 with the Dance Menagerie in Baltimore, MD. Beginning in Baltimore and continuing with her move to the tri-state area some of her dance mentors have been Hasaan Konte, dir of Kan Kouran, James Blanford, dance capt for the African American International Ballet, Marie Basse Wiles, dir of Maimouna Keita, and Koumba Rahman-Ndiaye dance director of Sabar Ak Ru Afriq. Yewande has been a member of Maimouna Keita, Sabar Ak Ru Afriq, PAKA, Songhai Djeli and is the artistic director of the Iwa L'ewa Heritage Dance Ensemble. She's a 4 time recipient of NJ State Council of the Arts, Folk Arts grant which has allowed her to further her teaching and studying in traditional dance forms. She specializes in the djmebe dances of Mali, Guinea and the sabar dances of Sengeal. Yewande considers herself a djeli of African dance and so her teaching includes not only the movement but the soul, history and culture of African people.

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