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New York African Dance Weekend 

Beginning Thursday April 17, 2014 – Sunday April 20, 2014, Marie Basse’s Maimouna Keita’s 22nd Annual Dance Conference. Four days filled with 30 various dance workshops from Senegal, Guinea, the Congo, Mall and the USA. Beginner classes included too. Visit 

Ndeye Gueye has resumed Teaching Sabar West African Dance on Sundays. Next class is April 20, from 3-4:30pm. Live drumming! Location: Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance, 558 Fulton Street, 2nd Floor (near Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11217. Tel. (718) 935 – 9700; Subway stops: 2/3/4/5 at Nevins St. B/Q/R at DeKalb Ave. 2/3/4/5/N/Q/R/B/D at Atlantic Ave. /Barclays, C at Lafayette Ave., G at Fulton St.

Sunday April 20, 2014
3:30-5pm Djembe Guinean West African Dance with Mouminatou and 5pm – 6:30pm Dundun Dance & Drum with Khadijah. Location: 137 Rockaway Ave., Valley Stream, NY 11580. Text DanceDrum to 22828 for INFO & CLASS SCHEDULE. 646-539-8934

Sunday April 20, 2014, 4:30-6pm til July
Teaching “Fem Healing West African Dance” with Amina Heckstall
Location, The International Africans Arts Institute, 169-65 137th Ave., Jamaica, NY  11334.

Sunday April 20, 2014 – 4:30–6pm and 6–7:30pm Youssouf Koumbassa will be teaching Guinean West African Dance.  Location: CUMBE, Center for African and Diaspora Dance 558 Fulton Street, 2nd Floor (near Flatbush Ave.) Brooklyn, NY 11217,(718) 935 – 9700. Subway stops: 2/3/4/5 at Nevins St. $15 each class or two classes for $25. Please bring exact change.


Nima Camara is Teaching Guinean, West African Dance on Tuesdays 6-7:30pm. CUMBE, 558 Fulton Street, (near Flatbush Ave.), 2nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY

Marie Basse Wiles

Tuesdays March 4 to April 15 7:30 to 9pm West African (Kutiro) Marie Basse-Wiles and traditional and Contemporary Congolese with Funmilayo. This is a special promotion! For 7 weeks, leading up to the 22nd annual dance conference of the Maimouna Keita School of African Dance, take class with Marie Basse-Wiles and Funmilayo for $5 and $10! - First Tuesdays in March & April (Mar 4, Apr 1): CLASSES ARE only $5.  - Other Tuesdays (March 11, 18, 25 and April 8, 15): CLASSES ARE $10 Marie Basse will focus on KUTIRO dances in March. Funmilayo will teach fundamental techniques of Congolese dances of harvest, rites of passage, healing and celebration. Live Drumming in both classes! Location: Center for African and Diaspora Dance at 558 Fulton Street, (near Flatbush Ave.), 2nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11217, Directions: 2,3,4,5 to Nevins St Q,R,B DeKalb Ave. (weekdays), 2,3,4,5,B,D,N,Q,R/LIRR to Atlantic/Barclays, C to Lafayette Avel, G to Fulton St. Visit

Wednesdays – 7-8:30pm – Mouminatou Teaches Guinean West African Dance. Open Level, Mark Morris Dance Center, $15. Mark Morris Dance Center, 3 Lafayette Street, Brooklyn, NY.


Fridays 6:30-8pm (no class on April 18, 2014)
African Dance Classes with Sandella Malloy
Artistic Director of Harambee Dance Company
Location: Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Center, 34 West 134th street (between 5th and Lenox). Contact: Harambee Dance Co @ 212 942 3566


“One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest. Maya Angelou


The African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF)  Visit to get updates on films, festivals…coming up!


Friday Nights! 7-8:30pm Intermediate, 8:30-10pm Advance
Ismael “Bonfils” Kouyate Teaching Djembe African Dance Class
Location: Asase Yaa Center for the Arts, 1803 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 347.915.2563

Wednesday April 16, 7:30-9PM, A Contemporary Dance Workshop: Embodying Memory with LOVE|FORTÉ, based on their upcoming performance Memory Withholdings. By Donation! Location:  Center for African and Diaspora Dance at 558 Fulton Street, (near Flatbush Ave.), 2nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11217, Directions: 2,3,4,5 to Nevins St Q,R,B DeKalb Ave. (weekdays), 2,3,4,5,B,D,N,Q,R/LIRR to Atlantic/Barclays, C to Lafayette Avel, G to Fulton St. Visit


In this class, dancers will work with ideas of how memory is held in the bodies and practices of African descendants in North America – a concept that is at the core of Marjani Forté and Nia Love’s new work. Through the duality of Marjani and Nia’s presence in class, going in and out of student and teacher modes, LOVE|FORTÉ crafts an environment of edgeless possibility.  By practicing traditional and contemporary West African forms, alongside Contemporary Modern Dance, we create an opportunity to discuss and explore the ethnology of dance, it’s historic and anthropological components, and its incredible potential in the body.

Thursday April 17 – Sunday April 20, 2014, Marie Basse presents Maimouna Keita African Dance Company’s 22nd Annual Dance Conference. 30 dance classes from cultures of Congo, Guinea, Mali as well as the United States. Beginner classes have been added and Maimouna Keita African Dance Company will be host a dinner gala in honor of dance great Baba Chuck Davis. Conference location: Conference Location, PS 226 (Old Stuyvesant HS Campus), 345 East 15th Street (between 1st and 2nd avenues) New York, NY 10003. Subway: L train to 1st or 3rd avenue stops. For detailed information about the conference, Gala honoring Chuck Davis and Adult Company performance visit

Friday April 25 – Sunday April 27 , 2014 Atlanta, GA
Ramatu Afegbua-Sabbatt and Manga African Dance Inc. Presents Manga African Dance Conference “Gaskiya” (means “Truth”). Master instructors from Nigeria, Mali, Senegal, and more, NEW!! This year we will feature Afro-Cuban Dance (Michelito Herrara) in addition to more of your favorites!! Assane Konte, Praise Ekeng, Moustapha Bangoura, Joh Camara, Assane Kouyate.  And last but not least the beautiful Ndeye Gueye.  Contact: Manga African Dance Inc., Email:,, Tel: 404-462-5723, Group registration:,
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Saturday April 26, 2014 – Children’s Matinee at 1pm, Feature performance at 8pm. Dance Africa Pittsburgh 2014 ”Connecting the World Through Dance” Featuring: Baba Chuck Davis, Dance Africa Founder, Oyu Oro, Afro-Cuban Experimental Dance Ensemble, The Legacy Arts Project Community Ensemble, Location: August Wilson Center for African American Culture, 980 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Visit

Saturday, May 31, 2014
5th Annual NYC’s Multicultural Festival-Celebrate Diversity Celebrate You. Location St. Nicholas Avenue between 141st -145th Streets in Harlem, NY. Visit


OYU ORO Afro Cuban Dance Ensemble

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