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“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”  ― Maya Angelou

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November 2014/December 2014

New York African Dance Weekend 

tenefig danceTenenfig “FiFi” Dioubate Teaches African dance classes at Newark YMCA.  Fridays, beginner class level-7:30-9pm; Saturdays, all levels-3-4:30pm; Sundays, all levels-3-4:30pm. Adult Members $10; Adult Non-members $15; Child (under 15) $10 (and that’s for child Members and Non-members). Address: 600 Broad Street, Newark, NJ  07102, Tel. 1.646-491-1507.  Can purchase the 5-class card at a discounted rate. Contact: 646-491-1507.

Ndeye Gueye Performing at Manga African Dance ConferenceNdeye Gueye has resumed Teaching Sabar West African Dance on Sundays. Next class is Sunday November 23, 2014 from 3-4:30pm. Live Drumming! (Ousmane Sall may sub if Ndeye is out of town). 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.

Ismael-Kouyate-Sunday November 23, 2014, Guinean West African Dance with Ismael Kouyate 4:30-6pm (beginners) and 6-7:30pm (intermediate). 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 November 23, 2014,  3:30-5pm Djembe Guinean West African Dance with Nima Camara and 5-6:30pm Dundun Dance with Nima Location: 137 Rockaway Ave., Valley Stream, NY 11580. Text DanceDrum to 22828 for INFO & CLASS SCHEDULE. 646-539-8934.

Special Workshops On The Horizon…

youssouf-kombassa - photo credit: BedrosianYoussouf Koumbassa Teaching Guinean West African dance Sunday, November 30, 2014, 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm and Sunday, December 7, 2014, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. Location: Cumbe, Center for African and Diaspora Dance, 558 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217. (T)1.718 935.9700. In addition Youssouf is teaching in Woodstock Saturday December 6, 2014, 11am – 1pm, Location: Mt. View Studio, Woodstock, NY, Cost $25. Contact: Carol 845-687-9001. Directions can be found at http://mtnviewstudio.com/.

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Wednesday, November 19th at 6:30pm, Harambee Dance Company is holding open auditions for female and male dancers at the Kennedy Center, 34 west 134th street, NYC. Interested dancers should be experienced, versatile and a proficient African dancer; experience in other modern dance forms is a definite plus. Artistic director / choreographer, Sandella Malloy is seeking dancers who are confident, open, passionate, and quick learners with a strong stage presence. You must be available for rehearsals on Wednesdays at 6:30pm; additional rehearsals are added as needed. Contact Harambee Dance Company with any questions.
www.harambeedancecompany.com

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November 2014 – Educational Wolof Workshop Tours with Author Serigne Mara Diakhate, coming to a city near you; Boston, MA; Brooklyn, NY; Detroit, MI; Columbus, OH; Chicago, IL  Click here  (http://www.africandanceschedule.com/educational-wolof-workshop-tours) for all the details. Purchase book here .

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RKB_sm1 RKB_sm2Friday, November 21, 8:00 pm and Saturday, November 22, 8:00 pm, Ronald K. Brown\Evidence A Dance Company. Location: The Institute of Contemporary Art / Boston, 100 Northern Ave., Boston. Reserved Seating, $40.00 / $36.00 World Music/CRASHarts Members. Visit http://worldmusic.org/content/event_page/2031/ronald-k.brownevidence-a-dance-company.

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Complexions2November 18-30, 2014, Complexions returns to The Joyce Theater
Program A: Nov 18 & 19 at 7:30pm; Nov 21 & 22 at 8pm; Nov 23 at 7:30pm
Head Space (world premiere), Igual, Testament, I Am Your Man, The Groove(World premiere)
Program B: Nov 25 & 26 at 7:30pm; Nov 28 & 29 at 8pm; Nov 30 at 7:30pm
Head Space (world premiere), Hissy Fits, Innervisions
Program C: Nov 22 & 23 at 2pm; Nov 29 & 30 at 2pm
Head Space (world premiere), Innervisions
Gala Program: Nov 20 at 7pm
“Ave Maria” (duet from Grapes of Wrath, duet from Testament, solo from What Come Thereafter, excerpt from Innervisions, duet from The Great Gatsby, Igual,Head Space.

Featuring choreography by Dwight Rhoden that “grabs the viewer by the eyeballs and refuses to let go” (Dance Magazine), Complexions celebrates its 20th Anniversary season by showcasing the diversity of its repertory and the brilliance of its artists. On a program of repertory favorites and three premieres, Artistic Directors Rhoden and Desmond Richardson salute the company’s inaugural 1994 performance with appearances by special guest artists, including the phenomenal Desmond Richardson and American Ballet Theatre’s Misty Copeland. Highlights include the premiere of Rhoden’s Head Space, set to the music of Grammy Award winning New Orleans jazz musician Terence Blanchard, and Rhoden classics likeHissy Fits and Ave Maria. Completing the program are the world premiere of The Groove inspired by the House music scene of the 1980′s; and Igual; a new work choreographed by Marcelo Gomes set to an original score by Ian Ng.For more information visit http://www.complexionsdance.org/#!the-joyce-theater-/c1z0b.

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sahrThursday November 20 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM, City Lore and Badenya Present Voices Against Ebola, An Evening of Music, Poetry, and Discussion by Artists with West African Roots Poet, storyteller and educator Kewulay Kamara; the star of the Broadway hit Fela, Sahr Nguajah; pan-African superstar Papa Bajah; and poet and novelist Sister Rashida Ishmaili Abu Bakr join forces for Voices Against Ebola, an evening of performances and discussion to raise funds to help families in northern Sierra Leone survive the crisis. Beyond the deadly toll taken by the virus itself, Ebola has ravaged West African economies. Schools and markets have been closed indefinitely, and movement of people and commerce has been severely restricted. Most of Sierra Leone’s 6 million people now live under quarantine.  Funds from this event will go directly from the non-profit Badenya, Inc. to:
* Purchase and distribute foods and supplies–including surgical masks, hand soaps, gloves and Dettol-directly to families in need.
* Support volunteers to educate vulnerable communities about preventive measures
Musicians: Salieu Suso, Kevin Nathaniel Hylton, Erik Goldman
Admission: $25 donation (includes a free copy of Sister Rashida Ishaili’s new novel, The Autobiography of the Lower East Side)
For tickets or to donate to the event: Please click here. For more information: steve@citylore.org or 212-529-1955 ext 11

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Anansi The SpiderUzuri Dance TheaterNovember 21-23, 2014 (Fri., Sat., Sun.) Uzuri Dance Theater presents Anansi the Spider an African Folktale. The tale is that of a trickster who often uses cleverness and harmless jokes to get what he wants. Anansi stories are originally from the Ashanti people of Ghana West Africa.
During this lively family performance, Anansi’s story comes to life with live African percussion and Traditional West African dance on a dazzling, colorfully glowing, black light stage. Contact information: info@uzuri.org, Price of Event: Children (ages 4-14) $18.95 Adults $28.95. Location of Event: TADA! Theater 15 W. 28th St. @ Broadway. For more information visit the website at http://uzuri.org/ .

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Saturday November 29, 2014, FREE African Dance Class with Ndeye Gueye. 2-3pm. Location 215 West 125th Street. On mass transit you can take the 7th/Lenox Ave. #2, 3 or D, A, B, C, Metro North. All trains stop at 125th St. Next to the Apollo theatre.

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

Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9pm Guinean West African Dance with Mouminatou Camara. Location:  CUMBE, 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 www.cumbedance.com.

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.

Thursdays, Damon Foster is teaching African dance workshop (open level), beginning Thursday July 24, 2014 at 7:30pm. Location: The Devore Dance Center located at 205-05 Hollis Ave, Queens, NY. $12. Contact, damon_foster@ymail.com

_______________________________________________________ Fridays 6:30-8pm (Class has resumed as of Friday September 12, 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

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African Film Festival visit: Africanfilmny.org

FREE, Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 4:00pm, FILM:  
MINERS SHOT DOWN, Rehad Desai, South Africa, 2014, 85min. Location: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture,
Film Description: In August 2012, mineworkers in one of South Africa’s biggest platinum mines began a strike for better wages. Six days later, the police used live ammunition to brutally suppress the strike, killing 34 and injuring many more. What emerges is the country’s first post-colonial massacre. Appropriate for mature audiences.
Post-Screening Skype Discussion with Director Rehad Desai!!!
RSVP: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/films-at-the-schomburg-miners-shot-down-tickets-12626224377?aff=eorg

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The African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF)  

Visit nyadiff.org to get updates on films, festivals…coming up!

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

Welcome_Banner-704x240Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) raised 5.5 million dollars. And broke ground on September 16 at 10:00 AM at the former firehouse at 120 E. 125th Street which it is renovating into a cultural center for East Harlem.Visit http://cccadi.org/. The center is due to open in late 2015. 

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Saturday November 22, 2014, Unity Dance Workshop Hosted by Sundjata

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Schedule: 
Danny Hinds – 10am
Malika Moor – 11am
Amansu Eason – 12pm
Stacy Letrice – 1pm
Harry Detry – 2pm
Markeya Howard – 3pm
Imania Detry – 4pm
Idy Ciss – 5pm
Maila Sylla – 6pm  $60 Donation FOR ALL CLASSES ($15 per class rate)For more information please call 630.770.9809. Location: Sherman Park 1301 West 52nd Street. Chicago IL. Please share this information/link …http://www.africandanceschedule.com/unity_dance_workshop_2014

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Dec 3, 2014 – Jan 4, 2015, Ailey American Dance Theater at City Center, 131 W 55th St (btwn 6th & 7th) New York, NY 10019, CityTix® 212.581.1212. Tickets start at $25. BuyTicketsOnline_2014

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12/3, Wed 7:00pm-Opening Night Gala: Uprising; Unfold; Revelations
12/4, Thu 7:30pm-Chroma; D-Man in the Waters (Part I); Revelations
12/5, Fri 8:00pm-Bad Blood; Four Corners; After the Rain; Revelations
12/6, Sat 2:00pm-Four Corners; After the Rain; Bad Blood; Revelations
12/6, Sat 8:00pm-Polish Pieces; Awassa Astrige/Ostrich; Uprising; Revelations
12/7, Sun 3:00pm-Polish Pieces; Awassa Astrige/Ostrich; The Pleasure of the Lesson; Revelations
12/7, Sun 7:30pm-Chroma; D-Man in the Waters (Part I); Takademe; LIFT
12/9, Tue 7:30pm-AILEY ELLINGTON: Night Creature; Pas de Duke; The River; Revelations
12/10, Wed 7:30pm-Memoria; ODETTA; Revelations
12/11, Thu 7:30pm-The Pleasure of the Lesson; Bad Blood, Minus 16
12/12, Fri 8:00pm-Chroma; Suspended Women; Revelations
12/13, Sat 2:00pm-Memoria; ODETTA: Revelations
12/13, Sat 8:00pm-Grace; Uprising; Revelations
12/14, Sun 3:00pm-Polish Pieces; Takademe; Suspended Women; Grace
12/14, Sun 7:30pm-Memoria; ODETTA; Minus 16
12/16, Tue 7:30pm-Celebrating Linda Celeste Sims, Hope Boykin, and the Women of Ailey: including Night Creature, excerpt from Vespers, Cry and Revelations
12/17, Wed 7:30pm-AILEY ELLINGTON: Night Creature; Pas de Duke; The River; Revelations
12/18, Thu 7:30pm-ALL NEW: Uprising; Suspended Women; ODETTA
12/19, Fri 8:00pm-Chroma; The Pleasure of the Lesson; Revelations
12/20, Sat 2:00pm-LIFT; Awassa Astrige/Ostrich; D-Man in the Waters (Part I); Revelations
12/20, Sat 8:00pm-ALL NEW: Uprising; Suspended Women; ODETTA
12/21, Sun 3:00pm-AILEY ELLINGTON: Night Creature; Pas de Duke; The River; Revelations
12/21, Sun 7:30pm-Bad Blood; After the Rain; Episodes; Revelations
12/23, Tue 7:30pm-Episodes; Four Corners; Caught; Minus 16
12/24, Wed 2:00pm-LIFT; Takademe; The Pleasure of the Lesson; Revelations
12/24, Wed 7:30pm-Minus 16; Awassa Astrige/Ostrich; After the Rain; Caught; Revelations
12/26, Fri 8:00pm-ALL NEW: Uprising; Suspended Women; ODETTA
12/27, Sat 2:00pm-Polish Pieces; Awassa Astrige/Ostrich; Episodes; Revelations
12/27, Sat 8:00pm-Chroma; D-Man in the Waters (Part I); Takademe; LIFT
12/28, Sun 3:00pm-The Pleasure of the Lesson; Awassa Astrige/Ostrich; Four Corners; Revelations
12/28, Sun 7:30pm-ALL NEW: Uprising; Suspended Women; ODETTA
12/30, Tue 7:30pm-Night Creature; After the Rain; Grace; Revelations
12/31, Wed 2:00pm-ALL NEW: Bad Blood; After the Rain; Uprising; ODETTA
12/31, Wed 7:00pm-Polish Pieces; Takademe; LIFT; Caught; Revelations
1/2, Fri 8:00pm-LIFT; Awassa Astrige/Ostrich; Four Corners; Revelations
1/3, Sat 2:00pm-AILEY ELLINGTON: Night Creature; Pas de Duke; The River; Revelations
1/3, Sat 8:00pm-Grace; Bad Blood; Revelations
1/4, Sun 3:00pm-Four Corners; Suspended Women; Revelations
1/4, Sun 7:30pm-Special Season Finale including Revelations

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Kwanzaa primary _  Photogaphy by Shahar AzranSaturday, December 27, 2014 at 2pm and 7:30pm KWANZAA
Celebration: Regeneration Night, Featuring Forces of Nature Dance Theatre and Imhotep Gary Byrd. For more information click here.

The Apollo Theater celebrates Kwanzaa with its popular annual show, featuring the renowned New York-based dance company Abdel Salaam’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre, host Imhotep Gary Byrd, and guest performances. Since 2006, the Apollo has presented Kwanzaa Celebration: Regeneration Night to rejoice in this holiday tradition with a lively evening of dance and music, honoring the principles of Kwanzaa: family, community, and culture. For more information visit https://www.apollotheater.org/programs/community

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