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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 ____________________________________________________

04_Cumbe_logo_lockupsCumbe is closed this Thursday, November 27, 2014. Please call them at  (718) 935 – 9700 before heading out on this Friday as well.


December 2014 /January 2015

New York African Dance Weekend 

tenefig danceTenenfig “Fifi” Dioubate Teaching Guinean West African Dance Fridays 7:30-9pm (beginner); Saturdays 3-4:30pm (All Levels); Sundays 3-4:30pm (All Levels). Location: YMCA of Newark & Vicinity, 600 Broad Street, Newark, NJ 07192. Contact: Brandi Renee at 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 December 21, 2014 from 3-4:30pm. Live Drumming! (Ousmane Sall will teach 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.


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

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,

_______________________________________________________ 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


African Film Festival visit: Africanfilmny.org____________________________________________________

The African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF)  

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


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 The center is due to open in late 2015. 


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_2014Alvin Ailey at City Center Programs - 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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Thursday, December 18, 2014, (10 am and 12 noon, and 7pm) Uptown Dance Academy Presents The 19th Annual Black Nutcracker Holiday Show. Location: Hostos Center for Art & Culture, 450 Grand Concourse, Bronx, New York. $7 Per person (for 10am / 12noon show(s). And $15, $25 for evening show. For all details and discounts visit ___________________________________________________Kwanzaa primary _  Photogaphy by Shahar Azran

Saturday, 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 _________________________________________ co logoJanuary 9 – 12, 2015 (Friday thru Monday) “Artists in Concert”, Celebrating Our 20th Anniversary. Location: Actors Fund Art Center, 160 Schermerhorn and Hoyt St. Brooklyn, New York. Tix $15. Purchase on Sat. @ CO or call/email: 917-500-8774, Choreographers: Jamal Calendar, Ian DaSilva Levell Franklin, Kevin Hunte Omar Jaslin, Danion Lewis Camille Parson, Ryan Rankine Victor Reddick, Bahiyah Sayyed Danny Soto, Dawn Branch Jada WIlliams, Dorcas Williams Shirley Black Brown Coward Performance Schedule: * Fri, Jan. 9 @ 8pm- JA 1 & JA 3 * Sat, Jan.10 @ 8pm- JA 2 & Phyl’s Academy * Sun, Jan.11 @ 3pm- Prep & UPK * Mon, Jan.12 @ 8pm- IA

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