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September 2014

FREE Saturday September 13, 2014 12-6pm, The Apollo Presents Harlem Healthy Soul Festival. Performance and Appearances by: Faith Evans, Dr. Ian Smith, DJ Big Tigger, Dr. John M. Palmer and the NY Knicks City Dancers.
Outdoor activities to include:
- Health Screenings
- Food Demonstration
- Fitness Exercises and Demonstrations
- Farmer’s Market
- Health Food Vendors
- Double Dutch/ Step Dance Demonstrations
- Zumba and Line Dancing Classes
- Face Painting
- Instrument Making
- Live Music/ DJs
- Dance Clinic with NY Knicks Dancers
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New York African Dance Weekend 

New Sabar Class with Ndeye Gueye. Begins Saturday September 20, 2014 from 12noon to 1:30pm at Black River Dance located 345 Lenox Ave. between 127th and 128th street. $15. 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.

Ndeye Gueye has resumed Teaching Sabar West African Dance on Sundays. Her next class is September 21, 2014 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 September 21, 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 September 21, 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



Youssou NDOUR on Fri. and Sat. Sept 12 and 13, 2014. (8pm on both days). LOCATION:Peter Jay Sharp Building; BAM Howard Gilman Opera House; RUN TIME: Approx 2hrs 30min. TICKETS START AT $35. Visit… Rokia Traoré, singer and multi-instrumentalist Toumani Diabaté and Sidiki Diabaté, kora. Wed, Sep 24, 2014 8pm; LOCATION:Peter Jay Sharp Building; BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, TICKETS START AT $25. Visit


Tacko SissokoTuesday, September 16, 2014, 7:30-9pm, KowTeff School of African Dance Presents a Master Dance class with Tacko Sissoko. FINAL CLASS for her 2014 U.S. tour! Location: Professional Center for the Arts, Inc. 1270 Fulton Street, 3rd Floor,(between Nostrand & Bedford Ave.), 2nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11216. (A or C Train to Nostrand Avenue or B44, 25 or 26 to Nostrand Ave. & Fulton St.) $15.

The Africa Center 9-20

Saturday September 27, 2014 Wellness Expo Event 12noon to 4pm. Participating vendors: United Health Care, SPA Expectations, Promises Kept Services, Safelink, Nutritional Services, Walgreens, American Dental.


Fall For Dance 2014

Two FREE Performances at The Delacorte Theater in Central Park, in association with The Public Theater Free tickets will be distributed, two per person, at the Delacorte Theater on the day of the show, and via the Virtual Ticketing (register in advance at lottery. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 and SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 at 8pm (Rain date SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14) HUBBARD STREET DANCE CHICAGO, Gnawa, Nacho Duato NEW YORK CITY BALLET, Herman Schmerman Pas de Deux, William Forsythe BILL T. JONES/ARNIE ZANE COMPANYD-Man in the Waters (Part I), Bill T. Jones LIL BUCKBend in the Road: New Orleans (World Premiere), Damian Woetzel and Charles “Lil Buck” Riley Sunday, September 14 at 11 a.m. Tickets go on sale for Fall for Dance at City Center. The festival is Oct 8 – 19, 2014. All tickets $15. Tickets go at lightening speed! WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8 and THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9 at 8pm BLACK GRACE, Minoi and Pati Pati, (NY Premiere) Neil leriia SAN FRANCISCO BALLET, Variations for Two Couples, (NY Premiere) Hans van Manen RUSSELL MALIPHANT/SADLER’S WELLS LONDON, Two x Two, (US Premiere) MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP AND MUSIC ENSEMBLE, Words, (World Premiere) FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10 and SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11 at 8pm LUCINDA CHILDS DANCE COMPANY, Concerto, Lucinda Childs SEMPEROPER BALLETT DRESDEN, Neue Suite, (US Premiere) William Forsythe COMPANY SÉBASTIEN RAMIREZ & HONJI WANG, AP15, S. Ramirez and H. Wang ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER, Minus 16, Ohad Naharin TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14, and WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15 at 8pm VUYANI DANCE THEATRE, Umnikelo, (NY Premiere) Luyanda Sidiya SARA MEARNS & COMPANY, Stairway to Paradise, Joshua Bergasse TRISHA BROWN DANCE COMPANY, Son of Gone Fishin’, Trisha Brown NATIONAL BALLET OF CHINA, The Peony Pavilion, (US Premiere) Fei Bo THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16 and FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17 at 8 pm BRIAN BROOKS MOVING COMPANY WITH JUILLIARD DANCE, Torrent, Brian Brooks THE AUSTRALIAN BALLET, Ostinato, (World Premiere) Tim Harbour BJM – LES BALLETS JAZZ DE MONTRÉAL, Closer, Benjamin Millepied RENNIE HARRIS PUREMOVEMENT, Students of the Asphalt Jungle, Dr. Rennie Harris SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18 at 8pm and SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19 at 2pm WAYNE MCGREGOR | RANDOM DANCE, FAR, (NY Premiere) Wayne McGregor in collaboration with the dancers PONTUS LIDBERG DANCE, New Lidberg, (World Premiere) Pontus Lidberg AAKASH ODEDRA COMPANY, Nritta, (US Premiere) Aakash Odedra THE SARASOTA BALLET, Les Patineurs, Sir Frederick Ashton


Apollo AfricaSaturday, October 11, 2014, 8pm Africa Now! South Africa Featuring: Simphiwe Dana, The Soil and Tumi Molekane. Location: Apollo Theatre, 253 West 125th Street, Mainstage Concert.  Simphiwe Dana is a South African Xhosa singer and songwriter, whose 2004 debut album was a worldwide phenomenon. With her unique combination of jazz, Afro-soul, rap and traditional music, she has been hailed as the “new Miriam Makeba.”  Award-winning South African vocal group, The Soil, is known for a heavenly a-capella sound described as Kasi soul. Tumi Molekane is a socially conscious hip-hop artist and poet.   This concert is presented by the Apollo Theater and World Music Institute as a featured event of their popular Africa Now! Festival, which this year commemorates the 20th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s inauguration and Harlem’s enduring relationship with the country of South Africa.
For all the details visit the official website at


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, Thursday August 28 2014 Hip-hop Fusion with Daaimah at Cumbe Center for African and Diaspora Dance from 7:30 – 9pm. $15. 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. 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 _______________________________________________________

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African Film Festival See complete July 7 thru September 2014 line up visit:



The African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF)  

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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 will break 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. 

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