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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.


November 2014/December 2014

New York African Dance Weekend 

Ndeye Gueye Performing at Manga African Dance ConferenceNdeye Gueye has resumed Teaching Sabar West African Dance on Sundays. Next class is Sunday November 30, 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.

Sunday November 30, 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


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  ( for all the details. Purchase book here .


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!the-joyce-theater-/c1z0b.



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

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:

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!!!


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 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 The center is due to open in late 2015. 


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

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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 …


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

Alvin 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


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

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