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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




October/November 2014

New York African Dance Weekend 

Ndeye Gueye ClassSaturday October 25, 2014, New Sabar Class with Ndeye Gueye. Ongoing on Saturdays 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.


VadoSaturday, October 25, 2014, 8pm – Vado Diomande and Kotchegna Dance Company performs KEKENE VIII, Fourou Gnouma: The Beautiful Wedding, Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive. NYC. Tickets $25.00. Please visit


Sunday, October 26, 2014 12noon – FREE African Dance Class with Ismael Kouyate and Riverview Farmer’s Market featuring local vegetables, grass-fed meats, local honey, beauty products and more, all in front of the fantastic NYC skyline. Location: Riverview-Fisk Park in Jersey City.  Directions: The simplest way is to take the 123 bus from Port Authority to the corner of Palisade Ave and Bowers St. One can also take the Path train to Hoboken, and transfer to the 87 bus that will take you to the corner of Palisade and Bowers. (Donations for drummers much appreciated!). Come early and enjoy the Riverview Farmer’s Market featuring local vegetables, grass-fed meats, local honey, beauty products and more, all in front of the fantastic NYC skyline. From Tatiana

Ndeye Gueye has resumed Teaching Sabar West African Dance on Sundays. Her next class is October 26, 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.

Ismael-Kouyate-Sunday October 26, 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 October 26, 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


Friday October 24, 2014 – 8pm, Tales of Home: Congo/Mozambique – Faustin Linyekula/Studios Kabako LE CARGO. Co-presented by BRIC and 651 ARTS. US tour produced by MAPP International Productions in partnership with The Africa Contemporary Arts Consortium. $20 Adv | $25 Door

Le Cargo
Tales of Home: Mozambique Photo: Agathe Poupeney

Faustin Linyekula, in Le Cargo, his first-ever choreographed solo, intimately tells of his return to home in a search for things lost and the dance, people and music he reclaims in the process. How does one remember the dance, or at least a certain romantic idea of dance, something that occurs in the instant just before words, just before the outcry, just before the story, or in the space thereafter? Original music is composed by Obilo drummers and Bessie Award-winning guitarist Flamme Kapaya.

Le Cargo is part of Tales of Home: Congo/Mozambique, a two-evening program of dance-theater featuring work by contemporary African choreographers. In both works, Linyekula and Canda grapple with the complex histories of their countries and their own experiences of dislocation, forced emigration, and cultural assimilation. Through intimate and personal stories, they reveal the rigor and passions of their contemporary lives.

GabrielTales of Home: Congo/Mozambique
Panaibra Gabriel Canda Time and Spaces: The Marrabenta Solos

October 25, 2014 · 8:00 PM
More info & Tickets
BRIC House Ballroom
$20 Adv | $25 Door

Run time: 60 minutes, no intermission.
Location: BRIC House Ballroom, 647 Fulton Street,(Enter on Rockwell Place) Brooklyn, NY 11217. Tel: 718.683.5600. Directions: 2/3/4/5 to Nevins St | B/Q/R to DeKalb St | G to Fulton St.


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 .





Festival kick off Thursday October 22-Sunday October 25, 2014.
Saturday Oct 25,2014, Festival of African and Caribbean Culture Toronto 2014. ijovudu Dance International host Festival of African and Caribbean Culture. Sani-Abu – Founder, Executive/Artistic Director


Wednesday, October 22nd, 7:00pm, NO MAPS ON MY TAPS. The Classic Tap Dancing Movie by George Nierenberg with a Tap Dancing Demo by Maurice Chestnut. You will see rare photographs and Hollywood film clips of the 1930s provides a backdrop for intimate portraits of three surviving “hoofers”: the amazing Sandman Sims, Chuck Green and Bunny Briggs. Filmmaker George Nierenberg will offer a Q & A and Maurice Chestnut, one of taps brightest young stars, who performed with Savion Glover in productions such as “Bring In ‘Da Noise, Bring In ‘Da Funk,” will perform some tap madness of his own. A reception will follow. Location, The City Lore Gallery, 56 E 1st St. New York, NY 10003 (F train to 2nd Ave or 6 train to Bleecker). $15


dudleywilliamsThursday October 23, 2014 at 6pm – Dudley Williams, soloist for many years with Alvin Ailey’s American Dance Theater will be participating in “A Clark Center Conversation with Dudley Williams.” Jennifer Dunning talks with acclaimed modern dancer Dudley Williams about his roots at the Clark Center for the Performing Arts and his long and illustrious career with the Martha Graham Dance Company and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Location: The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Bruno Walter Auditorium. FREE, must rsvp click on this link…RSVP Dudley Williams with Jennifer Dunning at NYPL 


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“A Day of Dunham” La Danse Noire Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 11:30 PM (EDT) Atlanta, GA


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 …


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