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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 18, 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.


mbembaSaturday, October 18, 2014, Master Drum Class with MBemba Bangoura 5:30-7:30pm. (All ages welcome) Limited Space 1st come 1st serve. Tickets sold at the door. $16 class $5 drum rental (must be reserved in advance). For more information call 908-258-0839. Location: Umoja Dance Studio, 2120 Springfield Avenue, Vauxhall, New Jersey 07088.

Ndeye Gueye has resumed Teaching Sabar West African Dance on Sundays. Her next class is October 19, 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 19, 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 19, 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


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 .




Lion KingDisney’s The Lion King is holding Children’s auditions for Broadway and the National Tour! Auditions are being held for children ages 9-12. Location: New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark (NJPAC).

lion king autionThe Lion King rehearsals
Disney Theatrical Productions is casting children for the New York and National Tour of Disney’s THE LION KING.
Minimum weekly salary is $2,083*.

Seeking children ages 9-12, between 50″-58″ in height, who can sing, dance, and act to play the African lion cubs Simba and Nala. We encourage children of all backgrounds to attend. No performance experience necessary.

Saturday, September 20th 2014
9:00am – Sign-in begins
10:00am – Auditions begin
11:00am – Sign-in ends

New Jersey Performing Arts Center
1 Center Street
Newark, NJ 07102

Saturday, October 4th 2014
1:00pm – Sign-in begins
2:00pm – Auditions begin
3:00pm – Sign-in ends

Studio Dionne
524 Plasters Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA 30324

Saturday, October 18th 2014
9:00am – Sign-in begins
10:00am – Auditions begin
11:00am – Sign-in ends

Oriental Theatre
24 West Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601

Be prepared to be taught the last verse of Just Can’t Wait to be King. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Parents or guardians must remain at the audition site at all times. Please be prepared to wait. *Payments subject to applicable state laws regarding trust funds for minors. If you are unable to attend this audition you may also send a headshot/resume and contact info ASAP to:Binder Casting • Attn: The Lion King Kids, 630 Ninth Avenue • Suite 807 • New York, NY 10036.



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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



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 

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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