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Sabar Dance Lab

A Weekend of Sabar

In Collaboration with The Dance Laboratory

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April 22 & 23, 2022

Each year, our dance community celebrates the culture, influence and dance styles given to the world through Senegal! Master teacher and sister in the dance world, Marie Basse-Wiles hosts the Maimouna Keita Dance Conference & Concert which highlights the traditions of African dance and history with styles from across the continent, but is especially rich in styles from Senegal.

In that spirit our own Babacar Top is following up the festivities by hosting a Sabar dance laboratory at Cumbe. The Dance Laboratory is an immersive learning environment that combines collective and individual practice of inquiry. The workshops will focus on understanding, learning and establishing a greater context for Sabar and other West African dance forms, including their history and culture.

Friday Series

Join us for an immersive two days into the world of Sabar and traditional dances from Senegal! All workshops are in-person only.

Sabar
with Pape Moussa Sonko

Friday, April 22
12:00-2:30pm ET
$20
In-Person Only

Sabar, the national pulse of Senegal, is also the term collectively used to describe this intricate and sophisticated genre of Senegalese inspired dancing that originated on the urban streets of Dakar. With its enchanting light footed groundedness, its elegance, its ecstatic rhythms, Sabar is one of the most difficult dances to learn, not in the least because of the rhythms that come with the Sabar dance, but also because learning Sabar means learning how to move all over again.

Pape Moussa Sonko was voted best dancer in Senegal in 2011.  He is a renowned artist and choreographer who has been performing with Senegal’s most famous singers (Youssou Ndour, Viviane Ndour, Aida Samb among others).  He also worked in collaboration with Gorge Momboye in Afrika Afrika in Germany, a large dance production that toured Europe.

Pape Moussa is a hugely entertaining and inspiring teacher with a vast knowledge of African dance, specifically Sabar. His desire is for his students to feel at ease and enjoy themselves.

Sabar Drumming
with Africa Afia & Gidou Sing Sing

Friday, April 22
2:30-4:00pm ET
$20
In-Person Only

Learn the complex rhythms of Sabar!

Africa Afia aka Ibrahima “Thiokho’’ Diagne was born in Dakar Senegal in 1974. Thioko is a member of the Bambara ethnic group originating from Mali, West Africa. Music and art are a rich tradition in Thiokho’s family and from a young age Thiokho has dedicated his life to mastering the taballa drum. As a child he perfected making his own drums from discarded goat skins and empty buckets and invited his friends and brothers to play. In 1989 at the age of 15 he was introduced to master sabar drummers M’Baye Faye and Lamine Faye of Dakar, Senegal

Kutiro
with Tenefig

Friday, April 22
4:00-5:30pm ET
$20
In-Person Only

Kutiro

Sabar
with Babacar Top

Friday, April 22
5:30-7:00pm ET
$20
In-Person Only


Sabar

Khalifa Babacar Top is a Senegalese artist who began his dancing at a young age with Sabar in traditional ceremonies. His interests in storytelling with the body lead him to deepen his learning and seek out more African contemporary dance forms. Top was a company member with Compagnie Jant-Bi for four years. He has worked with Regine Chopinot, Robyn Orlin, Mark Tompkins, Kristie Simon, Rosangela Slivestre, Rachel Erdos and Ido Tadmor. In 2013, he performed Bolero with Maurice Bejart Ballet Lausanne. Top has worked in collaboration with the Association Kaay Fecc in Dakar, Senegal to develop programming that exposes young dancers to a variety of dance forms. He currently teaches at Ecole des Sables. He has taught and performed throughout the continent of Africa, Europe and the USA.

Saturday Workshops

Join us for day two of Sabar and traditional dances from Senegal! All workshops are in-person only.

Experimental Sabar [Outdoors]
with Babacar Top

Saturday, April 23
11:30-1:00pm ET
$20

In-Person (Outdoor)

Experience this incredible workshop with master dancer and teacher Babacar Top, lead dancer with Jant-Bi! Experimental Sabar fuses contemporary movement with Sabar, connecting today’s dances with traditional movements. Originating from traditional ceremonies, Sabar is often referred to as the national pulse of Senegal. It is known for its rhythmic complexity and sophistication in both movement and music. With its light-footed roots, elegance and ecstatic rhythms Experimental Sabar offers an opportunity to delve into the specificity of Sabar as a dance form and connect to an authentic way of expression.

Khalifa Babacar Top is a Senegalese artist who began his dancing at a young age with Sabar in traditional ceremonies. His interests in storytelling with the body lead him to deepen his learning and seek out more African contemporary dance forms. Top was a company member with Compagnie Jant-Bi for four years. He has worked with Regine Chopinot, Robyn Orlin, Mark Tompkins, Kristie Simon, Rosangela Slivestre, Rachel Erdos and Ido Tadmor. In 2013, he performed Bolero with Maurice Bejart Ballet Lausanne. Top has worked in collaboration with the Association Kaay Fecc in Dakar, Senegal to develop programming that exposes young dancers to a variety of dance forms. He currently teaches at Ecole des Sables. He has taught and performed throughout the continent of Africa, Europe and the USA.

Wango Pulaar
with Pape Moussa Sonko

Saturday, April 23
3:30 – 5:00pm ET
$20
In-Person Only

In Senegal, the Toucouleurs, who are part of the Peul ethnic group, are represented mainly along the Senegal River valley between Dagana and Dembankane.  Their name would be a distortion of that of the ancient Kingdom of Tekrour (Tekrouris).  Reputed to be excellent cow breeders, the Fulani were the first to convert to Islam, then became the swords of the new religion.  Men and women dance and sing to the rhythm of the Wango, accompanied by the kalam (West African lute), the song of the patriots.

Pape Moussa Sonko was voted best dancer in Senegal in 2011.  He is a renowned artist and choreographer who has been performing with Senegal’s most famous singers (Youssou Ndour, Viviane Ndour, Aida Samb among others).  He also worked in collaboration with Gorge Momboye in Afrika Afrika in Germany, a large dance production that toured Europe.

Pape Moussa is a hugely entertaining and inspiring teacher with a vast knowledge of African dance, specifically Sabar. His desire is for his students to feel at ease and enjoy themselves.

Sabar
with Ibrahima Sarr

Saturday, April 23
5:00 – 7:00pm ET
$20
In-Person

Sabar, the national pulse of Senegal, is also the term collectively used to describe this intricate and sophisticated genre of Senegalese inspired dancing that originated on the urban streets of Dakar. With its enchanting light footed groundedness, its elegance, its ecstatic rhythms, Sabar is one of the most difficult dances to learn, not in the least because of the rhythms that come with the Sabar dance, but also because learning Sabar means learning how to move all over again.

Ibrahima Sarr began dancing at a very young age in traditional Sabar ceremonies.  Ibrahima has trained with European trainers in traditional Senegalese dance, served as a dance trainer and participated in festivals.  He has performed in the Bolivia Carnaval. Ibrahima is professionally trained in traditional Senegalese styles of dance and has performed all over the world.  He also joined the Sands of the Sun School in Senegal where he interned with African Dance Correspondence, Hip-Hop dance, international dances and contemporary dance.

MAIMOUNA KEITA SCHOOL OF AFRICAN DANCE WILL HOST ITS 30TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE AND CONCERT ON APRIL 14-17, 2022. Visit their website at https://maimounakeita.com/conferanceschedule/

CONFERENCE & CONCERT SCHEDULE
THURSDAY APRIL 14TH 2022
2:15 – 3:45 AZIZ FAYE – SABAR
4:00 – 5:30 PAPE MOUSSA SONKO – KUTIRO
5:45 – 7:15  ISMAEL KOUYATÉ GUINEA
7:30 – 9:00 BABACAR M’BAYE – SABAR

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FRIDAY APRIL 15TH 2022
12:30 – 2:00 BABACAR N’DIAYE – DJEMBE
2:15 – 3:45 AZIZ FAYE – SABAR
4:00 – 5:30 MARIAMA BASSE – BALANTE
5:45 – 7:15 ASSANE KONTE – KUTIRO
7:30 – 9:00 YOUSSOUF KOUMBASSA – GUINEA

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SATURDAY APRIL 16TH 2022
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM OUSMANE WILES – AFROBEAT
11:45 AM – 1:15 PM ANDOSHE LOUBAKI – CONGOLESE
1:30 – 3:00 NAOMI DIOUF – LIBERIAN
3:15 – 4:45 GILSET MORA – CUBAN
5:00 – 6:30 MOUMINATOU CAMARA – GUINEA 
SHOW TIME MAIMOUNA KEITA DANCE COMPANY AND GUESTS
SATURDAY APRIL 16TH 8:30 PM 
ROULETTE
509 ATLANTIC AVENUE (CORNER OF THIRD AVENUE) BROOKLYN, NY 11217
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SUNDAY APRIL 17TH 2022
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM RON BROWN – CONTEMPORARY
11:45 AM – 1:15 PM YOUSSOUF KOUMBASSA – GUINEA
1:30 – 3:00 IDY CISS – SERERE
3:15 – 4:45 BABACAR M’BAYE – SABAR
5:00 – 6:30 DJENABA SAKO – MALI
6:45 – 8:15 YERIM NIANG WITH PAPE MOUSSA SONKO – SABAR
8:15 – 9:00 ALL GENERATIONS PARTY 
CONFERENCE CLASS LOCATION
SHERATON HOTEL
228 DUFFIELD STREET BROOKLYN, NY 11201
Join class with Nadia on February 19th at the Clarkston Community Center. Class is inside from 10:00-11:15am. Masks are required. Advance registration is available online at www.UhuruDancers.com
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre: Hope Boykin’s ‘r-Evolution, Dream.’ now through Feb 13: bit.ly/3g2V0Z4, Photo by Paul Kolnik.

Ailey II is coming back to NYC this March! Tickets go on sale Feb 15: bit.ly/35PpX0J These talented dancers led by Artistic Director Francesca Harper are bringing their signature
edginess with a fresh artistic perspective back to the stage.
Photo by Nir Arieli

National Museum of African America History & Culture: Kwanzaa video

Tuesday, December 28 – Wednesday, December 29, 2021 – cut paste video link – YouTube

https://nmaahc.si.edu/events/kwanzaa-nmaahc-kids-learn-about-ujima

Official Kwanzaa Website

December 26, 2021 – January 1, 2022

https://www.officialkwanzaawebsite.org/index.html

SABAR REK! Uncovering Serer & Wolof Heritage

The TADA Foundation, under the artistic direction of Assane Kouyaté. All sessions, in-studio (masked), will occur in beautiful, sanitized, and well ventilated studios at TADA – The Atlanta Dance Academy – 2335 Cheshire Bridge Rd., NE Atlanta, GA 30324. Virtual options available. FREE in-studio offerings for seniors (60+). Email me for details

Sat Sep-11

Lamban: Dance + Song of the Djéli/Griot

West African Manding/Mandinka griot traditions (and the Kouyaté lineage) date back to the 13th century Mali Empire. Lamban, also referred to as Djélidon is a traditional dance (with accompanying song) that was exclusive to the djéli or griots (oral historians, musicians, poets, praise singers, storytellers of communal events including births, marriages, festivities etc.). SIGN UP –> Please direct all other registration questions to 678-827-3737 or info@tadaatlanta.com.

Fri Oct-8  Sun Oct-10Sabar Rek! Uncovering Wolof + Serer Heritage

A shift from Manding/Mandinka traditions will uncover comparable griot lineages and dance traditions among the Wolof and Serer ethnic groups, specifically the rich folkloric sabar dance and drumming techniques exclusive to Senegal, West Africa. This annual fall conference will consist of fewer sessions in 2021 due to COVID safety + health precautions, but will still reflect authentic, exciting, and vibrant educational experiences. 
Four (4) specialized dance workshops + One (1) drum intensive will be offered, with a 2 hour community dance kick-off on Friday Oct-8 from 6:30 PM. Master Senegalese artists + percussionists will be included to preserve + enhance the traditional experience. Additional FREE + FUN virtual sabar mini events (subject to change) will also be featured over the weekend via social media. Be sure to follow Facebook | Instagram pages/handles for important announcements #sabarrekatl #strictlysabar #sabaronthebrain #smallbutvibrant #wolof #serer #senegalesedancetraditions
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION NOW OPENAll individuals must register. No exceptions! Please direct all registration questions to 678-827-3737 or info@tadaatlanta.com
NOTEWhen registering, all workshops will reference the name ‘Assane Kouyate,’ as shown here: Sabar Master Class with Assane Kouyate: 3:00 pm EDT, 10/9/2021However, the time/date selection corresponds to the respective instructor as noted per class/schedule below. 

Fri Oct 8 (1 workshop) – Click to register6:30 – 8:30 PM Welcome + Exhibition + Sabar Dance Kick-off w/Assane KouyatéSat Oct 9 (2 workshops) – Click to register1:00 – 2:30 PM Seydi Sarr | 3:00 – 4:30 PM Ousseynou KouyatéSun Oct 10 (2 workshops) – Click to register1:00 – 2:30 PM Assane M’Baye (drum intensive) | 3:00 – 4:30 PM Babacar M’Baye

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The Mothership 9/18 from 4-8PM, NYC Manhattan

Location of this event is Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park. Tickets are free! Visit HARLEMDANCECLUB.ORG

Uhuru Dancers – Clarston, Georgia

http://www.uhurudancers.com/dance-classes.html

SEPTEMBER 2021

KanKouran West African Dance Company, Washington DC

http://kankouran.org/conference/