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October 20, 2017

Dear Cumbe Community,
The day we’ve all been waiting for is here!  We are READY and DELIGHTED to welcome you to our new home at RestorationART!
We invite you all to come on out and fill our new home with your spirit and joy!

Saturday, Nov. 11
Community Dance Day
A day of $5 dance classes for everyone: young children (ages 1 to 4), dance fitness, and traditional and contemporary African/Diaspora movement. Stay tuned for the full schedule.

Sunday, Nov. 12
Start of Adult Dance Classes
Your favorite teachers are BACK!
In our weekly lineup there’s West African with Lamine Thiam, Ousmane Sall and Mouminatou Camara; Afro-Cuban with Danys ‘La Mora’ Perez and Stevie Insua; Dance Fitness with Johari Mayfield and Bajanalla Cann and more!

And, through the end of the year, we are offering a special introductory price of $12 for our 60- and 90-minute classes, and $14 for 2-hour classes.
More Cumbe Magic
And that’s not all – we have even more dance and music for you:
Sunday, Nov. 5 from 4pm to 6pm    
Gede Celebration with Julio Jean and Mikerline Pierre at Gibney Dance Center

Celebrate life and death with the Gede spirits through song, dance, and drums! Thanks to Julio Jean, the Gede celebration has become an annual Cumbe tradition and we hope you’ll join us this year!


Through Dec. 22 Cumbe Kidz Classes
Check out our wonderful teachers and classes for ages 1 to 4, including

Journey Through the Diaspora with Goussy Célestin, Capoiera with Pena Verde, and Playtime with Mrs. Red Fox with Johari Mayfield.

Ongoing Classes at Gibney Dance Center

On Tuesdays from 6pm to 8pm, enjoy West African with Lamine Thiam, and spend your Saturdays doing Rumba with Stevie Insua from 4:30pm to 6pm.


Finally, all of us at Cumbe send a huge thank you to our entire community for supporting and loving us while we’ve been ‘in the diaspora’.  We are thrilled to be back in BK and cannot wait to dance with YOU!
Jimena Martinez
Co-Founder/Executive Director

October 6, 2017

Dear Cumbe community,

Thank you for your outpouring of support while we wait just a little bit longer to welcome you into our new home at RestorationART in Bed-Stuy! Many arts organizations face the reality that Brooklyn, one of the most creative places in the world, also has some of the most expensive real estate. Cumbe has been grappling with this reality for the past couple of years, as we work to build a home for the amazingly rich universe of dance and music from Africa and its diaspora. We’re thankful, though, that our current struggle is no longer ‘where’ we will be, but ‘when’ will we be able to dance with you and our wonderful teachers in a lovely new space.

We’re especially excited to offer our classes as the newest arts organization-in-residence at RestorationART, the cultural centerpiece of Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, and a creative complex committed to world-class dance, music, theater, visual arts and conversation in the epicenter of Black culture, Central Brooklyn. Our partners at RestorationART have been working non-stop to finalize the renovation of our new dance studios and we’re grateful to them for their strong support.

Have you ever watched those renovation shows where things seem to go haywire right before it all comes together? For Cumbe, that’s what it feels like right now! But we can’t wait to celebrate soon with all of you. As Lamine Thiam, our love-filled Sabar teacher reminded us: “We’ve been waiting for two years, a few weeks more is nothing. It will be worth it!”

In the meantime, you can still enjoy West African and Rumba, every Tuesday and Saturday respectively, at Gibney Dance, as well as our African/Diaspora workshop series on the third Sunday of every month.  This month, on 10/15, the spotlight is on Afro-Haitian, with Julio Jean!


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