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April 28, 2015

Dear Cumbe Family,

First, we want to say a huge THANK YOU for supporting Cumbe during this interim phase!

I am the first to admit that it’s challenging to not be in our own space. But I also know two things: African and diaspora culture is all about resilience; and ultimately, what makes our community is not the physical space but US coming together to dance and savor the rich and healing world of rhythms rooted in Africa. Because those things are true, I also know that – together – we will get through this crazy time.

Our search for a new home has turned into much more of a marathon than we had hoped, but I want to let you know that our search has been continuing at full steam. We remain committed to finding the right new home for African/diaspora dance and rhythm in Brooklyn. The minute we can report definitive news, we will let you know.

In the meantime, please keep in touch and let us know what we can be doing to make your experience in class fantastic! Hopefully, you’ve been able to make it to classes in our interim spaces. If not, I encourage you to come on out this week! You’ll be happy you did.

Finally…watch out for two special upcoming weeks:

Next week, May 4-10 is Teacher Appreciation Week

Come on out, sign a card, and show your favorite teachers some love.

And the following week, May 11-17 is Student Appreciation Week

Come on out and let us show YOU some love!


Jimena (Co-Director) and the whole Cumbe team

January 23, 2015

Dear Cumbe Family,

We know you’re anxiously awaiting news of where Cumbe will be moving and thank you for your patience as the final details get worked out! Please know we will communicate any new information as soon as we have it.

Here is what we know so far:


After January 31, we will be holding classes in a few interim locations (mostly in Brooklyn, one in lower Manhattan). We are happy to say that we’ll be able to continue many (though not all) of our classes. We hope to finalize a location for Tuesday and Thursday classes next week.

The following is confirmed:

  1. Starting February 2nd: On Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays, we will be at Brooklyn Friends School.
    On Mondays and Fridays (6:00-9:00pm) and Saturdays (10:00am-4:00pm), we will have classes at Brooklyn Friends School (375 Pearl St., near Willoughby). We will announce the class schedule soon.
  2. Starting February 4th: On Wednesdays and Sundays, we will be at Long Island University.
    On Wednesdays (6:00-9:00pm) and Sundays (from 3:00-7:30pm), we will be at Long Island University (DeKalb and Flatbush Ave).  We will announce the class schedule soon.
  3. Starting February 2nd: Jamie Philbert’s Classes for Children are at Brooklyn Ballet.
    Jamie Philbert will teach Uhuru (Creative Movement) classes at Brooklyn Ballet (160 Schermerhorn between Hoyt & Smith St.):
    Mondays from 10:30-11:15am (ages 1 to 2)
    Tuesdays from 3:45- 4:30pm (ages 2 to 4)
    Fridays from 10:30-11:15am (ages 2 to 4)
    Jamie will also teach a Saturday class at Brooklyn Friends, most likely at 10:00am (time to be confirmed later).
  4. Starting February 3rd: Julio Jean starts a new class on Tuesdays!
    Julio Jean will teach Afro-Haitian on Tuesdays from 8:00-9:45pm at Gibney Dance’s Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center (280 Broadway, near Chambers St. in Manhattan).  This class is part of a new partnership between Cumbe and Gibney Dance.  You may register for this class at

Cumbe extends a huge Thank You to the Brooklyn Friends School, Long Island University, Brooklyn Ballet, and Gibney Dance for supporting us while we search for our new home!


We are in serious negotiations with two locations (one across the street from us, and one in Crown Heights).  We are very hopeful that one of these two spaces will become our next home!  Once the deal is sealed, we will start renovating the space and have a better idea of how long it will take before we can move in.

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