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September 4, 2015

Dear Cumbe students,

Classes start again on Monday, September 14 and we are thrilled to welcome our community back. Our wonderful faculty is ready to get you dancing!

We’ll be holding Adult classes in two new locations:

  • MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY: Almost all of our classes will be at PCA (Professional Center for the Arts) in their new studio in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
    Lamine Thiam’s West African class will continue on Tuesdays at Gibney Dance.
  • SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS: All classes will be at Gibney Dance in Lower Manhattan (near City Hall).

We thank PCA and Gibney for welcoming Cumbe into their spaces and their communities!

Our classes for Children Ages 1 to 4 will be continuing at Brooklyn Ballet on Mondays and Fridays.

We thank Brooklyn Ballet for being an ongoing partner.

Yes, our adult classes are leaving downtown Brooklyn (for now, at least) and that was a tough decision.  But we are very enthusiastic about our two new interim spaces:

PCA is a new, street-level dance studio that’s in a great area, and we know many of you live in Bed-Stuy and the surrounding neighborhoods. It’s only a block from the A/C Nostrand Avenue station, so those outside of Brooklyn can take advantage of the express A train.

Gibney Dance is a newly renovated studio with full amenities that is convenient for folks throughout NYC and beyond: it’s only a 1/2 block from the 4/5 Brooklyn Bridge stop, and within 2 blocks of the R, A, C, 2, 3, J, Z trains. Being at Gibney is also a great opportunity to introduce Cumbe to a different community of dancers, while offering Cumbe students access to a range of contemporary dance styles.  We’re excited about the possibilities this new partnership opens up.

*An important note about purchasing classes at our two locations*

Paying for classes occurring at our PCA location will be the same as before – you can buy single classes or class cards in advance at or in person at PCA before class. For classes occurring at Gibney, you must pay on Gibney’s website at or in person at Gibney. This means that Cumbe class cards will only be valid at our PCA location, and Gibney class cards will only be valid at our Gibney location. We apologize in advance for this inconvenience.

I am sure you have a lot of questions about these locations and about Cumbe’s search for a permanent new home, so we’ve prepared this FAQ pageLet us know if you have more questions and we’ll be sure to answer them!

With DEEP appreciation for your ongoing support,

Jimena Martinez

Co-Founder, Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance

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

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