West African (Sabar and Djembe) with Lamine Thiam
With Live Drumming
You’ll learn two key styles of West African dance in this class: Sabar and Djembe. Sabar’s celebratory rhythm is featured in the music of Youssou N’Dour and is aerial and sensual, with high kicks and jumps. Djembe dances mark everything from everyday events (farming, hunting) to special occasions (birth, marriage) and express strength, playfulness, exuberance, grace, and more. Master teacher Lamine Thiam comes from a line of Senegalese griots, and will teach the fundamentals of West African dance and ground you in an understanding of the accompanying drum rhythms.
With Live Drumming
Learn the playful, energetic dances of Guinea. From the celebratory Yankade of the Susu people, female mask dance Sonsona of the Baga people, or the Makuru of the Susu people, this class will take you on a journey through Guinean rhythms and dances. Class begins with a warm up with the Kassa rhythms and continues on to sharing techniques and choreography of the above rhythms and more! Occasionally you will have the treat of learning songs and a chance to show off your new moves in a closing supportive circle. Seize the opportunity to study with one of the world’s living treasures, master dancer and drummer M’Bemba Bangoura.
Contemporary West African with Papa Sy
Papa Sy teaches Métisse-dance (hybrid-dance), a style of Contemporary West African dance which melds traditional Senegalese dance techniques with contemporary styles. Through original choreography set to music from Youssou N’Dour and other contemporary Senegalese musicians, the class will focus on ripple, contraction, weight, trajectory, pace, and breath. As a founding graduate of Germaine Acogny’s famed École des Sables school in Senegal and company member of Jant-Bi, Papa Sy has gone on to choreograph in collaboration with others such as Susanne Linke, renowned German dancer and choreographer of Tanztheater. This class welcomes both recreational and professional dancers.
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