Honoring the traditions, freedom and influence of Senegal throughout April

Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance is celebrating the 59th year of Senegal’s independence with a series of special dance workshops. Join us as we celebrate Senegal’s accomplishments and contributions to the world of dance with a jam packed month of Senegalese dance classes and workshops.

This month at Cumbe we will welcome some of the greatest Senegalese master dance teachers to give the Brooklyn community an opportunity to indulge in the rich heritage, art and vibrancy of Senegal.

Workshops This Month:

Sunday, March 24 @ 2:00-3:30pm – Senegalese Djembe with Marie Basse-Wiles

Sunday, April 7 @ 2:00-4:00pm – Wango and Serer with Ousmane Sall

Sunday, April 14 @ 2:00-4:00pm – Bougarabou with Malang Bayo

Monday, April 15 @ 7:00-8:30pm  – Malian Dance Master Class with Souleymane Solo Sana

Sunday, April 28 @ 2:00-4:00pm – Afro Pop Sabar with Bakary Fall

Senegalese Classes This Month:

Fridays @ 6:30-8:00pm – Sabar with Lamine Thiam

Saturdays @12:00-1:30pm – Kutiro with Ousmane Sall

“Did you know that Senegal’s first president when it gained its independence, Léopold Sédar Senghor, was a poet and proponent of négritude, a philosophy affirming the value of African heritage that helped guide Senegal into independence with strong pride?” says Jimena Martinez, Cumbe’s Executive Director. “Did you know that New York City boasts some of the best Senegalese dance teachers in the U.S.? We invite you to come celebrate Senegal’s independence by diving deep into the country’s varied dance styles (both traditional and contemporary) with some of the treasures of the African/Diaspora dance scene, including Marie Basse Wiles, Ousmane Sall, Malang Bayo and Bakary Fall. You’ll learn Wango from the Fulani people, dances from the Serer ethnic group and Bougarabou from the Jola. Then get a taste of the vibrant dance scene in Dakar today with Afro Pop Sabar – a new style that sets Sabar (a high-kicking celebratory dance) to Afrobeat! You’ll be energized, nourished and ready to proclaim your own independence!”

Celebrating the independence of Senegal is a tremendous honor at Cumbe. Many of our teachers are from Senegal, teach dances from Senegal and integrate some of the traditional dances from Senegal into their work and instruction. Cumbe is excited to share the power of dance from various regions of Senegal with this special series and encourages everyone, seasoned dancers and newcomers alike, to join us this month for a dynamic dance experience.

All levels of dance are welcome to the series of workshops and classes. Please see website for workshop pricing.

We look forward to seeing you there!