Doun Doun Dance is unique and fun combination of dancing and drumming. It originates from Guinea, West Africa and is typically done by women. Join Take’ as she adds a twist of funky Brooklyn flavor to this powerful art form. It’s a great way to connect your mind and body through movement and rhythm, release tension, and express joy. Doun Doun Dance is super fun, great exercise and nourishing for the soul. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a bottle of water. This class is open to all levels. Workshop price includes use of a doun doun drum and sticks but students are welcome to bring their own drums.
Take’ was born and raised in Japan where she started learning and performing traditional Japanese dance at the age of 4. She was introduced to African dance in 1994 and eventually traveled to Guinea with renowned dancer and teacher Youssouf Koumbassa to study dance and drum culture. Take’ has taught West African dance workshops as a guest artist for The Sound Movement Connection Perceptual Development Program at Boricua College. She currently teaches and choreographs African Diaspora dance and drums, creative movement, children’s yoga, dance and percussion for different ages and diverse populations. Take’ is the Director of Global Pulse, a multi-cultural dance, drum and spoken word performance group aiming to promote social justice and world peace by bridging cultural divides.