Tenenfig Dioubate

Tenenfig Dioubate is one of a celebrated group of women teaching West African dance in the United States today. She sat down with M. Soledad Sklate and shared the stories behind how she came to dance, and how she made her way here from Guinea.  Tenenfig teaches West African dance on Fridays from 6:00-7:30pm and Sundays from 3:00-4:30pm. [...]

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Francine Ott

  Francine Ott shares the personal stories behind how she become a dancer, choreographer, and teacher. She teaches Contemporary Hip Hop Fusion for adults on Saturdays from 2:00-3:00pm, and Absolute Beginner Workshops in Hip Hop during the Month of May on Saturdays from 3:30-4:30pm (except for May 25) .  Article by M. Soledad Sklate. Q: How and [...]

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Sheila Anozier

M. Soledad Sklate interviewed teacher Sheila Anozier about her teaching philosophy and what teaching at Cumbe means to her. Sheila teaches Afro-Caribbean Dance and Movement every Monday from 6:00-7:30pm. Article by M. Soledad Sklate. Q: What is your teaching philosophy? A: Dance is spiritual.  It's a place to celebrate, to question, to surrender, and if you allow [...]

Jiho Choi

M. Soledad Sklate interviewed student Jiho Choi, who came all the way from South Korea to study dance and quickly became part of the Cumbe family. Read all about how this house dancer came to love African dance! Article by M. Soledad Sklate. When I met Jiho after he had taken Ronald K. Brown’s Contemporary [...]

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Meet the Founders

  Co-directors Jimena Martinez and Dominique Bravo, and artistic director Pat Hall sat down with M. Soledad Sklate to share the story of how Cumbe came to be, their vision for it, and their reflections on the studio's first year. Article by M. Soledad Sklate Q: Cumbe celebrated its first year anniversary during the month of [...]

Baba Richard Gonzalez

October 21,2012   M. Soledad Sklate interviewed award-winning dancer, choreographer, and highly sought-after teacher Baba Richard Gonzalez about his newest project at Cumbe: the "Meet the Artist" Choreography and Performance Workshop. The workshop is a unique opportunity for emerging choreographers to develop dance pieces with a group of students under the guidance of a seasoned professional. The workshop [...]