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