Youssouf Koumbassa returns to Kittery

Join us at The Dance Hall, Sunday September 25 at noon for two special classes!

Youssouf Koumbassa, world renowned dancer and teacher, returns to New England for several workshops at the end of September! Namory Keita, who teaches at the Dance Hall and accompanies the weekly class, will lead the accompaniment for Youssouf’s classes and then teach a class of his own!

Dance with Youssouf
12:00 to 1:30 pm
$15 if you pay ahead or $18 at the door

Drum with Namory
1:30 to 3:00 pm
$15 if you pay ahead or $18 at the door

Save money: pay ahead through Brown Paper Tickets or by dropping a check off at Thursday night’s dance class and save money.
Youssouf Koumbassa is one of the world’s most sought after teachers of West African dance. He was a principal dancer with Ballet Djoliba, one of the national companies in Guinea, before relocating to the US more than 25 years ago.

He is a simultaneously graceful and powerful dancer, with an incredible gift for teaching. He leads workshops and conferences all over the world from Japan to Israel to California – and Maine.

Namory Keita was born in 1982 in the village of Sangbarala, Guinea. He began drumming at a young age and was the lead drummer in his village before he relocated to the US.

Namory has travelled to many places to share his culture including Germany, Poland, France, Canada, and Portugal. Since coming to America in 2010, he has played with Famoudou Konate, Mamady Keita, Bolokada Conde, Mousa Traore and many more.

Currently Namory performs and teaches weekly drumming classes throughout New England. He is a patient teacher for all skill levels and brings a thorough understanding of the whole drum ensemble and West African musical experience to his students.

Classes with Youssouf in Camden – September 21, Portland – September 24, and Kittery – September 25.

For more information:

Camden class
Denyserobinson@gmail.com

Portland class
embodytherhythmportland@gmail.com
https://embodytherhythm.com

Kittery class (September 25)
Seacoastdanceanddrum@gmail.com
603-969-5264

Drum and Dance at Rice Public Library on July 14

This Thursday, July 14th, there won’t be drum class with Namory Keita. We’ll be at the Rice Public Library right around the corner, drumming and dancing from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. We’d love to see you there!

Following that event, we’ll return to the Dance Hall for a special dance class with Dallo Yayefall who is visiting from Colorado. Dance class with Dallo will run from roughly 7:15 to 8:15 pm.

rice public library july 2016

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Mini Guinea at the Dance Hall

We’re celebrating the beautiful music and dance from Guinea at the Dance Hall next weekend, May 21! Beyond the afternoon workshops – between noon and 5pm – we’re looking forward to the evening performance. It will be opened by students from both Kittery and Portland classes and then followed up with at least six Guinean master artists sharing their talents!

Abou Sylla has been teaching and performing balafon throughout the US for more than twenty years. He comes from a musical family in Guinea and was in one of the country’s national ballets, Ballets Africains for many years before he moved to the US.
He’s now located in the Monadnock region of NH, but is often invited to perform at festivals all over the country.

Ismael Bangoura has been drumming for most of his life. He began as a young boy in Guinea and then played for years with his mentor and friend, Ibrahima “Boca” Camara. For nearly twenty years, he’s been a member of Jeh Kulu Dance and Drum Theater, teaching, performing, and producing an annual festival. He taught the first workshop at the Dance Hall in April of 2011 and we’re always thrilled to welcome him back!

Namory Keita has been teaching a weekly drum class and accompanying dance class at the Dance Hall every Thursday for the past four years. He grew up in the village of Sangbarala in Guinea and was mentored by his uncle, the world renowned Famoudou Konate. Besides teaching in Kittery and his current hometown of Portland, ME, he also teaches in Cambridge, MA and is frequently invited to perform and teach throughout North America.

Sayon Camara comes from the village of Kouya Sidia in the Sankaran region of Guinea. He began playing the djembe when he was a young boy and his hands haven’t stopped drumming since. He lives in Vermont and teaches classes and performs regularly throughout New England. Sayon’s skillful – and joyful – drumming is infectious.

Seny Daffe was born in Conakry, the capital of Guinea. He’s a multi-instrumentalist who plays djembe, dunduns, balafon, gongoma, bolon, krin, and more. He relocated to Vermont in 2006 and has been sharing his music and dance throughout New England since.

Sidiki Sylla was born and raised in Conakry, Guinea and joined Ballet Djoliba in 1984. He toured the world with both Ballet Djoliba and Ballets Africains before relocating to Burlington, VT in 1997. He’s the artistic director of Jeh Kulu and teaches weekly classes in the area. His dance classes in Kittery have been some of the most joy filled we’ve ever seen.

Namory Keita, djembefola from Guinea

Namory Keita

Dance class with sidiki

Sayon Camara

No drum or dance class Thursday, April 21

There won’t be drum or dance class on Thursday, April 21. Many of us will be at a performance in Dover.

Namory and I look forward to teaching drum and dance on April 28th! See you then!!

Mini Guinea Fest in Kittery

On May 21, our friends Ismael Bangoura, Sidiki Sylla, and Seny Daffe from Jeh Kulu Dance and Drum Theater will be teaching class and performing at the Dance Hall!

12:00 to 1:30 pm
Drum class with Ismael Bangoura

1:45 to 3:15 pm
Dundun dance class with Seny Daffe

3:30 to 5:00 pm
Dance class with Sidiki Sylla

No experience necessary for any of the classes.
$15.00 per class in advance or $17.00 at the door

7:00 ~ West African Drum and Dance Performance with Guinean artists, Namory Keita, Ismael Bangoura, Seny Daffe, Sidiki Sylla, Sayon Camara, and more! Portland’s local New Moon Tribe, led by Marita Kennedy-Castro and Seacoast West African Dance & Drum led by Liz Fowler and Namory Keita will open up the show. ($12 advance/$15 at door)

Register for class or buy tickets for the performance.

ismael seny sidiki

Weekly classes for 2016

After a couple of weeks away, drum and dance classes will begin again, Thursday, January 7 at the The Dance Hall, Kittery.

Drum class with Ult Mundane

(Namory Keita is traveling and for the next two months, Ult will be teaching)

Thursdays
5:30-6:30 pm
$10.00 per class

Dance class with Liz Fowler
Thursdays
6:30-8:00 pm
$12.00 per class or eight classes for $80.00
(please use within twelve weeks)

Join us for West African dance class accompanied by some fantastic drummers.

Class begins with a warm-up, a combination of stretching and aerobic movement. This is followed by a high-energy class where you will learn a traditional dance from Guinea, including some of the customs around it. Some weeks we may even sing a little.

~Wear comfortable clothing. Dance is traditionally done in bare-feet, though you’re welcome to wear dance shoes.~

For more information: seacoastdanceanddrum@gmail.com

All levels welcome to both drum and dance classes!!

Be sure to bring water to drink.

During inclement weather, check here or our Facebook page to make certain there is class.

Weekly West African Drum and Dance Classes

Fall 2015 Classes at The Dance Hall, Kittery

Drum class with Namory Keita

Namory is a skilled and patient teacher for all levels and brings a thorough understanding of the whole drum ensemble and West African musical experience to his students.
Thursdays
5:30 to 6:30 pm
$10.00 per class

Dance class with Liz Fowler

Join us for West African dance class accompanied by some fantastic drummers.

Class begins with a warm-up, a combination of stretching and aerobic movement. This is followed by a high-energy class where you will learn a traditional dance from Guinea, including some of the customs around it. Some weeks we may even sing a little.

~Wear comfortable clothing. Dance is traditionally done in bare-feet, though you’re welcome to wear dance shoes.~
Thursdays
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
$12.00 drop in fee per class or $80.00 if you pre-pay for 8 classes (Please use within 12 weeks)
For more information: seacoastdanceanddrum@gmail.com

All levels welcome to both drum and dance classes!!

Be sure to bring water to drink.

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