Youssouf Koumbassa returns to New England

In just over a month, Youssouf Koumbassa, world renowned dancer and teacher, will return to lead workshops in Kittery and Portland, ME as well as Cambridge, MA! Namory Keita will lead the drumming accompaniment for classes in all three locations and will teach a drum class in Kittery.

Friday, May 15
The Dance Complex
536 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA

6:00 to 7:30 pm

Saturday, May 16
Woodford’s Club
Portland, ME
Youssouf will be teaching as part of the Mini Guinea Fest, a celebration Namory Keita’s relocation to Portland and 10 years of West African dance in their community. Share the joy and come to the Mini Guinea Fest!

4:00 to 5:30 pm
$15.00 in advance or $18.00 at the door

Sunday, May 17
The Dance Hall
7 Walker Street
Kittery, ME

Drum class with Namory Keita
noon to 1:30 pm
$15.00 in advance or $18.00 at the door

Dance class with Youssouf Koumbassa
1:45 to 3:15 pm
$15.00 in advance or $18.00 at the door

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 the lead drummer (djembefola) in his village of Sangbarala, Guinea before moving to the United States in 2010. He has taught workshops all over the world and has recently settled in to Portland, ME, maintaining his teaching schedule in Kittery and Cambridge, MA, as well as in Portland. Namory is a talented and patient teacher. You can expect to sharpen your skills and smile a lot – along with Namory – when you take a class with him.

Youssouf Koumbassa demonstrates a move

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