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.

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