August Classes, Workshops, and Performances

Namory is traveling much of this month, teaching and performing in Seattle, California, and British Columbia. Though we always miss him while he’s gone, what a gift that we continue with classes.

On August 1, we cut dance class a little short and made the trek from Kittery to Portsmouth. We watched some wonderful salsa and then shared a couple of Guinean rhythms and dances with Salsa Secrets Salsa in the Park. It was wonderful to bring two of the seacoast’s dance communities together during a summer evening.

group of people standing together with a djembe
Drummers and Dancers from Thursday night classes at the Dance Hall at Salsa Secrets: Salsa in the Park

Thursday, August 15 at the Dance Hall
Drum class with Michael Pluznick. Michael has been teaching percussion for 40 years and we’re lucky to have him teach while he’s visiting Maine
5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
$15.00
Dance class with Liz Fowler starts with a warm-up and stretching and is followed by a high energy dance from Guinea. You’ll learn some of the context for when the dance is done.
Wear clothes you’re comfortable moving in. Dance is usually done in bare feet but you’re welcome to wear clean soft soled shoes
6:45 to 8:15 p.m.
$15.00 for drop-ins or $96.00 for eight pre-paid classes

Drum and Dance with Namory and Seny
Thursday, August 22
The Dance Hall
Kittery, ME
Drum with Namory
5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
$15.00
Dundun dance with Seny Daffe
6:45 to 8:15 p.m.
$18.00 for drop-ins or $15 for folks with punch cards (pay just $3 extra)
Join us for an incredible evening as Guinean artists Namory Keita and Seny Daffe team up once again to share their gifts of drum, dance, and song.
Here’s a glimpse of dundun dance class with Seny and Namory from April.

Dance class with Seny Daffe
Friday, August 23
Portland New Church
302 Stevens Avenue
Portland, ME
Accompaniment led by Namory Keita
6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
$16 to $20 sliding scale
Cash at door please

Performance:New Moon Ensemble ~ Guinea Style West African Dance & Drumming
Saturday, August 24
Congress Square Park
Portland, ME
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
FREE
Performance and dance lesson with Marita Kennedy-Castro, Namory Keita, members of Portland’s New Moon Ensemble, and several special guests
More information at Embody the Rhythm.

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