Seny Daffe Returns to Kittery

Seny Daffe will return to teach a dundun dance class Thursday, May 10 at the Dance Hall.

    Drum class with Namory Keita from 5:30 to 6:30 – $15.00,
    Dundun dance with Seny from 6:45 to 8:15. $18.00 for drop-ins or $15.00 for students with a punch card.

    Be sure to let us know if you need to borrow a drum for either class. Join us at the Dance Hall for another wonderful evening with Seny and Namory!

    Save the date:
    Thursday, May 24 Afro-Brazilian Fusion ABIEIÉ Dance Class with Irineu Nogueira

Special Drum and Dance Classes Spring 2018

Bolokada Conde, djembefola from Guinea, will guest teach drum class Thursday, March 29 at the The Dance Hall.

    Drum class from 5:30 to 6:45 – $20.00.
    Dance class, taught by Liz Fowler will be accompanied by Bolokada from 6:45 to 8:15 – $15.00 for drop-ins or use your punch card.
    Join us for the first of many classes with Bolokada to come!

Seny Daffe will return to teach a dundun dance class Thursday, April 5 at the Dance Hall.

    Drum class with Namory Keita from 5:30 to 6:30 – $15.00,
    Dundun dance with Seny from 6:45 to 8:15. $18.00 for drop-ins or $15.00 for students with a punch card.

Save the date:
Thursday, May 24 Afro-Brazilian Fusion ABIEIÉ Dance Class with Irineu Nogueira

Dundun Dance Class with Seny Daffe

Seny Daffe, drummer and dancer from Burlington, VT, is teaching a special class, Thursday, November 30 at The Dance Hall.

Namory Keita is accompanying the dundun dance class and teaching a traditional drum class beforehand.

Drum class with Namory
5:30 to 6:30 pm

Dundun dance class with Seny
6:45 to 8:15 pm

$15.00 for each class.
You can pay with cash or check. (Correct change is appreciated.)

Please email if you need a drum for either class.

marita and megu

Youssouf Koumbassa returns to New England

World renowned dancer and teacher, Youssouf Koumbassa, is coming back to New England! He will teach a special class on our ongoing Thursday night slot, October 26, along with Namory Keita.

Drum class with Namory Keita
5:30 to 6:30

Dance class with Youssouf Koumbassa
6:45 to 8:15

Pay ahead through Brown Paper Tickets and save!

$15.00 ahead per class or $18.00 each at the door

Youssouf is one of the world’s most sought after teachers of West African dance. He was a principal dancer with Ballet Djoliba, one of Guinea’s national companies, before relocating to the US more than 25 years. He leads workshops and conferences all over the world from Japan to Israel to California – and Maine.

Namory has traveled to many places to share his culture including Germany, Poland, France, Canada, and Portugal. Since moving to New England in 2010, he has continued touring to teach and perform at conferences around the world. 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.

Youssouf and Namory will be teaching in Portland on Tuesday, October 24th and in Camden on Friday, October 27th and then in Northampton, MA on Sunday, October 29.

Youssouf Koumbassa and Namory Keita

Drum and Dance in August

Namory Keita is traveling and will be teaching in California for a few weeks. Drum and Dance classes are still on at the Dance Hall.

Thursday, August 17
Drum class with Ult Mundane
5:30 to 6:30

Dance class with Meaghan Dunn
6:45 to 8:15

Thursday, August 24
Drum class with Ult Mundane
5:30 to 6:30

Dance class with Liz Fowler
6:45 to 8:15

Thursday, August 31
Drum class with John Felice
5:30 to 6:30

Dance class with Liz Fowler
6:45 to 8:15

Namory will be back Thursday, September 7

Join in class any week! Drop-ins are always welcome!

No class on July 13

There won’t be drum or dance classes in Kittery on July 13. Namory Keita will be performing in Portland with the New Moon Ensemble. Tickets are available for the performance at Mayo Street Arts through Brown Paper Tickets

A Celebration of Allen Williams’ Life will be held at the Dance Hall on Saturday, July 29 from 1pm to 6pm.

Allen was a drummer with our drum and dance classes and performances for several years and shared his passion and talents in many groups throughout the Seacoast and more. He died earlier this summer from complications due to a double lung transplant.

The schedule for the day is:
1pm Drum Jam
2pm Opening Ceremony; open mic: sharing memories of Allen.
4:30pm Musical Performances
5:30pm Closing Ceremony
5:45 Drum jam
6:30 Clean up

Please bring:
– Snack food and (non-alcoholic) drinks to share.
– Object for Allen’s Memento Altar (you will leave with your object)

Please join us if you’re able.

Spring 2017

It’s technically still winter, but spring really is around the corner. We hope to drum and dance with you soon!

There are no classes on Thursday, March 9, because Namory and Liz are spending the week with third graders from Kittery’s Mitchell School. We’ll be back at the Dance Hall Thursday, March 16!

Speaking of the Dance Hall… it was one of the chosen organizations for March sales at The Fabulous Find! Each month, the Fabulous Find donates to local non-profits – they’ve just now surpassed $1 million! Please donate your gently used items and shop to the Fabulous Find this month and support the Dance Hall and Seacoast Mental Health!

Get your tickets now for One Billion Rising at the Music Hall on Sunday, April 2! We will be performing along with more than 75 dancers and musicians from the seacoast. The evening will benefit Haven NH as they work “To prevent sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking and to support and empower women, men, youth and families to heal from abuse and rebuild their lives.” Here’s a little taste of what we’ll be performing that evening.

Support Namory’s dream: the Hamana Arts Center

namory-hamana-artsNamory Keita is just back from Guinea where he broke ground on the school he dreams to start, the Hamana Arts Center. He needs your help. Here is his letter requesting support:

My name is Namory Keita, and I am a master drummer from the village of Sangbarala, in the Hamana region of Guinea, West Africa. What I really want to tell you about is my dream, the Hamana Arts Center.

The Hamana Arts Center will be a school where master teachers and students from around the world come together to exchange, teach, perform, and study the traditional arts of the Hamana region. This region has fostered some of the greatest drummers in the world including my uncle, Famadou Konate as well as Nounmody Keita, Nansady Keita, and Solo Keita to name just a few.

For this art form to remain culturally vibrant and intact, its artists must earn a living. They need housing, a place to teach, study and perform and a center to pull this together is essential. We are proud to have broken ground this year! The purchasing of the property, surveying completed, design finished, and the foundation of the structure begun – we are on our way, but need your help for the next steps.

Our initial funding goal is $5000, though the project will require much more financial support than that. I’ll be traveling back and forth to oversee the project which will likely span the next 3-5 years.

The Hamana Arts Center is located on the outskirts of Conakry on a beautiful hillside. The design includes guest rooms for artists and students, a main all, kitchen, dining room and of course a studio floor for drumming and dancing along with a beautiful view of the forest.

Together we can do this! Your generosity is much appreciated. Thank you! ~Namory

Hamana Arts Center Project Go Fund Me page

Winter 2017 Classes

Namory Keita is just back from Guinea and will be teaching drum class at The Dance Hall starting Thursday, February 16. Ult Mundane has done an amazing job of teaching drum class and leading accompaniment for dance class, but it will be great to have Namory here again!

Drum class with Namory Keita
5:30 to 6:30 pm
$15.00 per class

Dance class with Liz Fowler
6:45 pm to 8:15 pm
$15.00 drop in fee per class or $96.00 if you pre-pay for 8 classes Please use within 12 weeks.

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 dance from Guinea, including some of the customs around it.

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

All levels welcome to both drum and dance classes!!

Be sure to bring water to drink.

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