West African dance classes
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Namory Keita
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WINDHAM COUNTY- This year dancers will have a special opportunity to study with the inspirational Senegalese dancer-choreographer Caro Diallo on an ongoing basis. Diallo, lead dancer of the dance troupe Black Soofa,”has performed and taught throughout West Africa, the United States, and Europe. He will teach West African dance classes at the (air-conditioned) Stone Church, 210 Main Street in Brattleboro, on Wednesdays at 7 pm, July 31 to August 7, 14, 21, 28, and September 4, and Fridays at 7 pm, August 2, 9, 16, 30 and September 6, at the Putney Community Center in Putney. Diallo’s superb skills as teacher, dancer, and choreographer continue to energize his students.

Drummer Namory Keita, of Guinea, will continue to hold his regular 6 pm Wednesday night drum classes at Center Congregational Church, 193 Main Street, throughout the summer. Keita is an accomplished musician who has performed and taught worldwide and played on several recordings. He is skilled at meeting the learning needs of students with various levels of experience. All are welcome, and djembe drums will be provided for those students who need them.

Fans can also enjoy the artistry and instruction of Diallo and Keita as they perform and teach classes as part of the ninth annual Abene African Dance and Drum Festival, August 23 through 25, sponsored by African Dance Vermont and the Arts Council of Windham County. For the seventh time, Diallo will lead the festival, which was named after his village in southern Senegal: “Abene” means “place where good is encountered.”

For a full schedule and fees, as well as other workshops that Diallo will be giving throughout New England and vicinity, see www.africandancevt.com.

For more information email africandancevt@gmail.com or call (802) 258-6475.
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