beginning rehearsals for its 7th Annual "African Rhythms" benefit show.
Show dates are Saturday April 12th at the Cronin Auditorium in the town
of Harvard, Mass, and Sunday, April 13th, at the Julie Ince Thompson
Theatre at the Dance Complex in Central Square.
We are putting together a new dance and choreography for Di-Da-Di, a
dance from the Wassalou Region of Southern Mali, and are looking for a
few dancers to fill out our lineup. There might also be openings for
Madan and Kote, depending on how many of our regular dancers are planning
to perform with us this year. We rehearse mostly on Sunday nights; our
first rehearsal is Sunday, January 27, from 6:30 - 8 P.M. at the Third
Life Studio in Union Square, Somerville. If you are interested, please
contact project director Judy Lorimer at firstname.lastname@example.org or
We'd prefer intermediate level or above, and some
familiarity with Seydou Coulibaly or Joh Camara's classes would be very
These performances are our biggest fund-raiser. In the last 3 years we
have contributed $10,000 each year toward a joint project with Save the
Children in southern Mali. We have built middle schools in the villages
of Dialakoroba and Massamagana and our third middle school is currently
under construction in Koloni-Filala. If you'd like to be part of this
effort, please consider dancing with us. All the proceeds of the show are
donated to the project. This is a volunteer effort, by the way - we pay
a pittance to the drummers, but no one else gets paid. The project does
pay for the rehearsal time, though we would certainly not turn down a
contribution toward rehearsal and publicity expenses.:-)
Check out our website at www.BuildaSchoolinAfrica.org.
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