Thursday, January 31, 2008

[Wadabo_updates] Sabar Sundays while Pape is away...

Dear African Dance & Music Community,

As many of you already know Pape N'Diaye is traveling for the next two months.
Fortunately we will not be deprived of Sabar on Sundays!

Master dancer & choreographer, Demba Sene,
will teach Pape's
Sunday Sabar class
February 17th - March 23rd

1:30-3:00pm at the Dance Complex
$12/student with LIVE drumming
536 Mass Ave, Central Sq, Cambridge


Demba Djiby Ndalor Sene  -


Demba Sene began studying Djembe dance in his home country of Senegal, West Africa at the age of eight. By 16 he was dancing with Goree Mon Historie, a professional company in Dakar, Senegal.  He appeared as an actor and dancer in "Goree" a winning film on West African Dance at the Cannes Film Festival.  He also won first prize for three consecutive years in the Oscar de Vacances, the largest dance competition in Senegal.    He was a member of Foret Sacre, the training ground for the National Ballet for two years before becoming a lead dancer with Le Ballet National du Senegal.  He spent three years in Le Ballet National du Senegal touring Japan, Korea, France, Cape Verde, Germany, and the United States.  Since coming to the United States Demba has taught and choreographed for a variety of West African Dance companies, Educational institutions, and multi-disciplinary performance groups.  He has worked with developmentally disabled adults through Very Special Arts Vermont where he had 14 students perform for the opening ceremonies of the Special Olympics.  He choreographed and performed an original dance piece that fused traditional Sabar dance with 1920s style jazz for The Spielpalast Cabaret, a touring production which played across the state Vermont and The Burlesque Festival in Brooklyn, NY.  He has collaborated with members of  Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zanes Dance company as a dancer and choreographer in a pilot project under the direction of Bill T. Jones in New York City.  Demba has also taught workshops for various professional performing groups including Jeh Kulu Dance and Drum Theater in Vermont, Djoniba Studios and Maimouna Kieta School of African Dance in NYC, Goree Studios in Baltimore MD, Ron Brown Evidence Company in NYC, and  Le Cirque du Soleil "O" Production in Las Vegas.   For the past four years Demba Sene has been working with Jeh Kulu Dance and Drum Theater providing artistic direction and choreography and has also appeared as a lead dancer with the Maimouna Kieta School of Dance annual conference performance at the Symphony Space in New York City.

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