Sundays at 1pm
Come get warm!
Move your body to the rhythms of West African Dance!
Dancing w/ Rachel Eliza Hope and drummers of West African rhythm!
Sundays at 1pm (7 week series)
(Tony Williams Dance Studio @ The Brewery Jamaica Plain)
As an ongoing student of West African dance, Rachel Eliza Hope has been dancing this art form for 18 years. During that time she has performed and choreographed for concerts and has taught classes. She initially began her training in the Pacific northwest with local instructors and continued with teachers in Florida and upstate New York. Then in 1996 she began in Boston with notables as Fatou Ndaiye, Seydou Coulibaly, Mohammed Kalifa Camara, Aicha Sagna, Sidi Mohammed Camara and recently Pape Ndaiye, among many other local and visiting teaching artists. She also trained nationally, participating in many dance conferences with Yousouff Koumbassa and Djeniba Sacko among dozens of others. She has performed with dance groups including Silimbo Dance Company, Agua de Coco, and African Rhythms: Build a School in Africa Series. In 2006 she choreographed and danced for the Umass African Ensemble and in 2008 she produced, choreographed and performed in Soulthentic Union, her dance group featuring a fusion of West African and contemporary dance. She has been an African dance instructor in the Boston area and Cape Cod and assisted teaching classes with Fatou Carol Sylla at the University of Massachusetts. Also in 2008 Rachel visited Mali, West Africa where she studied traditional West African dances, spending time among master dance artists. Rachel is excited to share her knowledge of this very exciting art form!
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