Wednesday, October 11, 2006

[Wadabo_updates] Dance with Marilyn Middleton-Sylla 10/14

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Dear African Dance and Drum Community,

Sister Fatou N'Diaye Presents

Master Dance Class with Marilyn Middleton-Sylla
(Benefit for Fatou N'Diaye)
Saturday, October 14th 4:30pm-6:00pm

Master dancer & choreographer, Marilyn Middleton-Sylla
will be teaching Sister Fatou's dance class, focusing on dances from Guinea, West Africa.
We are fortunate to have master drummer and former member of Les Ballets Africans ,
Sekou Sylla, to drum for the class!
Marilyn has generously decided to donate proceeds from the class to Sister Fatou.
Come out and support Sister Fatou and learn from one of the Matriarchs of the African Dance & Drum community!

$12.00, At the Dance Complex, 536 Mass Ave, Central Sq. Cambridge.
Classes will have live accompaniment by master African drum artists.
All are welcome. For more information please contact 617.909.4489 or visit

Marilyn Middleton-Sylla, Director of Bamidele Dancers & Drummers, has been at Mt. Holyoke College since 1994 and Greenfield Community College since 1993 teaching African dance from a cultural perspective. She is currently teaching African dance at Smith College and Amherst College. Since 1987 she has taught and performed throughout New England and the United States including Jacobs Pillow, the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York and Kripalu Center in Massachusetts.

Marilyn studied Haitian Folkloric dance and taught West African dance in Port Au Prince, Haiti at the Ecole National Des Arts and in Mirebelais, Haiti at the Centre Cultural Alexandre Kenskoff in a collaborative exchange project with the director of Ballet Folklorique Tamboula D'Haiti, Inc., Peniel Guerrier. She also performed at the Theatre Nationale' in Port-au-Prince, Haiti with Ballet Folklorique Tamboula DHaiti, Inc., during March 2003. In addition she has performed and taught in Senegal and Guinea, West Africa and also taught African dance in Brazil at Malé deBalé and at the Universidade Federal da Bahia. She returns to Africa regularly to continue her studies of African dance and music. In 1998 she received an award from the University of Massachusetts for "Outstanding Support to Women of Color." Marilyn is a board member of A Better Chance Program, in Amherst, MA.

Sekou Sylla, Artistic Director of Bamidele Dancers & Drummers, was a principle dancer, acrobat and musician with Les Ballet Africains, the National Dance Company of the Republic of Guinea, West Africa, until he relocated to Massachusetts in 1996. Sekou has taught and performed all over the world including Africa, Australia, Europe, Spain, Korea, Finland, France, England, Mexico and North and South America and recently taught African dance in Brazil at Melé deBalé and at the Universidade Federal da Bahia.

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