Thursday, February 28, 2008

[Wadabo_updates] Abdoulaye Sylla teaches THIS Sat 3/1

Dear African Dance & Music Community,

This weekend there will be THREE fantastic guest artist classes:
1 - Guinea dance with Sekou Sylla, Every Friday 7:30 YWCA
2 - GUINEA DANCE WITH ABDOULAYE SYLLA, Saturday 3/1 4:30 Dance Complex
2 - Sabar dance with Demba Sene, Every Sunday 1:30 Dance Complex
1- Sekou Sylla, former member of Les Ballets Africains,
is teaching the dance arts of Guinea, West Africa
for Pape N'Diaye's Friday Djembe dance class
17 February - March 23
Every Friday evening, 7:30-9:00pm

$12, with LIVE music by master drummers
at the Cambridge YWCA,
7 Temple Street, Central Sq Cambridge
For schedule updates on this class visit

Sekou Sylla 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. Sekou currently teaches at Mount Holyoke College and Greenfield Community College. For more information about Sekou and his work please visit

2- Abdoulaye Sylla, former member of Les Ballets Africains,
will teach Djembe dance for Fatou N'Diaye's class
4:30-6:00pm  - Don't miss out!

$14, with LIVE music by master drummers
Fatou's Class is held every Saturday at The Dance Complex
Often featuring guest artists from New England, New York & beyond...
536 Massachusetts Ave, Central Sq. Cambridge

Abdoulaye Sylla
, master dancer and drummer from Guinea, West Africa, began dancing professionally while still a youngster, winning numerous regional and national dance competitions in his country. Abdoulaye was a principal dancer and percussionist with Les Ballets Africains, the national dance troupe of the Republic of Guinea, from 1989 to 1994 and a principal dancer, percussionist, and the director of technique for Les Merveilles D'Afrique, a private folkloric troupe which trains dancers for the national company, from 1986 through 1994. He has performed on many of the great stages of the world and has toured and taught traditional dance throughout Africa, Europe, and the United States. In 1994 Abdoulaye relocated to the United States. He is presently Artistic Director of Fotoba (formerly One World) a multi-cultural dance troupe based in Connecticut. He is an adjunct professor at Trinity College and he is on the staff of the Artists' Collective. He has worked extensively with other Afrocentric folkloric groups, such as Sankofa Kuumba, Ballet Bagata, and the Bamidele Dancers and Drummers. He is a Master Teaching Artist with the Connecticut Commission on the Arts; he is also one of their Hot Schools instructors and a member of their Urban Artists Initiative.

3- Demba Sene, former member of Le Ballet National du Senegal,
will teach Sabar dance on Sundays (Pape N'Diaye's class)
February 17th - March 23rd
Every Sunday, 1:30-3:00pm

$12 per class, with LIVE music by master drummers
Class is held at The Dance Complex
536 Massachusetts Ave, Central Sq. Cambridge
For schedule updates on this class visit

Demba Djiby Ndalor 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 spent three years as a lead dance for Le Ballet National du Senegal, touring internationally. Since coming to the United States Demba has taught, choreographed or performed with: Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zanes Dance company (New York City), The Spielpalast Cabaret (Vermont and The Burlesque Festival in Brooklyn, NY), & Jeh Kulu Dance and Drum Theater (Vermont). Demba has also taught workshops for various professional performing groups including Le Cirque du Soleil "O" Production in Las Vegas, Ron Brown Evidence Company in NYC, Djoniba Studios and Maimouna Kieta School of African Dance in NYC, Jeh Kulu Dance and Drum Theater in Vermont,  & Goree Studios in Baltimore MD.

See you dancing,

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