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Guest teacher: West African Dance: Fana Bangoura

DANCE CLASS Monday, June 17th, 2013 
6:30 PM to 8:00 P.M.
Drake Park (across from the stage) 777 NW Riverside Blvd.
Foul Weather site: 
Cascade All Stars Gymnastics 1045 SE Paiute Way
Cost: Dance class: $15


A long-time member of Les Ballets Africains, the national ballet of Guinea, instructor Fana Bangoura will introduce students in this course to the dynamic drumming and dancing traditions of Guinea, West Africa. Drawing upon a wide repertory of music from various regions of Guinea, including the rhythms of the Susu, Malinke, and Baga language groups.
For drumming: Fana will introduce students to rhythms and technique for the various instruments in the ensemble, including dunun, sangban, and kenkeni, as well as solo and accompaniment parts for the djembe. Fana will also discuss the origins and cultural significance of each rhythm, and the songs that accompany them. 
For dance: Fana will introduce students to the dynamic dance traditions of Guinea, West Africa. Accompanied by live music, students will learn the footwork and movements for rhythms from Guinea, and acquire familiarity with the physical stance common to many styles of West African dance. As well as learning to execute movements together with the rhythmic foundation provided by our drummers, students will also become familiar with the origins and cultural significance of each dance.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    The dancers looked like they were having fun and the instructor gave simple dance instruction that looked like anyone could learn it. I enjoyed watching this beautiful dance and the drums were wonderful. The dancers all had similar dress, so I assumed that it was a presentation.

    June 18, 2013

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