WEST AFRICAN DANCE

Summer Series

West African Dance Summer Series (Seydou + Moussa)

virtual + live options

LIVE CLASS REGISTRATION:

PROVIDENCE - MUST REGISTER HERE

$50 per family/pod for 5 class series

youth scholarships available at thehausofglitter [at] gmail.com
The Haus of Glitter Performance Lab: 97 Admiral St. ProvTuesdays 6-7:30pm

BOSTON - MUST REGISTER HERE

$20 per class

Christian Herter Park (Past Parking Lot 3)Thursdays 6-7:30pm

VIRTUAL SERIES REGISTRATION

Sliding Scale $25 - $150 for all 5 virtual classes

TO GET ACCESS TO OUR VIRTUAL SERIES, REGISTER HERE


EXPLORE, SUPPORT, PRESERVE, & CELEBRATE Traditional West-African Dance from the Mande culture in Mali, West Africa. Class will be led by Master Teacher, Seydou Coulibaly and accompanied by live Djembe and Djun Djun players. This class is friendly to all levels of experiences and ages!

  • What can we learn about decolonization from the human body

  • How can we listen to & celebrate BIPOC elders in our community

  • How can we preserve essential traditions that have been marginalized by systemic racism?

COVID-19 precautions for the health & safety of our community:

  • We expect participants to practice physical distancing of 6-14 ft since masks may not be possible for everyone during physical activity.

  • Please bring reusable water bottle & a towel.

  • Please use personal hand sanitizer or hand sanitizer available on-site.

  • Please use the restroom before arrival as public restrooms are not available in the park.

SEYDOU COULIBALY (Bamako, Mali - Providence, RI) is one of West Africa's leading dancers, teachers, and choreographers. He was named Mali’s #1 dancer in the final Biennale Arts Competition with his company Troupe Commune Quatre, before the coup d’état in 1990. He then founded and was artistic director of Mali’s nationally respected and award-winning Troupe Komée Diosée, which toured throughout Mali. Seydou now also works extensively in the US, where he teaches Mande dance, music and culture at Wheaton College, Brown University, the Dance Complex in Cambridge, MA and frequently visits schools throughout New England. Seydou also runs The Yeredon Center for the Malian Arts, a cross-cultural school and artist residency in Bamako, which aims to bring a greater knowledge of Malian culture to the global community while preserving the work of Mali’s most talented artists. His film credits include Steven Spielberg’s Amistad, Mali Djembekan, Street Party in Lafiabougou, and numerous educational films on Malian music, dance and culture. Seydou’s djun-djun playing can also be heard on Mohamed Kalifa Kamara’s Africa Kanben.

MOUSSA TRAORE was born and raised in Mali, West Africa. He has been playing the djembe for over forty years- in 1984, after completing a twelve-year apprenticeship, he was deemed a "master" by his teacher, Sega Cisse. Moussa has achieved great recognition throughout Mali as an accomplished musician in theater, traditional ceremonies, as well as the Malian pop scene. Among musicians in Bamako, Moussa is considered to be one of the top djembe players in the country. Since moving to the U.S., Moussa has continued to distinguish himself as a highly respected teacher and performer. He has given drum workshops in cities throughout the U.S. and China. Currently, he is teaching at schools, offering weekly community classes, leading drum ensembles for West African dance classes, and performing for special events and workshops.​