Fall events

Performance, free class, and workshops all coming up soon!

West Africa Day Fundraiser

On September 21, Namory and I as well as several members of our weekly drum and dance classes will be participating in Rain for the Sahel and Sahara’s West Africa Day at Red Hook Brewery in Portsmouth. We will be performing several rhythms and their accompanying dances which we’ve been working learning for weeks. We will also be teaching at least one dance. Three other groups will be performing as well: Randy Armstrong World Fusion Ensemble, Akwaaba Ensemble, and Federator No 1. We’re thrilled to be part of the day and hope you come and join in the dancing with us! Admission is just $18 for adults and $8 for children for five hours of music and dance!

Free Classes

On Thursday, September 25 drum class with Namory and dance class with me will be FREE!

Have you been thinking of trying a drum or dance class, but haven’t yet made it? Have you been to class, but not for months? Do you come to class every week that you can? No matter how you answered those questions, we hope you join us on September 25! And class is free!

Drum class with Namory 5:30 to 6:30 pm
Dance class with Liz 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Contact me,
Liz Fowler
or Namory Keita for questions. See you at the Dance Hall in Kittery!

Guest Workshops

Some of our favorite teache will be back to teach on Sunday, October 5th! Ismael Bangoura and Sidiki Sylla will be teaching at The Dance Hall and we’re thrilled to welcome them back! And they’ll be teaching the first workshops in a new monthly Global Rhythms series at the Dance Hall! (More about the series and these workshops coming soon!)

Drum class with Ismael
Noon to 1:30 pm

Dance class with Sidiki
1:30 to 3:00

Drum and dance with us on Thursday evenings

For two and a half hours every Thursday, The Dance Hall in Kittery is filled with the amazing sounds of West African drumming, led by Namory Keita. Namory teaches a rhythm from Guinea during his one hour drum class. You’ll learn various parts of the rhythm on both djembe and dundun. Namory’s joy is infectious, so you’ll be sure to smile and a laugh a lot, too!

Following that, Namory and many members of the drum class, accompany a West African dance class taught by Liz Fowler. Class begins with a warm-up, followed by some across the floor movement, and ends with a traditional dance from Guinea. As one regular at the class says “It’s the best exercise in town!”

Both the drum and dance class are open to students of all levels. We hope you join us!

Drum class with Namory Keita
5:30 to 6:30
$10.00

Dance class with Liz Fowler
6:30 to 8:00
$12.00 or $80.00 for eight classes (to be used within 12 weeks)

Showcase performance at the Dance Hall

Namory leads the drummers at the Kittery Block Party

Classes cancelled February 13

Due to the expected storm, drum and dance classes will be cancelled Thursday, February 13. I look forward to drumming and dancing with you all on February 20!

Free dance class January 30

Happy New Year! After a few weeks off due to holidays and some winter weather, we’re back at the Dance Hall every Thursday for drum and dance classes. Yay! Note: if the weather is bad, be sure to check our Facebook page to find out if classes are still on.

Exciting news: On Thursday, January 30 we will be offering a free dance class. This is a great time to give it a try if you’ve been curious, but haven’t made it to class yet. But whether it’s your first class or hundred and first class — dance class is free on January 30th!

Ult Mundane is teaching drum class every Thursday and leading the rhythms for dance class while Namory Keita is traveling in Guinea. Dance class is accompanied by some amazing percussionists from throughout the area, including Ult, Eben Hearn, Steve Martin, Dale Vigent, and others.

Join us on the 30th for what is sure to be a high energy class! Following the warm-up we will learn many of the basic steps of a celebration dance from the Malinke people of Guinea called Kuku. If you have any questions about the free class or our ongoing classes, be sure to get in touch. Contact us: seacoastdanceanddrum@gmail.com or (603) 969-5264

Drum class with Ult Mundane
5:30 to 6:30
$10 per class

Dance class with Liz Fowler
6:30 to 8:00
$12 per class or $80 for eight pre-paid classes
Free, free, free on January 30th!

liz dancing in cambridge

Drummers and Dancers

Many of the drummers and dancers from our weekly classes performed recently on a Portsmouth Public Media television production – Holiday Live! We had a great time and are trying to sort out when our next performance will be. Check back here or on our Facebook page for our latest news. _DSC0017

Youssouf Koumbassa New England Tour

Exciting news!

Master dancer Youssouf Koumbassa will have a four day tour in New England!

Wednesday, October 30
Brattleboro African Dance
Brattleboro Stone Church
Brattleboro, VT
7:00 to 8:30 pm

Thursday, October 31
Portland Maine West African Inspired Dance
Maine Ballroom Dance Studio
Portland, ME
7:30 to 9:00 pm

Friday, November 1
Seacoast West African Dance and Drum
The Dance Hall
Kittery, ME
7:00 to 8:30 pm

Saturday, November
Seacoast West African Dance and Drum
The Dance Complex
Cambridge, MA
12:00 to 1:30 pm

sliding scale for all classes $15-20

Before moving to the United States more than 25 years ago, Youssouf was a principal dancer with Ballet Djoliba, one of Guinea’s premier dance and drum companies. He’s been described by students as “grace personified” and “the national treasure of Guinea”.

Currently, Youssouf is one of the most sought after teachers of West African Dance in all the world. He teaches workshops and conferences from Japan to Mexico to Israel to California to New England!

Join us for these fantastic opportunities to study with the Master!

Youssouf and Namory

Celebrate Guinean Dance and Drum

Saturday, October 5 workshops and performance at the Dance Hall

Learn new drum and dance techniques during the day and then stay for a fabulous performance featuring master artists Ismael Bangoura, Sidiki Sylla, Mangue Sylla, Namory Keita, as well as other special guests including members of Portland’s Blue Moon Tribe and The Dance Hall’s own West African Dance and Drum classes!

Drum class with Ismael Bangoura
12:00 to 1:30pm

Dance class with Sidiki Sylla
1:45 to 3:15pm

Dundun dance class with Mangue Sylla
3:30 to 5:00pm

Performance at 7:30pm

Pre-pay for workshops or performance tickets through Brown Paper Tickets

About the artists
Ismael Bangoura hails from Conakry, Guinea and began studying music at the age of nine, primarily playing djembe and krin. He first studied with Master Musician Mohamed Camara and then with Ibrahima “Boca” Camara. He is the musical director Jeh Kulu Dance and Drum Theater in Burlington, VT.

Ismael Bangoura, drummer for Jeh Kulu

Ismael Bangoura

Sidiki “Boze” Sylla also comes from Conakry, Guinea where he was in one of Guinea’s national dance and drum troupes, Ballet Djoliba. He toured the world with the Ballet and relocated to the US more than 15 years ago. He has been the master dancer, principal choreographer, and artistic director for Jeh Kulu since 1997.

Sidiki Sylla, dancer with Jeh Kulu

Sidiki Sylla

Mangue Sylla started studying music in Conakry, Guinea when he was just seven years old. He performed with Les Merveilles de Guinee under Kemoko Sano, touring the world and eventually settling in NYC. In addition to regularly accompanying dance classes in New York, he is a much sought-after musician at workshops, camps, and festivals all over the world.

Mangue Sylla, drummer from Guinea

Mangue Sylla

Namory Keita was the lead drummer for his village of Sangbarala, Guinea before relocating the United States. He is an incredibly talented drummer and generous teacher and has taught all over the world. He has a real talent for teaching across cultures and skill levels. He teaches weekly drum classes in Brattleboro, VT and Kittery, ME.

Namory Keita, drummer from Sangbarala, Guinea

Namory Keita

Don’t miss these amazing artists at The Dance Hall, Kittery, Maine

Contact us for more information:
thedancehallkittery@gmail.com
(207)703-2083
or
seacoastdanceanddrum@gmail.com
(603)969-5264