This Friday kicks off the RainierAvenueRadio's Cultural Dance Series at Pritchard Beach!
Learn the HISTORY, Learn the DANCE
#Free #AllAges Two each week, Fridays 5:30-7:30pm
Dounia Djembe with Manimou Camara
"Manimou’s African dance classes focus on the traditional dances, music, and culture of Guinea, West Africa. Manimou breaks down the steps of authentic dances from Guinea and then he puts it all together and we heat up the dance floor!
Manimou Camara's strength as a dynamic performing artist and teacher lies in his strong roots with some of Guinea, West Africa's most beloved performing groups; Ballet Merveille and Ballet Saamato. His primary percussion education was spent with Sekou Dico Sylla, Karamoko Daman (Karamo Dama, sangban recording artist for Mamady Keita), nationally recognized Ballet Saamato, and as lead Dundun player for Kemoko Sano's world reknowned Ballet Merveilles. In Seattle he works with Spectrum Dance Theater as an Artist in Residence at Seattle public schools, as lead Djembe player for traditional music group Message from Guinea, and he teaches workshops at schools and universities throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. He also teaches weekly drum and dance classes throughout the city and even on the Eastside. Manimou lives to share his passion for dance, rhythms and life.
Dounia Djembe was founded shortly after Manimou and his daughter Rosaline arrived in the United States in 2007. Manimou performed with several local artists before launching his own performance group and classes in 2008. Manimou wanted to create a company that would share the vibrancy of his native culture while inviting people of all ethnicities and walks of life to celebrate in joy.
"I love it when we make music and dance together, this is how we show we are happy. If we have changed just one person's day into a happy day, then we have accomplished everything!"" - Manimou Camara, Founder of Dounia Djembe
Since 2008 Manimou has made a significant contribution to the African arts community in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, California and Canada. He frequently visits communities to inspire, give knowledge and perform. He works extensively to help community leaders stay true to the heart of the traditional knowledge and understanding of the music and dance.
Manimou is also dedicated to growing and connecting the community he has here in North America with his home community in Guinee-Conakry. He honors the knowledge passed to him by his family and by his ballet troupe, Ballet Saamato."
Tango is about the Connection with Gabriela Condrea
"Tango is About the Connection by Gabriela Condrea
Gabriela's connection-centered approach to Argentine Tango encourages teamwork to build the dance together. She hosts a weekly Tango Happy Hour event, offers classes and workshops, and is the creator of the dance-based TangoStride walking program for people with limited mobility.
Gabriela Condrea specializes in developing connection technique in Argentine Tango and is the author of the book WHEN 1+1=1 – on tango and interpersonal relationships. Since releasing her book in 2011, she has presented her work on connection in 85 cities, in 12 countries, across 3 continents. With over 20 years of experience teaching -- as well as 2 years of extensive studies in Buenos Aires and teaching tango since 2010 -- Gabriela has a keen ability to convey technical elements and the essence of what it takes to effectively dance two as one. Her approach to teaching tango is unique: she builds the dance through a collaborative process – well-suited for people with two left feet, no rhythm, limited mobility (TangoStride), even those who ""flunked out"" of dance classes in their formative years, as well as people with experience in other dances and movement disciplines. Gabriela enjoys working with students of all levels and abilities, finding that the wide range fine-tunes her perception of even the most subtle details that make a big impact in her students' dancing, from novice to seasoned tanguero."
Come down to Pritchard Beach... go to Othello, head towards the water, and there we will be!
8400 55th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118
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