Welcoming Summer with a FREE Show

What’s New:

New Moon Ensemble Performs on Congress Square July 15!
* Private movement lessons * Dance discounts for men *
* Possible Thursday dance class time change *

For Weekly Dance & Drum Class Schedule, please click HERE

NME - Congress Sq

Hosted by Friends of Congress Square Park – Friday July 15th, 6-8pm
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New Moon Ensemble is an inter-cultural performance ensemble of West African dance and drumming. We bring community together through rhythm and dance, deepening awareness and understanding across cultures, reconnecting with traditions of communal sharing in life’s seasons and passages.
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Come enjoy an exciting evening of music and dance
lead by dancer/choreographer Marita Kennedy-Castro, with master drummer Namory Keita, from Guinea, West Africa.
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Bring your kids, bring a friend, tell your neighbors…
Free outdoor show in downtown Portland! We hope to see you there! 

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NEW: Private Movement Lessons ~  Have you often thought you’d love to take a dance class, but don’t quite dare? Do you wish to find your freedom of movement but struggle with body image, or feel “stuck” in some way? Individualized classes can help to unblock and access movement and expression, at your own pace.  Marita provides a safe and fun environment in which to explore, and is passionate about helping folks find more ease and confidence in their bodies. Contact Marita HERE to explore the possibilities. 

NEW: Men Dance for Just $5, first Tuesdays or Thursdays ~
Acknowledging that Maine can be a tough place for men to feel at home on the dance floor, I want to give the fellas a little boost – All identifying males dance for just $5 on first Tuesdays or Thursdays of the month. Tell your people! Flood the dance floor! 

Possible Thursday Dance Class Time Change ~ Heads up ~ Starting in the fall, we are looking to switch our dance class day and time to better serve this community. Stay tuned! 

HIGHLIGHTS FROM MAY
Mini Guinea Fest in Kittery was a blast!

~ Here are a few glimpses of the fun we had ~

Amazing Dance Class with Sidiki Sylla ~ 

Love Sayon Camara! All smiles & skills ~

Seny Daffe sets the drums on fire! ~

There were SO many more amazing moments, and many more to come.
Thanks to Elizabeth Fowler and Kittery Dance Hall for hosting! 
 

Save the dates: September 24-25, Youssouf Koumbassa returns to Portland & Kittery! 

See you on the dance floor!

 

Guest Artists Returning to Maine in May

3 Special guest artists from Guinea return to Maine for
MINI GUINEA FEST in Kittery

Join us May 21st at the Kittery Dance Hall for an exciting day of workshops and an evening performance

Jeh Kulu Artists

These fantastic artists from Jeh Kulu Dance & Drum Theatre are great about making West African dance & drum accessible to all people. Join the fun! 

Saturday, May 21

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

1:45 to 3:15 pm
Dundun dance class with Seny Daffe (*videos of dundun dance below)

3:30 to 5:00 pm
Dance class with Sidiki Sylla
(Accompanied by Ismael, Seny, and Namory Keita)

No experience necessary for any of the classes.
$15 per class in advance or $17 at the door

7:00pm
West African Drum & Dance Performance with Guinean artists: Namory KeitaIsmael Lafori BangouraSeny DaffeSidiki SyllaSayon Camara, and other special guests!

Portland’s New Moon Ensemble, led by Marita Kennedy-Castro and Namory Keita and Seacoast West African Dance & Drum, led by Liz Fowler and Namory Keita will open up the show.

Performance tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door.
(Kids 10 and under are free!)

Register for workshops or buy tickets for the performance in advance:
http://m.bpt.me/event/2539581
More info:
https://seacoastwestafricandanceanddrum.com/2016/04/17/mini-guinea-fest-in-kittery/
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/events/487503218122456/

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Thanks to all who came to the Dundun Dance Workshops
with Marita and Namory ~

We had such a great time with all of you!

Here are a few fun moments:

For info on weekly Dance & Drum Classes with Marita & Namory
in Portland, Maine click HERE

Drop in any time! Join us on Tuesdays in May to dance Gumbé, from the Tuba people of Guinea, and on Thursdays to dance Kassa from the Malinke people.

See you on the dance floor! 

Dancing Back to the Earth

What’s New:

Dundun Dance Workshops, modern community rituals, plus special guest artists from Guinea returning in May… Happy Spring! 

DunDun Dance – April Workshops

Dundun Dance is the incredibly fun art of simultaneous drumming and dancing, from the country of Guinea, West Africa.

Hustle.Flow.Dance

Saturdays April 23 and 30
Hustle & Flow Studio, Portland, ME
10am-12pm
$20 per Workshop
Drums and sticks provided

Instructed by Marita Kennedy-Castro
Djembe accompaniment by Namory Keita
**SPACE IS LIMITED**

Pre-register at hustleflowstudio.com
or in a weekly class with Marita

Join event on Facebook: Dundun Dance Workshops, Portland Maine

Many more dundun dance videos to be found online

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Click Here for Weekly Dance & Drum Class Info

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Bring the Ritual of Dance & Drumming to Your Occasion

In our modern communities the celebration of our interconnectedness is often forgotten, yet can be transformative when remembered. West African dances and rhythms honor interrelationship with the rhythms of nature and with one another, celebrating and sharing life’s cycles and seasons.


Marita & Namory, along with New Moon Ensemble are available to provide modern community rituals catered to your occasion, incorporating traditional rhythms and movements danced for centuries in West Africa.

Bring the international ritual of dance and music to your:

BIRTH CELEBRATIONS  *  WEDDING CELEBRATIONS  *  HARVEST PARTIES

BRIDAL SHOWERS  *  BIRTHDAY PARTIES  *  GRADUATIONS

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Performances and lessons available. Please be in contact here, with inquiries.


Guest Artists from Guinea Return to Maine, May 21! 

Sidiki Sylla, Seny Daffe & Ismael Bangoura from Jeh Kulu will return for Mini Guinea Fest 2016 in Kittery ~ Save the date and stay tuned! 

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Dancing Back to the Earth 

In honor of interconnection and in recognition of Earth Day, I encourage folks to walk, bike or carpool to class, give back to this Earth Mama that sustains us and take part in movements for Cultural Survival.
MAY WE ALL THRIVE. 

I made this video in honor of our interconnection. The song is “Fala”, by Tom Diakuté, and the quote is from Anna Halprin. Photographers listed in video notes.

 

See you on the dance floor! 

It’s all About the Love

Tuesdays & Thursdays all year long.

If you’re ready to try West African Inspired Dance, 2016 is your time! 


~ Spreading the Love ~
NEW special offers

  • New Student Discount: $20 for 4 classes in 4 weeks. Try both classes!
  • Introduce a Friend to Class: If they buy a pass, you get a FREE class.
  • 4-pass: $52 (lasts 8 weeks), 8-pass: $96 (lasts 12 weeks)
  • Passes may be used in either class.
  • Additional Details: Dance & Drum Class Page

~ Dancing for Love ~

Yankadi

On Tuesdays in February we will dance Yankadi and Makru, dances for courtship and love from the Susu people of Guinea, West Africa.
Learn some sultry moves to take home and
share with your sweetheart.

celebrate dance

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Thursdays we will dance Djolé, a celebratory dance
from the Timiné people of Sierra Leone, West Africa. Inspire the ones you love with your powerful new moves.

~Giving Back the Love ~

Sending out immense gratitude and love to some of my amazing teachers:
Check out this powerful dream team (click photos to enlarge) ~

(Photos from Camp Fareta, July 2015)

More good things coming !

 Connect with us on Facebook and help us spread the word

See you on the dance floor!
Peace and blessings

 

Thanking the Moon & Stars

Happy New Year! I am still beaming from New Moon Rising on January 2nd. The very first show of the New Moon Ensemble was a fabulous success, thanks to an absolutely wonderful ensemble, and to the amazing community that showed up and packed the venue to the rafters! 

~ Here are a few photos from New Moon Rising at Mayo St. Arts ~
from photographers, Sage Hayes and Tony Castro

I dedicated this performance with a prayer for the expansion of interconnections in community that celebrate diversity, and the creation of beautiful and transformative ways for us all to learn from one another. May there be ever-growing energy, action and change-making that benefit the good of all.

We sold out all the seats, and even the standing room for this show. For all who couldn’t make it in the door, there will be more! Meanwhile, come dance with us Tuesdays and Thursdays, and enjoy the beautiful grooves for yourself. 
For weekly dance and drum class info, click HERE. 

This month in class we are dancing Sinté on Tuesdays and Gumbé on Thursdays.
Visit us on Facebook and Instagram at: Embody The Rhythm 

Here’s to the healing power of music and dance!

New Moon Rising!

Click HERE for Dance & Drum Class Info for 2016

At the dawn of the new year, a new performance ensemble will bud in Portland. We hope you will join the New Moon Ensemble for our kick off celebration on January 2, at Mayo St. Arts. We’re excited to share an evening of rhythm, dance, community, and cultural exchange, and gather donations of clothing to be taken to Guinea, West Africa.

New Moon Ensemble Flier 5

For tickets, click here: Brown Paper Tickets
Let us know you’re coming here:
Facebook Event Link 


New Moon Ensemble rehearsal sneak peeks:

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Working out some moves…

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Wait til you hear these rhythms!

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…you might just want to bust some moves too

Post rehearsal goofiness... Namory and Marita try to pose for a photo

Post rehearsal goofiness… Marita and Namory try to pose for a photo

Click HERE for our schedule of weekly classes 

We are dancing Kassa on Tuesday nights and Sofa on Thursdays in December!

(No classes on Dec 24, 29 or 31)

The Winds of Change are Blowing…

Fresh winds are blowing, the colors outside are changing, and things are evolving and shifting too at Embody the Rhythm…

Click HERE for our schedule of weekly classes 

Here’s a moment from our Thursday night class, last month ~

After long last, the formation of an official West African-Inspired Performance Ensemble is under way in Portland.
This exciting project is “under construction” as I build the ever-evolving, pop-up performances by Blue Moon Tribe into an official ensemble offering. Keep your eyes out for a kick off party for the newly-formed Blue Moon Tribe (same name, new form) in the coming months! 

A small portion of the larger ensemble performed this past weekend, at the Biddeford Ball. I’m awaiting more photos, but in the meantime, here’s one of just a few of us, posted on Faces Maine ~

Dancers & Drummer from the Blue Moon Tribe

Gina, Marita, Alysia & Sandra ~ Blue Moon Tribe performers at the Biddeford Ball. Photo by Hannah Holmbom

Sandra & Adrian, Blue Moon Tribe Drummers at Biddeford Ball.

Sandra & Adrian, Blue Moon Tribe Drummers at Biddeford Ball.

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Early in September, Annegret Baier (another of our fabulous drummers) and I teamed up again for a presentation in a few Southern Maine schools. Here are a few highlights from that collaboration ~

An upcoming change to note for Tuesday Class:

On October 27th, there will be no Tuesday night beginner dance class. Drum classes will continue, with Namory Keita as usual, at the Woodford’s Club at 7:15pm.

On Tuesday November 3rd, beginner dance class will be held at Evo Rock & Fitness, at 65 Warren Ave in Portland. Class will begin at 5:30pm. 

See you all on the dance floor!

Peace

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