The birds are singing pretty & town is buzzing with excitement…

Writing today while overlooking the ocean in one of my favorite cafés, drinking black tea and thinking about how beautiful this dance of life is; how blessed I am to live in this amazing community. Feeling deeply grateful for all of you today, for the singing birds, the return of flowers, warm sun on my skin, and the 1st of May!  Happy Beltane everyone! Another reason to dance!

Blue Moon Tribe performing at Ebune 2010

Blue Moon Tribe performing at Ebune 2010

I am so excited to share in our community celebration of spring this Sunday May 5th amongst a gaggle of colorful community members celebrating the wild creatures we all are. I hope you’ll join in the fun of this free event, open to all!  Ebune ~ All Peoples, All Creatures Parade and Spring Celebration!  www.Ebune2013.com

A number of wonderful drummers and dancers from our weekly dance class will be there sharing some fun grooves for all who wish to participate and a 14 piece+ Blue Moon Tribe will be performing a healing dance from Guinea, called Lamban (also Lamba), where the parade culminates on the Eastern Prom.

To help promote this event, a group of us will be performing some fire dancing, puppet/mask masquerading and general entertainment this 1st Friday during the Art Walk. Please join us in Congress Square (by the Eastland Hotel). We’ll be there from 6-8pm ish, alongside some incredibly creative local artists selling their wares.

fire balance

poi

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For the month of May I am excited to bring to you the dance, Kassa. Kassa means “to plant” in the Malinké language. This rhythm and dance of the Malinké is to bring energy to those who are planting in the fields and helping conserve the seeds for future regeneration.

It has been way too long since we have danced Kassa together,  and this is the perfect time of year to be sending energy out to all our incredible local Maine farmers!

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No need to stop there! There is yet another way to celebrate this weekend:

Join in fabulous music and movement classes with Namory Keita and Abdoulaye Sylla at the Dance Hall in Kittery, Maine.  They are incredibly gifted artists and both kind and generous teachers!

Join our Southern Maine community in these West African drum and dance workshops with master teachers at the Dance Hall!

Sunday, May 5th

Drum class with Namory Keita

12:30 to 2:00 pm

Dundun dance class with Abdoulaye Sylla

2:15 to 3:45 pm

Dance class with Abdoulaye Sylla

4:00-5:30pm

$15.00 per class or $40 for all three.

Pay at the door — cash, check, or Visa/Mastercard.

For those of you ready to do some shopping, there will be a little African market, too — CDs, DVDs, clothes, and more!

For more information:

Seacoast West African Dance and Drum

Liz Fowler-Camara   603-969-5264

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