Beat the Winter Blues, Giving & Receiving

Sadly, class is cancelled this evening, 12/12/17, due to freezing rain.
Stay safe and see you next week for Dance & (pre) Solstice party!!

Click Here for Weekly Dance & Drum Class Details

Do you have plans in place to stay warm and inspired, active and connected this winter?
One of my favorite ways to beat the blues is gathering with community for energetic movement and inspiring live music ~ There’s a lot of love here!

West African Dance & Drum is alive and thriving here in Maine, thanks to an incredible, ever-growing community. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post for some big updates, relevant this month. 

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Post Dundun Dance Class with Seny Daffe in Kittery, ME. November 30, 2017

We had a fantastic turnout for our special day of classes with Youssouf Koumbassa and Namory Keita in Portland last month, and a great class with Seny Daffe in Kittery last week.

Click here for Video from Seny Daffe’s dundun dance class, 11.30.17

 

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Dance Class with Youssouf Koumbassa in Portland, ME. October 24, 2017

~ GIVING & RECEIVING ~

In the tradition of West African drum and dance, there is a constant exchange.
Energy is generated and given out by each dancer and drummer, and received in turn by each dancer and drummer, as well as the rest of the community.

IN THE SPIRIT OF GIVING AND RECEIVING WE SHARE THIS NEWS AND INVITE YOUR PARTICIPATION:

  • Embody the Rhythm founder, (yours truly) Marita Kennedy-Castro is returning to Guinea, West Africa December 31 for a dance intensive cultural immersion with Youssouf Koumbassa.

  • Please support First Aid supplies for Guinean Families
    I will return with photos and stories from those whom you’ve helped, and I’ll be on fire with new dances to share.
    Please donate before December 27th for First Aid supplies.

  • Support your dance teacher’s  immersion studies at Bagatai Dance & Drum Camp
  • Support Namory Keita’s Dream Project – Hamana Arts Center
    Please donate before Dec 5th for Hamana Arts.

  • NEW Winter Dance Class Sessions for Children & Families
    Beginning February 10th – 2 Age Groups – Details & Registration, here
  • NEW Gift Certificates for New Students –  $20 for 4 weeks of Tuesday night adult class. Give the gift of dance ~  Contact Marita by Dec 27 to order Gift Certificates
  • YOU’RE INVITED – Tuesday December 19th, will be our last class of 2017. Join Embody the Rhythm for a community potluck gathering right after dance class at the New Church. Bring your dinner, or something to share. Funds and First Aid items can be donated that evening as well.
  • Dance Classes Resume January 2 and Continue on Through the New Year
    Ashley Edmondson and Anne Esguerra, from New Moon Ensemble, will be subbing for Marita while she’s in Guinea.
    Our solid drummers will keep it hopping, so there’s no need to lose your groove.

Join the ever-growing community here at Embody the Rhythm!
All are welcome.

Our lively dance classes bring community together through the healing power of movement and music, and the gift of cultural exchange. Classes are designed for beginner students together with intermediate students. No experience necessary.

Click HERE for weekly adult dance class info

Namory, Liz, Youssouf & Marita (left to right) celebrating West African Dance & Drumming, alive, thriving and expanding in Maine.

 

 

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