Growing, Dancing, Drumming, Changing

SENY DAFFE RETURNS TO PORTLAND, ME (and beyond) IN MAY!

Guest artist Seny Daffe, alongside Namory Keita and our talented drummers rocked the house in Portland & Kittery last month!

Here’s some of the fun we had singing and dundun dancing with Seny, April 25:


Seny & Namory have a mini-tour together in Maine and New Hampshire, MAY 27th – MAY 31st ~
 Catch them for drum, dance, or dundun dance in Bristol, NH or Portland, Kittery, or Camden, ME!

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Monday MAY 27 ~ INT/ADV DRUM CLASS with Namory Keita

Wild Root Kombuchery, 135 Washington Ave, Portland, ME | 6:15-7:15pm |
$15/class or $13 per class for punch card of 4
Find and share on facebook HERE

Tuesday MAY 28 ~ SPECIAL DANCE CLASS with Seny Daffe at Embody the Rhythm! 
Portland New Church, 302 Stevens Ave, Portland, ME | 6:00-7:30pm |
$16-20 sliding scale – cash only please
Show support and share on facebook HERE

LINK for CLASS DETAILS  May 29 – May 31
Wednesday MAY 29, Bristol, NH
Thursday MAY 30, Kittery, ME
Friday MAY 31, Camden, ME

THIS JUST IN: Beautiful djembefola (master drummer) Sayon Camara will be visiting Maine next week, and be our special guest drummer in Tuesday Dance Class, May 21st!

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Come dance to the beautiful rhythm, Kassa, May 21! Drumming led by Namory Keita and Sayon Camara

 

 


*IMPORTANT* ~ CHANGES/NOTICES
at EMBODY THE RHYTHM:

 

  • Dance Class TIME CHANGE: Tuesdays JUNE – AUGUST
    7:00 -8:30pm* | Catch an extra hour of sunshine before coming to dance it out to live drumming!!
    *If you’ve purchased a 4 or 8 class card and won’t be able to attend during this time change, please talk with Marita or Anne in class, or email me (Marita) 

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  • SEEKING OUTDOOR LOCATION for Dance
    I’m seeking a flat, open, (non-concrete) available space outside, to hold dance class on some Tuesdays this summer. Have ideas? Please email me.
    If a Portland location is found, will be posted as *special notice* at top of homepage here, by midday of class. If rain is expected or nothing posted, you’ll find us @ Portland New Church.
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  • Our DANCE Class SUPPORTS SOCIAL CHANGE INITIATIVES
    A percentage of proceeds from every class is contributed to important social change initiatives. Please learn about the ones we support in 2019: VISIT THIS PAGE.
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  • SUMMER PERFORMANCES ~ SAVE THE DATES
    New Moon Ensemble 
    performs:

    Saturday August 24th ~ Free evening show at Congress Square Park, Portland, ME
    Saturday September 7th ~ at Henry Fest (Folk Music Festival), Falmouth, ME

 

HELP BUILD a LIBRARY for these children in KOUYA SIDIA, GUINEA, WEST AFRICA

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Our newest dance class drummer, John Marlowe, has created THIS FUNDRAISER to help build a library in the home village of our wonderful teacher, Sayon Camara. 

Please check out this awesome project, and share it with the librarians, book lovers, children and community change-makers in your life!

 

Flowers are blooming, the weather is warming, the air is fresh, the birds are singing…  SO many reasons to dance. See you on the dance floor! 

 

 

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Movement Medicine and Social Change

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There is a Need for Healing.  
All people, all genders, all ages, ethnicities, creeds…
We all need the healing medicine of movement.
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We need spaces in which we become so present in the experience of our body’s movement that we forget our heartache, forget our struggles, and remember our Selves. Even for a moment. Even for an hour.
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We need community.
We need safe spaces in which we can collectively align in movement, share in rhythm, and breathe in the company of others … to shed the heaviness, despair, anger, fear,
even if for the moment …

So that the lightness of our being, suspended in air, in rhythm, in movement, can return us to the presence of our own spirit, can grow our resilience, grow our strength, rekindle our fire and most importantly, inspire the actions we take to change the systems that are not working for the good of all. 
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Let’s cultivate the healing energy we generate on the dance floor to go beyond ourselves and take outward into the world. Let’s find more ways to take action together to create the changes needed for all people to be safe, for all people to be free, for all people to thrive.

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As a small step toward collectively channelling the healing medicine of movement directly toward social change  $1 from each student in our Tuesday dance classes in 2019 will be donated to these important initiatives
here in Maine and in Guinea:

For Us By Us (a fund for POC, by POC) in Maine. Learn more here:
https://www.patreon.com/forusbyus/posts 
Black Girl in Maine (BGIM media) – education, awareness, participation: 
https://blackgirlinmaine.com/
Hamana Arts Center (school for traditional cultural arts) in Guinea, West Africa:
https://www.gofundme.com/hamana-arts-center-project
Youssouf Koumbassa’s School for traditional cultural arts in Guinea, West Africa.
(link coming) 

Check out the important work of each organization and consider donating directly, by visiting the links provided above.

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Movement, Music & Community

 

While we are dancing through precarious and trying times,
we also have new beginnings to celebrate.
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Let’s continue to come together, build community, hold each other up and knit our neighborhoods together, celebrate one another and create space for the light to grow within each individual.
Let’s reach beyond preconceived boundaries and learn from one another.
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Come dance.

Tuesdays, Fridays and some Saturdays! (link here FMI)

Nobody turned away for lack of funds. Barters and discounts available.
All bodies, all genders welcome.

See you on the dance floor! Welcome 2019!

Bring a Friend FREE this week, New Classes in 2019

Happy nearly Solstice! As the days get short and chilly it can be tough to motivate for physical activities, but it’s one of the best things we can do for our spirit.

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Our mental, emotional and physical bodies benefit from movement and music, and dancing in community is a proven uplifter. 

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Round up a friend or two and make a little pact this winter to get each other out to a warm and welcoming dance floor ~ A little group motivation can help us keep commitment to our wellbeing.

As incentive, INTRODUCE A FRIEND to class THIS WEEK and they attend FREE for our final dance classes in 2018 ~
Tuesday Dec 18 & Friday Dec 21!

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Keepin’ it toasty every TUESDAY you can’t beat the LIVE DRUMMING with dance moves offered for all levels of dancers.
Note: Classes prices increase by $1 in 2019. Nobody turned away for lack of funds.

FRIDAY morning classes  ~ Next series: Jan 4 – Feb 22*
9:00 – 10:00am
*Minimum # students needed ~ Please share.

Early Bird Discount before January 1st: $104 cash, check / $107 online
Link HERE to Pre-register

After January 1st: $120 cash, check / $124 online

No experience needed for either class, a self-loving attitude is encouraged, and all bodies are welcome.

Link HERE for DANCE CLASS DETAILS
Location: Portland New Church, 302 Stevens Ave, Portland, ME

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PRE-SCHOOL & FAMILY DANCE & RHYTHM ~ 5 Saturdays
Feb 9 – Mar 9, 2019

For 3-5 year olds with participating parent/guardian
10:30 – 11:15am
Class size limited to 20 little ones
Early Bird Discount before January 31st:  $65 cash, check / $68 online
Link HERE to Pre-register
After January 31st:  $75 cash, check / $78 online

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SPREAD LOVE. BE LOVE.
SEE YOU ON THE DANCE FLOOR

Connect on Instagram
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Dance Class photo credits to Kendra Smith

Across the ocean and in our hearts. Giving back to Guinea

Do you have plans for staying warm and inspired, active and connected this winter? Come beat the winter blues with a community you can groove with!


Movement and music are languages that transcend words, helping to build intercultural understanding and connection.

Movement and music are medicines needed by all.

 


GIVING BACK TO THE PEOPLE OF GUINEA:


DECEMBER 4 – Right after dance class, POTLUCK PARTY & DONATIONS COLLECTION for Namory Keita’s annual winter trip.

Dance class 6-7:30pm, Potluck Party 7:45pm on,
Portland New Church, 302 Stevens Ave, Portland, ME

 What you can bring:

  • A dish or beverage to share and extra paper plates/cups if you have ’em (silverware provided – let’s keep it compostable/recyclable)
  • Donations of over-the-counter first aid supplies and children’s summer clothing to be delivered in the villages.
  • Financial contributions for the Hamana Art Center – This is a school Namory is building in the beautiful Hamana region of Guinea. Here masters and students from around the world will come together to exchange, teach, perform and study the traditional arts of the region. Photos of the school building progress:
     

    You can also support this project online, at this link:
    Hamana Art Center

DRUM CLASSES with ANNEGRET BAIER

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Annegret offers small group and individual percussion/drumming lessons. A great gift for the holidays! Contact her: annegret@maine.rr.com

Stay tuned for weekly group lessons and workshops in the New Year and visit her website: www.annegretbaier.com

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TUESDAY DANCE CLASS CONTINUES YEAR-ROUND AND IS GENDER-INCLUSIVE:IMG_7044
  • DID YOU KNOW? To encourage gender diversity on the dance floor, 1st Tuesday of every month is just $5 for male-identified and gender-non-conforming dancers. Dance is good for all bodies.
    We start a new dance every 1st Tuesday.
  • Our last Tuesday class of the year will be December 18, 2018. Winter weather cancellations are posted on the top of this page, and on our facebook page (see link below)
  • Our Friday morning series continues through December 21st (open to drop in. See classes page)

GIVE THE GIFT OF DANCE:

  • Purchase a 4-class or 8-class pass for someone you love (including yourself!) at this link:  Embody the Rhythm Store 

MORE DANCE CLASSES COMING SOON! 

Embody the Rhythm on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EmbodyTheRhythm/
Embody the Rhythm on Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/embodytherhythm/

A special thanks Kendra Smith of Mainer Media, for the video in this post. 

Let’s Dance it Out

Bring on the empowering medicine of movement and music!
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New Moon Ensemble, performing at Henry Fest on Sep 8, 2018

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In response to the myriad reasons we need movement medicine, I’m excited to announce a
NEW DANCE CLASS OFFERING

 

8-Weeks | Fridays Mornings | 9 -10am
Oct 26 – Dec 21 
(
skipping Nov 23)
Portland New Church, 302 Stevens Ave

This class is now open for drop-in students. 

 

Accompanied by beautiful traditional rhythm recordings, this class will focus on the therapeutic aspects of Guinea style, West African dance; tuning in to breath and heartbeat as our guiding force and energy.

An opportunity to dip your toes in or dive deep into a new form of expression and connection through heart and hip opening movement. Beginners and experienced dancers welcomed. No experience needed.

Minimum number of pre-registrants needed to run the class. Sign up for the Early Bird discount and help this class fly.*

Early Bird Price = $110

After October 15 = drop-ins $15/class

*Once minimum # of pre-registrants is met to run the class, it will open to drop-ins

SHARE WITH FRIENDS:
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NEW MOON ENSEMBLE PERFORMS at
York County Mini Makers Faire
Saturday, Oct 13 | Pepperell Mill Campus, Biddeford, ME | 4:00pm

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For details about York County Mini Makers Faire, SEE THIS LINK.
For directions and parking info, SEE THIS LINK. 


HENRY FEST WAS A SUCCESS 

Thanks to everyone who came out to support all of the fabulous artists and the annual fundraiser for 317 Main, last month.

We had a great time performing in the field, and I loved offering this mini dance workshop with our drummers bringing the fire ~ Check out the overflowing dance floor energy:

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We had so much fun bringing Guinea style West African Drum & Dance to all ages at Henry Fest last month. Thank you to all who danced with us!! That dance floor was overflowing. ✨Thanks to @317main & @unfaithfulservant ✨Thank you to the parent who sent us this video ✨Thank you New Moon Ensemble drummers and dancers @embodytherhythm ✨ #embodytherhythm #movementismedicine #movewithspirit #danceforthesoul #bodypositive #bodyempowerment #trysomethingnew #danceforallbodies #livedrumming #comedancewithus #Guineadanceanddrum #cultivatecommunity #peace #love #unity #dancelove #drumlove #danceforallpeople #danceforhealing #artismedicine #supporttraditionalarts #diversityisbeautiful #dancelife #drumlife #findyourmovementmedicine #portlandmaine

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Thank you to all who came out
for the drum & dance workshops with Namory Keita and Seny Daffe!!

Your presence in these workshops makes them possible.

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Amazing class with Seny Daffe yesterday! ✨ So grateful to everyone who showed up to support our guest artist. Thank you to our fabulous drummers @namorydjenekeita, @jerickson002, @jeffreyahowe !! Thanks to @alisongreenparsons for the delicious sorrel and handmade jewelry market. Thanks to everyone who helped make it such a great day. 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 Come dance with me ✨ West African Dance, Guinea style, every Tuesday, 6-7:30pm 302 Stevens, Ave Portland, Maine • Live drumming. ✨ All levels welcome ✨ No experience necessary✨ New student discount: $20 for 4 classes ($5/class!) Returning student discounts too ✨ Spread love. Be love. Find your movement medicine. EmbodyTheRhythm.com • #embodytherhythm #movementismedicine #movewithspirit #danceforthesoul #bodypositive #bodyempowerment #trysomethingnew #danceforallbodies #livedrumming #comedancewithus #Guineadanceanddrum #cultivatecommunity #peace #love #unity #dancelove #drumlove #danceforallpeople #danceforhealing #artismedicine #supporttraditionalarts #diversityisbeautiful #dancelife #drumlife #findyourmedicine #portlandmaine

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COMING UP NEXT MONTH
JEH KULU’S ANNUAL WEST AFRICAN DANCE & DRUM FESTIVAL BURLINGTON, VT

Are you aware there are many annual West African Dance & Drum festivals throughout the nation, as well as world-wide? These cultural traditions have inspired an international family, bringing people together from all over the globe through dance, drum and song.

Join dancers and drummers from Embody the Rhythm community in attending Jeh Kulu’s Annual West African Dance & Drum Festival this year!

 

For all who, like me, feel little rattled by what’s going on in our world, I invite you to move it on out with me on dance floors, here there and everywhere. 

Movement is medicine.
Let’s dance it out. 

 

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Keeping Warm & Cultivating Community

This is how we keep warm as we anticipate a long-awaited summer in Maine … (Click the arrow embedded in right side of image, to see more sweetness)

WE’VE BEEN HAVING SO MUCH FUN BUILDING COMMUNITY WITH SOME FABULOUS GUEST TEACHERS THESE PAST FEW MONTHS.

IF YOU’VE MISSED THEM, THERE’S STILL MORE TO COME IN JUNE:

Thursday June 14th, Seny Daffe returns to the Dance Hall in Kittery, to teach Dundun Dance & Namory Keita teaches Drumming. Visit the links for details, and see videos below from our recent workshops.
Facebook Event Link / Seacoast Dance & Drum 

Friday June 15th, Music on Main – A Night of West African Drumming & Dance with special guests, Theo Martey, Abou Sylla, Seny Daffe and Namory Keita!
For more info and tickets, visit Music on Main

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Here’s a peek at the fun we had in Dundun Dance Class with Seny Daffe, April 3rd in Portland, ME:

.. and April 5th in Kittery, ME:

Meanwhile, as we cultivate the Earth with the coming of warmer weather, we also continue to plant, water and grow this community.

Join us for Weekly Dance & Drum Classes, every Monday & Tuesday!
CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

Movement is Medicine. Find your movement. Find your medicine. 

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Come dance tonight ✨ Movement is medicine. West African Dance (Guinea style), honoring the source and teachers of this form, every Tuesday 6-7:30pm. Live drumming. All are welcome. No experience necessary. New student discount: $20 for 4 classes in 4 weeks ($5/class!) Returning student discounts too. Spread love. Be love. Portland, Maine Find your movement, find your medicine. www.embodytherhythm.com #embodytherhythm #movementismedicine #movewithspirit #danceforthesoul #bodypositive #bodyempowerment #danceforallbodies #livedrumming #musicismedicine #Guineadanceanddrum #community #peace #love #unity #GuineatoMaine #GuineaLove #drumlove #dancelove #danceforallpeople #danceforhealing #diversityisbeautiful #artismedicine #supporttraditionalarts #dancelife #drumlife #findyourmedicine #portlandmaine

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See you on the dance floor.

Link Here for Dance Class Video Samples 

Link Here for Dance & Drum Class Details

Welcoming back Youssouf Koumbassa

Happy Autumn!
(CLICK HERE FOR OUR WEEKLY DANCE & DRUM CLASS INFO)

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TUESDAY OCTOBER 24
World renowned master teacher, Youssouf Koumbassa returns to Maine.


Master village drummer, Namory Keita will begin the night with Drum Class, and lead the smoking drum accompaniment for dance class.

ALL LEVELS WELCOME. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY.



YOUSSOUF KOUMBASSA 
Perhaps the world’s most sought-after teacher of Guinea-style African dance, Youssouf was born in Conakry, Guinea. He was a principle dancer with Ballets Djoliba, one of Guinea’s most important national dance companies, for 13 years, training and touring extensively throughout the world. With his prodigious skill and thrilling talent, as well as the precious pedagogy and choreography of his teachers before him, Youssouf relocated to the United States to share his passion and his legacy with dancers and audiences everywhere.

NAMORY KEITA
Namory Keita, Master Drummer, is a sought after teacher and performer with a unique style and a wealth of traditional knowledge very rare to find outside the villages of Guinea. His resources include not only his wonderful ability to engage any audience but also his relationships with dancers and drummers locally, and around the world.

Tuesday October 24, 2017
Woodford’s Club, 179 Woodford St, Portland, ME
5:15-6:15pm –
DRUM CLASS with Namory Keita 
6:30-8pm –
DANCE CLASS with Youssouf Koumbassa

Preregistration Price*: $17/class or $32 for both classes
Preregistration is closed, but you can still pay at the door ~
See you tonight!

$20/class or $34 for both classes (Discounts offered for New Mainers/low-income. Inquire at the door)

 

 

HOW TO PREPARE:
`No prior experience is needed. 
`Bring an open mind, and an interest to learn.
`Wear comfortable clothing that you can move and sweat in.
`Bring a water bottle to stay hydrated.
`Dancing is with bare feet (dance shoes but not street shoes) are okay, if needed.

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES to Dance with Youssouf in Maine:

Thursday October 26th, at Kittery Dance Hall
Kittery, ME

Friday October 27th at High Mountain Hall
Camden, ME

 

Embody the Rhythm had a busy summer, so there’s more good news to come, including exciting developments and opportunities for dancers coming up in early 2018.
Follow this newsletter to keep up to date.


See you on the dance floor.

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