Dance & Drum Classes

 

Inspiration~ Kindia, Guinea

All are welcome ~ No experience needed.
On-going Classes. Join in any time!

NOTICE: ALL CLASSES ARE MOVED ONLINE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE TO PROTECT EVERYONE’S WELLBEING. PLEASE GO TO THE HOME PAGE & SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM TO REGISTER. BE WELL! 

Embody the Rhythm
 brings weekly Guinea style West African Dance Classes to Portland, ME with dancer/choreographer Marita Kennedy-Castro, and live drum accompaniment from a talented crew of local drummers including master drummer Namory Keita from Sangbaralla, Guinea.

DRUM CLASSES

 

THURSDAYS (more soon)
with Namory Keita
DRUM CLASSES CURRENTLY MOVED ONLINE 
Beginner/Adv Beginner, Weekly

For details join, Seacoast West African Dance & Drum on facebook & Visit Namory’s website.

DANCE CLASSES

@ Portland New Church, 302 Stevens Ave., Portland, ME

These classes are designed for beginner and intermediate students, bringing community together through the healing power of movement and music. No experience necessary.
Classes are gender neutral ~ Same moves danced by all.

TUESDAYS – Ongoing Weekly (open to drop in)
with Marita
Hours: Sep – May
~ 6:00-7:30pm / June – Aug ~ 7:00-8:30pm 
Live Drumming Accompaniment
DANCE CLASSES CURRENTLY MOVED ONLINE. REGISTER ON HOME PAGE.  

FRIDAYS – 8 Week Series (open to drop in)
with Marita
9:00-10:00am
Current Session March 20 – May 8, 2020

DANCE CLASSES CURRENTLY MOVED ONLINE. REGISTER ON HOME PAGE.

 

PRIVATE, SMALL GROUP/FAMILY LESSONS AVAILABLE ONLINE:
Do you wish to find your movement freedom but feel “stuck” in some way?
Would you love to take a dance class, but don’t feel quite ready? ~ Consider a private lesson or two ~

Marita provides a safe and fun environment in which to explore, and is passionate about helping people find more ease within their bodies at a pace that suits their needs. A few individualized lessons can help to access movement and expression at your own pace. Available by request. Contact Marita for arrangements by clicking HERE.


Embody the Rhythm Dance Class Video Samples LINK


DANCE CLASS PRICING

CLASS PRICING HAS CHANGED TO SLIDING SCALE WHILE CLASSES HAVE MOVED ONLINE – Bulk class-passes are currently not viable – Feel free to pay the discounted price you’d normally get if you were to buy a bulk pass ($13-14/class) OR pay what you can – anything helps! PLEASE GO TO THE HOME PAGE TO REGISTER. 

“If you can walk, you can dance. If you can talk, you can sing.”
~ Proverb from Zimbabwe

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Guinea Style West African Dance Class 

Dance and drumming are a rich part of culture and community in Guinea. There are traditional rhythms and dances that accompany all manner of life’s passages and natural cycles, including births, weddings, coming of age ceremonies, the planting and harvesting of crops, full moons, and celebrations of many sorts.

In these classes Marita shares dances from 20 years of study under master West African dance and drum artists, both in the U.S. and in Guinea, West Africa. She will share the names, meanings, regions and ethnicities from which the dances come. Marita seeks to promote awareness and appreciation for the culture and traditions of her teachers; for the interconnectedness of all life. 

What to expect:

Classes begin with a warm up, to tune into our bodies and get our blood flowing…

stretching

Next, dance sequences are broken down and repeated in parts…

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Inspiration~ Doundounba in Conakry, Guinea

Once the steps are broken down students move and groove the dance through the studio. We let loose and have fun, while generating a lot of energy. 

Marita teaches a different dance each month, starting a new dance at the beginning of the month. Live drumming in the traditional rhythms is provided by a fantastic crew of professional drummers!

Dance steps and sequences are broken down for every class. No prior knowledge is required for drop-in students. Those who come consistently can really get the moves into their bones.

dance class 3

Inspiration~ Nongo, Guinea

What to wear & bring:

We generally dance barefoot, but dance shoes (not street shoes) are fine too, if preferred.
Wear comfortable clothing that allows ease of movement, and the ability to work up a sweat.
Please bring a water bottle and stay hydrated. 

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Click below for more information about our instructors:
Dance
 Instructor, Marita Kennedy-Castro
Drum Instructor, Namory Keita
Drum Instructor, Annegret Baier

Still have questions?  Get in touch. We hope to see you on the dance floor!

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. jazel40
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 06:02:08

    Thank you Marita for bringing this dance to Portland. You don’t have to be a dancer to learn this. This dance is a special experience because you will have a great work out but so much fun while you sweat. Live djembe drumming create vibration and energy, dancing barefoot allows a great connection to the floor and earth, and a beautiful cultural experience of learning dances from different tribes and areas of West Africa. Experiencing a part of a different culture that is more in touch with nature and their heart chakra is so good for this western society that is very much in our head, busy, and distracted. Marita’s class is fun, a real work out, a cultural experience, and a healing experience. Check it out.

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