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Dances of Senegal

– with Abdou Sarr


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Wednesdays in February, 2/7-2/28 • 6-7pm (Make-up class 3/6)GCC Main Campus

In a series of four workshops, Abdou covers four dances from Senegal, West African. Each dance is a fusion of traditional and modern movements, and has a celebratory and joyful feeling. Dancers dance to a live sabar, djembe and djun djun drums, as well as some recorded music. We'll dance a Welcome Dance, Harvest Dance, Wedding Dance and dances for a baby's naming ceremony. All of these are Sabar dances from the multi-ethnic country, popular in the daily life and rhythms of Senegal.

Up to 10 GCC students can participate for free! Provide your GCC email address below and we'll send you a coupon code to use at checkout.

About the Presenter

Abdou Sarr was born and raised in Dakar, Senegal, and learned how to dance many dances in sandy streets and beaches from acclaimed examples—such as his mother Ami Faye. In his twenties, he traveled to the US with hip hop group Gokh-Bi System, touring all over North America including on stage at the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Lotus World Music and Arts Festival and Joe’s Pub in NYC. Sarr settled here in Western Massachusetts where he shares stages with diverse musicians. Currently he teaches as an artist-in-residence at many schools across the Northeast and with the Senegal America Project. His way of teaching is direct and endearing, with his classes tailored to participants who leave feeling the natural high of African dance and a true connection with the continent.

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