West African (Sabar and Djembe) with Lamine Thiam

West African dance has had a huge influence on contemporary dance – on choreographers like Alvin Ailey and Ronald K. Brown, to street forms like jazz and hip-hop. You’ll learn two key styles of West African dance in this class: Sabar and Djembe. Sabar’s celebratory rhythm is featured in the music of Youssou N’Dour and is aerial and sensual, with high kicks and jumps. Djembe dances mark everything from everyday events (farming, hunting) to special occasions (birth, marriage) and express strength, playfulness, exuberance, grace, and more. Master teacher Lamine Thiam comes from a line of Senegalese griots, and will teach the fundamentals of West African dance and ground you in an understanding of the accompanying drum rhythms. All classes will have live drumming.

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  • Lamine Thiam

    A world-recognized dancer, choreographer, drummer, and actor, Lamine Thiam specializes in West African Dance from his native Senegal and neighboring countries. Lamine received intensive dance and drumming training at the Conservatoire National d’Arte Dramatique du Sénégal and the Manhattan Dance School. After establishing himself as a performer throughout Senegal, Lamine immigrated to the US in 1993 and has traveled throughout the US and in Japan, Germany, London, Mexico, and the Caribbean as a performer and teacher. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, The United Nations, and Lincoln Center.