Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance (at Brooklyn Ballet)160 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Brooklyn-born percussionist, Olatunji Ojore, takes young learners on a musical journey around the world, introducing them to various instruments and rhythms along the way. As a children’s educator, one of his main goals is to create a safe space that inspires creativity, imagination, and children’s natural love of learning.
Cumbe is the home for African and diaspora dance in Brooklyn, bringing together classes and cultural education for dances from Africa, the Americas, and the Caribbean. At Cumbe, young people, adults, and families alike can immerse themselves in the joy and vitality of music and dance from Africa, the Americas, and Caribbean. Through a rich array of classes and dynamic teachers, students from novice to the experienced will learn the rhythms and movements of Senegal, Guinea, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Haiti and a broad range of other cultures. Performances, talks, and dance parties will encourage a deeper understanding of the origins, meaning and evolution of these many dances, as well as connections between them. Marking life moments big and small, joyous and fierce, dances from Africa and countries nourished and inspired by African traditions bring tremendous spirit to our modern lives. Through dance and music, Cumbe creates a community that celebrates exuberance, sensuality, power, and laughter!
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