You’re Invited To: A Convening of Black Dance and Culture

This unprecedented Virtual Dance Conference is being organized as a biennial event and will LIVE Stream over three weeks in November. More than just a movement-based conference, The Convening will include a lecture series, performance series and dance class series.

The conference itself will be organized into three different series of program content:
The Lectures, The Performances and The Classes.

Registration for the entire conference is only $60!

Register here for the entire conference
(early-bird special is currently being offered)

**Individuals can also just register for each individually priced series **

features three outstanding dance scholars and practitioners whose life’s work represents a commitment to reaffirming the collective knowledge of black contributions to the history of dance and the history of the world. All lectures will take place at 6pm EST and tickets for the entire series are only $25.

  • 11/4 – Dr. Darian Parker holds a PhD and M. Phil from Yale University. He specializes in Guinean and Malian Dance.
  • 11/18 – Imania and Harry Detry dynamic father/daughter team from Chicago who teach West African dance and culture
  • 11/11 – Dr. Halifu Osumare is Professor Emerita in the Dept. of African American and African Studies at UC, Davis. She is also a Certified Instructor of Dunham Dance Technique.

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THE PERFORMANCES: are a series of dance concerts featuring three of the most respected and revered African Dance companies working in the United States tod
11/6 – Ayodele Drum and Dance : from Chicago 1/13 – Giwayen Mata : from Atlanta
11/20 – KanKouran West African Dance Company: from Washington D.C

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THE CLASSES: are open to students of all ages and experience is not necessary. One need only have the will and spirit to dance! Our faculty for this series are each respected African Diaspora Dance instructors who are sought after to teach classes around the world.

11/7 – Babacar M’Baye has been a teacher at Alvin Ailey Extension for 13 years who teaches Sabar, a traditional West African dance performed to the Sabar drum.

11/14 – Dandha Da Hora was born into the rich Afro Brazilian traditions of Bahia. She will be teaching folkloric and Orixa-inspired dance and other Brazilian dance styles.

11/21 – Mouminatu Camara, was the principal dancer for the world-renowned dance company, Les Ballet Africans. She is praised as the pre-eminent female instructor of Guinea dance in the United States.