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West African Dance and Music Featured at DC’s Dance Place


Coyaba Dance Theater will present Rejuvenation, a performance of traditional and contemporary West African dance and music, on March 12 at 8:00 p.m. and March 13 at 7:00 p.m. at Dance Place, 3225 Eighth Street NE, Washington, DC.

Coyaba Dance Theater, a Dance Place resident company, will perform traditional dances from Africa and the Diaspora that relate to the water spirit Mami Wata. Legends of Mami Wata have existed for centuries, with the earliest mermaid images brought to life by sailors and merchants. Before or during time at sea, men would pray to Mami Wata for their safety. Mami Wata is always distinguishable as a fearsome, beautiful, and powerful water spirit who transforms all outcomes.

Founded in 1997, Coyaba Dance Theater is a contemporary West African dance company with a mission to present artistic and educational dance and music programs focusing on the diverse ethnic groups of West Africa.

Tickets are $22 general admission; $17 for members, seniors, students, teachers, and artists; and $8 for children 17 and under. As part of Dance Place’s Family Series, receive one free ticket for a child (12 and under) with each paying adult for the March 13 show. Reservations required.

To purchase tickets visit or call 202.269.1600.


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