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

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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 www.danceplace.org or call 202.269.1600.

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Dancers Old and Young Join in Celebration of Kwanzaa

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More than 80 performers from toddlers to seniors will ring in the season with a joyous celebration of Kwanzaa by the Coyaba Dance Theater at Dance Place in Washington, DC, on December 18 at 2:00 p.m. and December 19 at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.

This year’s Kwanzaa celebration includes dancers ages 2 to 16 from the Coyaba Academy, performers ages 60 to 80 from Sylvai Soumah’s Seniors at THEARC (the Town Hall Education Arts and Recreation Center), and dancers from The Washington Ballet at THEARC. The production will also feature the premiere of the Coyaba Youth Ensemble, a select group of Coyaba Academy students.

Kwanzaa is an African-American celebration of cultural reaffirmation that commemorates family, community, self-development, and culture, with a different principle highlighted on each day of the celebration, from December 26 to January 1.

Founded in 1997, Coyaba Dance Theater is a contemporary West African dance company with a mission to present dance, music and other artistic/educational programs focusing on the diverse ethnic groups of West Africa. A two-time recipient of the Metro DC Dance Award for Outstanding Group Performance, Coyaba Dance Theater has performed in South Korea and at many U.S. venues, including DanceAfrica Chicago, the Kennedy Center, and The Barns of Wolf Trap. Coyaba is the resident dance company at Dance Place.

Dance Place is located at 3225 8th Street NE, Washington, DC. 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, the December 19 matinee performance offers one free ticket for a child 12 and under with each paying adult. To purchase tickets, visit www.danceplace.org or call 202.269.1600.

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DanceAfrica, DC Festival Starts May 31

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Master classes, a performance series, and an African marketplace will be among the attractions at the 23nd annual DanceAfrica, DC celebration from May 31 to June 6 in the nation’s capital.

Artists scheduled to perform June 5 and 6 include Griot Baba Chuck Davis, Yacoba Mask Society, Malcolm X Drummers, Coyaba Dance Theater, Sankofa Dance Theater, Tam Tam Manding, Farafina Kan, Ezibu Muntu, Aysha Upchurch life, rhythm, move project, African Heritage Dancers and Drummers, KanKouran West African Dance Company, Lesole’s Dance Project, Beat Ya Feet Kings, and Farafina Kan Youth Ensemble. Master classes will be offered each day of the festival.

The weeklong celebration of African dance, music, visual arts, food, clothing, and crafts will be led by Chuck Davis, founder and artistic director of the African American Dance Ensemble.

 It’s all happening at Dance Place, 3225 Eighth Street NE, Washington, DC. For tickets, call 202.269.1600 or visit www.danceplace.org, which also has a complete schedule of artists and performances.

The festival is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Giant Food, Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Marpat Foundation, and the supporters of Dance Place/Next Generation Programs.

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May 14 Showcase for Coyaba Dance Theater

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Coyaba Dance Theater, the resident company of Dance Place in Washington, D.C., presents a cross-generational showcase concert May 14 at THEARC in the nation’s capital.

Coyaba Dance Theater, founded in 1997, presents traditional and contemporary West African dance and music. Joining in the performance will be Coyaba Academy of the Arts, students in the Dance Place repertory and performance classes, THEARC Seniors, and the Dance Place Step Team.

General admission tickets to the performance at THEARC, 1101 Mississippi Avenue SE in Washington, are $22, with discounts for seniors, artists, students, teachers, and children 17 and younger. To buy them, visit www.danceplace.org or call 202.269.1600.

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