November, 2014

CAUGHT FLEET-FOOTED IN FORT GREENE…

The Brooklyn Paper
bp cumbe

A Fort Greene dance studio is not ready to let the beat drop. The Cumbe Center for African and Diaspora Dance on Fulton Street is getting the boot to make way for a luxury residential tower. The departure will end three years in the space above a bagel shop between Flatbush Avenue and Rockwell Place, and will cut short a 10-year lease, forcing the dancers to scramble to find a new home, one of the studio’s directors said…(read more)


November, 2012

Tell Us Your Story!

Do you have a great story about Cumbe to share?

Did you discover a new favorite dance, run into an old friend, nail a step, or surprise yourself at Cumbe? Post your story on our Facebook Wall for the chance to win a free class!

Or you can e-mail it to us at michelle@cumbedance.com. Stories may be shared on our Facebook wall and website.

October, 2012

Special Guest Teacher: Sabar with Mariama Basse

Saturday, Oct. 20 & 27 • 4:30 – 6:00pm

Spin, lift your knees up high and feel your energy soar in this exhilarating celebration dance from Senegal. Taught by Mariama Basse, a popular teacher who toured internationally with Le Ballet National du Senegal. Register here.

Mariama Basse was born in Senegal, West Africa. She began studying Djembe dance with Joe Koli at the age of 15, and several years later toured and performed with the show Gore, Mon Histoire.  After many years of performing, she joined the Le Ballet National Du Senegal. She spent two years performing and touring with the ballet in Japan, Korea, France, Cape Verde, Germany, and America. Mariama currently lives and works in New York City as an instructor, principal dancer, and assistant choreographer for the Maimouna Keita African Dance Company.  She has also been a guest artist at multiple African dance & drum festivals.

Watch a video of one of Mariama’s Sabar classes here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9s1Ko1W46qQ&noredirect=1

You can also check out Cumbe’s other Sabar classes on Wednesdays from 8:00 to 9:30 with Mama Andara (Beginner to Intermediate) and Sundays from 1:30 to 3:00 with El Hadji Gueye (Open).

August, 2012

Wednesdays in August (6-7:30pm): Neo-Traditional Zimbabwean Dance with Rujeko Dumbutshena:  Learn movement inspired by traditional Zimbabwean dance from Rujeko, an original ensemble dancer from FELA! The Musical.

Thursday (7:30-9pm): Cuban Salsa and Casino de Rueda with Reina Goodrich and Chris Rogicki **New Class**

Saturday (4:30-6:00): Hip Hop with Roger G**New Class**

Through October: Dance & Get Fit for Only $10/Class!

Zumba with Bethina Sayegh: Mon, 12:30-1:30
Bahzookah Danze with Will Villegas: Mon, 6:30-7:30; Sat, 10:00-11:00
Congocise with Funmilayo: Tue, 12-1; Wed, 5:30-6:30 and Sun, 12:30-1:30
Zumba with Monica Rossi Ortiz: Fri, 12-12:45

July, 2012

Shakira Marshall, one of Fela’s Queens, returns to teach a class inspired by the Afro-Beat Music of Fela Kuti on Sunday, August 5 from 3 – 5!  $18

Guest Artists are teaching Wednesdays at 6pm! 7/25: Germaul Barnes, all of August: Rujeko Dumbutshena.

New Offerings: Samba and Afro-Brazilian Percussion with Carlos de Oliveira on Sundays, Waacking Session with Miki & Miss Bibi on Tuesdays

All Summer: Dance & Get Fit for Only $10/Class:

Zumba with Bethina Sayegh Flores: Mon, 12:30-1:30 (Starts July 23!)
Bahzookah Danze with Will Villegas: Mon, 6:30-7:30; Sat, 10:00-11:00
Congocise with Funmilayo: Tue, 12-1; Wed, 5:30-6:30 and Sun, 12:30-1:30
Zumba with Monica Rossi Ortiz: Fri, 12-12:45

 

June, 2012

Move. Sing. Drum. Dance!

Discover the rhythms and beats of Africa, the Caribbean, Brazil, and more!

Cumbe Announces Summer Classes for Children
Pay What You Wish during two trial weeks: June 25 – July 8
Register for one of two 4-week sessions: July 9 – August 5 and August 6 – September 2

Ages 1-5

Tuesdays 4:00-5:00pm Uhuru with Jamie Philbert (Free and Creative Movement, Ages 3-5)
Note: Starting the week of July 9th, this class will move to Wednesdays at the same.
Wednesdays 9:45-10:45am Uhuru with Jamie Philbert (Free and Creative Movement, Ages 2-4)
Click the names of the classes to read their descriptions.

Ages 6-10

Thursdays 4:00-5:00pm Hip Hop with Roger G (Ages 7-10)
Fridays 4:00-5:30pm Sawubona with Jamie Philbert (Movement Fusion, Ages 6-9)
Click the names of the classes to read their descriptions.
Prices:
Uhuru:  $52 for 4 weeks ($13/class), $16 to drop in
Boom! Beep! Bop!:  $80 for 4 weeks ($20/class), $22 to drop in
Hip Hop and Sawubona:  $80 for 4 weeks ($20/class), $22 to drop in
* Each class needs a minimum enrollment. For the first 4-week session, please register by Friday, July 6.  We will notify families by Saturday, July 7 at the latest if the class will not be held due to low enrollment. 

For the second 4-week session, please register by Friday, August 3.  We will notify families by Saturday, August 4 at the latest if the class will not be held due to low enrollment. 

 

June, 2012

Class Update: Afro-Caribbean Dance and Movement is moving back to 6:00-7:30pm on Mondays. We are also delighted to announce that Sheila Anozier will be teaching the class, formerly taught by Cumbe’s artistic director, Pat Hall.

Sheila lives in New York, but her core is housed in Haiti, where vivid and colorful memories of childhood continue to fuel her passions.  She has studied with noted professionals, performed nationally and internationally, and serves as the choreographer for the Brave New World Repertory Theatre. Sheila credits Pat Hall’s support and inspiration with helping her find her freedom in dance.

While we are sad that Pat Hall will no longer be teaching the class, we are happy to let you know that she will come back from time to time as a guest teacher.  Both Sheila and Pat will teach the class on Monday, June 4 as Pat passes on the baton to a beloved protege.

Sunday, July 1 @ 8:00pm: Zimbabwe Marimba Dance Party! Get ready for a soul- inspiring dance party with the Polyphony Marimba band. They are on tour and coming to Brooklyn, thanks to our own Kevin Nathaniel Hylton. $15. Click here to register online.

Mark your calendars for our next SalSabor Saturday on July 21st!  Sign up early to get the early bird price – $13 with lesson, $10 without.  Click here to buy tickets.

May, 2012

SAVE THE DATE!

Check out these upcoming special classes & events:

Thursday, May 31 @ 7:30pm: Isolations & Body Movement with Lori Ana Perez

Friday, June 1 @ 8pm: An Evening of Performance and Praise: Music by Masauko Chipembre & Choreography by Jamie Philbert. Tickets are $15 in advance & $20 at the door. For tickets and information, call (215) 391-6017.

Saturday, June 2: BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Ismael Kouyate is teaching two West African dance workshops:

6:00-7:30pm – Beginner Level
7:30-9:00pm – Intermediate Level

Saturday, June 16: SalSabor Saturday returns! 7:30pm-12midnight. Join us for our monthly salsa social with a beginner lesson at 7:30pm, dancing to DJ “Mr. Ataca” J. Antonio, and performances by Cumbe and guest teachers. Save the date on your calendars – SalSabor will occur every 3rd Saturday of the month. $15 with lesson, $12 without.

Sunday, July 1 @ 8:00pm: Zimbabwe Marimba Dance Party! Get ready for an inspiring, booty-shaking dance party with the Polyphony Marimba band. They are on tour and coming to Brooklyn, thanks to our own Kevin Nathaniel Hylton. More details coming soon.

May, 2012

DanceAfrica is Here!

Chuck Davis’ 35th annual celebration of African and Diaspora Dance at the Brooklyn Academy of Music takes place this Memorial Day Weekend.

Be sure to stop by Cumbe’s table at the DanceAfrica Bazaar for free dance and drum demonstrations by M’Bemba Bangoura, Yesenia Selier, Noibis Licea, Franck Muhel, Daniel Fetecua, Danielle Lima, and more!

And pick up a flyer good for discounts this weekend (see left) as well as enter a drawing for free classes, T-shirts, and tote bags.

Our dance studio is also open all weekend and we have an exciting schedule of special classes – see it at left.

May, 2012

DanceAfrica is Coming!

Chuck Davis’ 35th annual celebration of African and Diaspora Dance at the Brooklyn Academy of Music takes place on Memorial Day Weekend.  Cumbe will have a table at the DanceAfrica Bazaar – be sure to stop by for dance and drum demonstrations!

This Saturday, May 19: Check out a HOT new class:

Agua! Afro-Caribbean Dance with Franck Muhel, Saturdays 4:30-6:00

Agua! Afro-Caribbean will energize and transport you to the tropics with dynamic, rhythmic steps based on Caribbean culture and folklore (Bele, Gro-Ka, Cuban, Soca, Calypso, Kudoro, Merengue, Zouk, Kompa, dance hall and more). Franck’s infectious energy will put a huge smile on your face while helping you stay in shape!

Please note that two classes will be cancelled on Saturday, May 19 because the instructors will be in the New York Dance Parade:  Afro-Colombian (formerly 3-4:30, starting next week at a new time: 2-3:30) and West African (3-4:30).  Daniel Fetecua will be teaching his Afro-Colombian class for free at the New York Dance Parade Dance Fest in Tompkins Square Park at 3:00 pm.

May, 2012

THANK YOU!

Thank you to Baba Chuck Davis, Juan de Dios and the members of Raices Profundas for inspiring and sharing their dancing and knowledge with us this past Saturday.  And thanks to all of you who came to the workshops and party, to everyone who spread the word, and to everyone who couldn’t come and sent your good wishes. You all made it a truly special day for Cumbe!

Funmilayo at Celebrate Brooklyn this Thursday!

This Thursday, May 17: Celebrate Brooklyn’s Brazilian Dance Party with a lesson by Funmilayo at 7pm and dancing to Nation Beat and Maracatu New York! (free)

http://www.bricartsmedia.org/events/celebrate-brooklyn-brazilian-dance-party

Save the Date for SalSabor – Cumbe’s next Salsa Social on Saturday, June 16!  Details coming soon.

New classes!

Afro-Contemporary with Fatima Logan: Tuesdays 11:30am-1pm

This class will start with a Vinyasa-style warm-up, then work on building strength and range through contemporary dance technique enhanced by the freedom of range, rhythmical astuteness, and percussive and intricate footwork characteristic of African dance. The class will culminate in a combination that blends African and Contemporary movement.

Isolations and Body Movement for Mambo with Lori Ana Perez  – Special Class on 3 Thursdays:  May 17, May 31, & June 7  7:30-9pm

Bring out the Latin “sabor” in your body to go with your footwork, and your dancing will never look the same. This class will train you to isolate and control every part of your body from your shoulders to your hips, and integrate these sophistocated movements into your Latin dancing. Body rolls, shoulder shimmies, and booty shaking will be a snap after this!

Agua – Afro-Caribbean Dance with Franck Muhel, Saturdays 4:30-6:00

Agua – Afro-Caribbean dance by Franck Muhel is a sequence of dynamic and rhythmic steps based on Caribbean culture and folklore (Bele, Gro-Ka, Cuban, Soca, Calypso, Kudoro, Merengue, Zouk, Kompa, dance hall and more). The class will make you happy and will help you stay in shape. It will also allow you to release and control your energy in a cheerful and tropical atmosphere.

 

May, 2012

SATURDAY, MAY 12 IS BIG!

WEEKEND SUBWAY ALERT FOR SATURDAY, MAY 12

Students, please take note of this weekend subway alert! There is work being done on several lines, so take one of these trains to get to Cumbe this weekend:

2/3 to Nevins St. (no 4 trains between Brooklyn Bridge and New Lots Ave., no 5 trains between Grand Central and Bowling Green)

Q/R to DeKalb Ave. (no service changes)

D/N/R to Atlantic Ave/Pacific (no service changes)

You can check the MTA website for details:

http://mta.info/weekender/stationview.html

May, 2012

Thursday, May 3 from 7:30-9:00pm: Special Congolese Master Class with Muisi-kongo Malonga!

Join us for a master class in traditional Congolese dance. Performed to the sounds of the ngoma, or traditional Congolese drum, Congolese dance encompasses a diversity of movements that the body rejoices in doing. Its movement style has an emphasis on grounded and syncopated movements, hip/torso/shoulder isolation, and polyrhthmic footwork.

Muisi-kongo Malonga is a phenomenal dancer, choreographer, and perfomer who was born into the world of Congolese dance and culture. She currently serves as the Artistic Director of Fua Dia Congo Performing Arts Company and is a member of the Congolese Dance and Drum Workshop executive board. She is a skilled instructor who teaches throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, most notably serving multiple terms as guest lecturer at Stanford University. The recipient of numerous grants and awards for her artistic work, she continues the rich cultural legacy begun by her parents.

Saturday, May 5 Fundraiser, 10:00 am to 1:30 pm: Dance Workshop in Benefit of Congo Brazzaville w/ Guest Teachers

The situation:

Congo is in need of our help.

On Sunday March 4, 2012 homes and buildings collapsed and flattened in the capital of the Republic of Congo after an arms depot exploded due to a short-circuit.  The resulting fire, the second since 2009, killed at least 300 people, injured around 1,500, and left 12,000 homeless. Many people were entombed and crushed under the rubble. The shock waves were so devastating that it ruptured windows in the neighboring capital of Kinshasa, which is separated from Brazzaville by the 3-mile-wide (4.8-kilometer-wide) Congo River. Now, months later, ground zero is still filled with twisted metal, broken bricks, disfigured homes, and the Congolese people are filled with disappointment, anger, and despair. The people from Mpila are homeless with nowhere to go, and are malnourished.

Come to a dance workshop to benefit the survivors of the explosion with the following teachers:

*Julio Jean*

Julio Jean is a renowned master Haitian dance teacher and choreographer with 20 years of experience. He worked directly with Katherine Dunham teaching traditional Haitian dance for her teacher trainings.

*Rujeko Dumbutshena*

Rujeko Dumbutshena is currently on faculty at Sarah Lawrence College teaching traditional African movement, and is an original ensemble dancer in the hit musical FELA!

*Eto’o Tsana*

Eto’o Tsana is a dancer, choreographer, and instructor of Congolese dance

*Funmilayo Chesney*

Funmilayo has been teaching Congolese dance for almost 20 years in New York City and is the director of F.U.S.H.A. Dance Company, founded in 1995

When: Saturday May 5, 2012

From: 10:00 – 1:30pm

Where: Cumbe Center for African and Diaspora Dance

558 Fulton Street 2nd floor

Brooklyn, NY 11217

Price: $ 30

(light snack after class)

Liberata Dance Theatre Inc. in association with The UCRC, United Communities for the Republic of Congo is a network of artist, teachers, friends, family, and community established to raise financial aid for the people devastated by the recent tragedy in The Republic of Congo. We aim to build awareness, and assist in the efforts to supply food, water, medical supplies, and any assistance that can be given to families who are now homeless. As a united family we are coming together from different regions of the US (East, West, North, and South) to devise a special fund-raiser that will not only benefit those in Congo Brazzaville, but build stronger alliances with the communities that already exist. A picture is worth a thousand words, but the mere comprehension of what HAS happened and what IS to come is unimaginable. TOGETHER! UNITED! WE CAN!

If you would like to contribute, like to attend, or have inquiries please contact:

Eto’o Tsana Email: congo_dancer@yahoo.com

More information and donation widget can also be found on the Facebook link:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-UCRC-United-Communities-for-the-Republic-of-Congo/115499551825547

Donation link:

http://www.networkforgood.org/pca/Badge.aspx?badgeId=115385

PLAYSPACE on Fridays, 9:30am to 1:00pm (Ages 1-4)! Pay-what-you-wish through June (suggested rate: $10/family)

INTRODUCTION TO SALSA (Absolute Beginner) with Cynthia La China on Sundays from 5:00-5:30 ($5). Learn the basic steps before the Beginner class from 5:30-6:30pm!

BOMBA Y PLENA with Alma Cruz is Pay What You Wish through June!
Saturdays from 1:30-3:00pm

 

April, 2012

Cumbe is honored to host Ifetayo’s Opening Art Reception and teach a Special Afro-Caribbean Dance Class this Friday, April 27! Come join in this special event with members of Ifetayo’s Youth Ensemble:

6:00-7:30pm – Afro-Caribbean Dance Class with Jamal Jackson and Lisa-Hazina Green ($8)

7:30-8:45pm – Visual Arts Reception, featuring the works of students from the following classes: Painting & Sketching Foundation, Painting & Sketching Beginner, and Jewelry Making (Beading).
To attend, please RSVP to rsvp@ifetayo.org.

All of the student artwork will be on display at Cumbe over the next month for you to enjoy!

For more information on Ifetayo, see their website at:
http://www.ifetayo.org/events/5th-annual-arts-exhibit.shtml

April, 2012

BOMBA Y PLENA with Alma Cruz is Pay What You Wish through June!
Saturdays 1:30-3:00pm

In Bomba, a folkloric dance that emerged from the blend of Taino, Spanish and African cultures in Puerto Rico, dancers will learn to respond to drummers and also challenge the drums, starting a conversation with their movements that the drummer answers in a call-and-response pattern. The playful Plena dance, called “the people’s newspaper,” tells stories in rhymes that reflect the thoughts, feelings and adventures of the people.  Come and let its simple and elegant rhythm inspire you to dance with carefree abandon. Teacher Alma Cruz is a choreographer, teaching artist, dancer, and actress, and has been performing since she was eleven years old. She is the founder and director of experimental dance ensemble AC & CO.

NEW OFFERINGS:

FAMILY ZUMBA (ages 7+) next Friday, April 27 from 5:30 PM – 6:30pm with Lisa-Hazina Green! (Pay What You Wish)

Cardio fun for the whole family!  Dance your way to a healthy mind and body with an exhilarating mix of Latin-inspired moves. Experience this full body workout with a family party vibe. Burn calories, lift your spirits and bond as your family moves to a fusion of Latin, international and popular music. Lisa-Hazina Green is a certified Pilates and Yoga Instructor as well as a gifted Dance Educator and Performer.

PLAYSPACE on Fridays, 9:30am to 1:00pm (Ages 1-4)! Pay-what-you-wish through June (suggested rate: $10/family)

Fun and enriching playspace time for children ages 1 – 4 with a parent or caregiver under the direction of an Early Childhood educator.

ZUMBA with Monica Ortiz Rossi on Fridays from 12:00 to 12:45

Get energized dancing to addictive Latin and world rhythms, and get a
full-body workout to boot! You’ll jam to an aerobic mix of moves
inspired by salsa, merengue, hip hop, West African, and other dance
styles from around the globe, and leave feeling refreshed and ready for
the weekend. Monica Ortiz Rossi is a certified Yoga and Zumba instructor
and has danced with Fusha Dance company and toured as a hip-hop and
contemporary dancer, television host, and singer. She enjoys giving
people the opportunity to freely and fully express themselves through
movement.

INTRODUCTION TO SALSA (Absolute Beginner) on Sundays from 5:00-5:30;  only $5.00

A 30-minute introductory class for absolute beginners who have no dance experience, are new to salsa, or claim to have two left feet!  Learn the basic steps to the beat of the clave and tumbao. You’ll learn basic body and hip movement, progressive and side basics, and right and left turns. New students are strongly encouraged to take this class before attending the 5:30pm Beginner/Advanced Beginner Salsa Footwork & Movement class.

 

 

March, 2012

New Classes and Workshop with Mabiba Baegne!

New Friday Lunchtime Class: ZUMBA with Monica Ortiz Rossi (12:00-12:45pm) starts Friday, April 6!

Saturday, April 7 at 10 am:  Introducing Bazooka with Will Villegas – work out to a mix of live drums, authentic cultural music and irresistible popular music (including Soca, Reggaeton, Samba, and Hip Hop).

Sunday, April 22 from 4:30-6:30pm: Traditional Congolese Dance & Song Workshop with Mabiba Baegne!

This special 2-hour workshop is the same price as a class ($15, class cards welcome)!

Class Description: With a focus on dances and songs from the Congo, you’ll be introduced to the elements of Central African dance styles
and traditional rhythms and learn about their influence on American dance forms. You’ll also gain a deeper understanding of the cultural context behind the dances, as well as the language created by the interaction of dance and drums.

About Mabiba Baegne: Mabiba Baegne was born in Brazzaville Congo
and initiated into dance by her grandparents at the age of eight. She joined the National Ballet of Congo at 18, and toured the world with them as a principal dancer for seven years. With a UNESCO grant, she went to Paris and studied different techniques: Graham, Dunham, and dance forms from Guinea, Mali, and Senegal. Mabiba toured with Les Grand Ballet d’Afrique Noir and Bolle Bantu, and also worked as an artistic director, choreographer, and teacher of dancing, drumming, and singing. She also worked and toured under master Djembe players Famoudou Konate and Mamady Keita. As a singer, she has toured with Salif Keita, Mamady Keita, and Samba Ngo. Mabiba was also the first female to teach traditional West African (Guinea) dunun drumming in the U.S.!

March, 2012

THIS WEEK AT CUMBE:

Pay What You Wish to Try:

Hip Hop w/Ray F. Davis: Tuesday, March 13 from 6:00-7:30pm

African Danz/Genics w/Ms. Taylor (Ages 13+): Sunday, March 18 from 3:00-4:30pm

Hip Hop w/Ray F. Davis: Take this art form to the stage or to a club using a repertoire of styles including popping, locking and breaking. You’ll enhance your dance skills and body articulation as you train in Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory’s signature BLADE Technique, which is designed to create a solid foundation for all movement. Hip hop music throughout the decades will provide the beats that motivate. Dancer and choreographer Ray F. Davis is the Associate Artistic Director of the Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory and the BLADE Academy, a Certified Teaching Artist with Dancing Classrooms, and a highly sought-after teacher and performer.

African Danz/Genics w/Ms. Taylor: With Live Drumming. Get energized with movements inspired by the rich cultural traditions of West Africa and the African Diaspora. Exercises will be used to develop and strengthen the body and scientific concepts will be taught to help increase endurance. African dance is a wonderful tool to instill confidence, discipline and character, and Master Teacher Ms. Taylor is a distinguished African dance movement specialist. She is the Founder of A Touch of Folklore and More Dance Company and has choreographed work for many companies including Ronald K. Brown’s Evidence, A Dance Company, The Charles Moore Dance Theater, and Paka Dance Company. Ms. Taylor has also performed at multiple venues including Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Teaching is her passion and she continues to enrich youth in the New York Metro Area schools through various Arts In Education Programs.

Come out and try something new!

WATCH CUMBE ON TV MARCH 8!

Cumbe will be featured on the TV show, “Neighborhood Beat,” today at 12:30pm & 8:30pm! Our TV episode debuts today and will re-run for the next 4 weeks.

You can tune into these channels:

Cablevision: Ch. 69
Time Warner: Ch. 56
RCN channel 84
and in all five boroughs: Verizon channel 44.

The show will re-broadcast on the following Tuesdays at 12:30pm & 8:30pm as well:

March 13
March 20
March 27
and April 3

In this episode, host Jeffori Terry is back in the historic neighborhoods of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill! In this exciting episode we’ll hang with singer/songwriter and Fort Greene resident Gordon Chambers and check out the joyful rhythms at Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance. Then Jeffori works on his “manscaping” at Adrian Fanus Grooming; before we partake of lush libations at Gnarly Vines on Myrtle Avenue. From Brooklyn Independent Television’s Neighborhood Beat: Fort Greene/Clinton Hill Ep 7, Original airdate: 3/8/12http://www.bricartsmedia.org/bit

This Week: Pay What You Wish for These 2 Classes!


Tango (Beginner) with Amanda Luken on Thursday, March 8 from 7:30-8:30pm
Bomba y Plena with Alma Cruz on Saturday, March 10 from 1:30-3:00pm

Tango (Beginner) w/Amanda Luken – Thursday, March 8 from 7:30-8:30pm

Learn the dance that makes simple walking look irresistible. You’ll get grounded in fundamental tango steps such as ochos and the woman’s cross, and learn the basics of leading and following. Special attention will be paid to the walk, the embrace, and the connection to the floor and to your partner.By the end, you’ll know enough to move around the dance floor successfully and attend your first milonga. No partner necessary (students rotate). Amanda Luken has been dancing almost all her life and has studied Argentine Tango for the past 8 years under Dardo Galletto, Karina Romero, Carlos De Chey, and multiple artists from Argentina.

Bomba y Plena w/Alma Cruz – Saturday, March 10 from 1:30-3:00pm

With Live Drumming. Bomba is a folkloric dance that emerged from the blend of cultures in Puerto Rico: that of the native Indians (called Tainos), Spaniards, and Africans. Bomba dancers will learn to respond to drummers and also challenge the drums, starting a conversation with their movements that the drummer answers in a call-and-response pattern. The playful Plena dance, called “the people’s newspaper,” tells stories in rhymes that reflect the thoughts, feelings and adventures of the people. Come and let its simple and elegant rhythm inspire you to dance with carefree abandon. Teacher Alma Cruz is a choreographer, teaching artist, dancer, and actress, and has been performing since she was eleven years old. She is the founder and director of experimental dance ensemble AC & CO.

REMEMBERING FRISNER AUGUSTIN

Our beloved teacher and master drummer Frisner Augustin has passed on.   Frisner touched the lives of many with his spirit and his lifelong dedication to playing, teaching and educating the world about  Vodou ritual drumming.  We will miss him terribly.

Cumbe extends our most heartfelt condolences to his family, Troupe Makandal, his friends and colleagues.

We are still collecting donations to help his family and friends with funeral and memorial costs.   You may give your donation at the studio (we have a box set up in the reception area).

To donate online through Cumbe, click on this link (or paste it into your browser): http://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ws.asp?studioid=16827&stype=-105. It will look as if you are enrolling in an event entitled ‘Support Frisner’ – it is not a real event, this was just the easiest way of setting up a donation mechanism.

Let us know if you have any questions and please share with your networks! And again, thank you in advance for your support.

CUMBE HAS AN UPDATED SCHEDULE OF EARLY CHILDHOOD CLASSES (AGES 1-5) & LOWER PRICES TO GO WITH THEM.

You can still sign up this week for the discounted 6-week Session Rate (February 27th – April 2nd). Thanks for everyone’s suggestions!

NEW PRICES:

$78 for a 6-week series = $13/class! Drop-in rate:$16

BOOM, BEEP, BOP! $96 for a 6-week series = $16/class! Drop-in rate:$20

UPDATED CLASS SCHEDULE:

TUESDAY

Creative Movement & Storytelling (18mos-2yrs) with Funmilayo 9:45-10:45am

Creative Movement & Storytelling (Early Walkers) with Funmilayo 11-12pm

*New Class* Uhuru – Free & Creative Movement (3-5yrs) with Jamie Philbert 4 – 5pm

WEDNESDAY

Uhuru – Free & Creative Movement (2-4yrs) with Jamie Philbert 9:45-10:45am

Ubuntu – Free & Creative Movement (2-3yrs) with Jamie Philbert 11-12pm

THURSDAY

BOOM, BEEP, BOP! Rhythm & Movement (2-4yrs) with Kimani Fowlin & Mike Ramsey  11:30-12:15pm

FRIDAY

Ubuntu – Free & Creative Movement (2-3yrs) with Jamie Philbert 10:30-11:30am

SATURDAY

*New Time* Footsteps – Creative Movement & Music (2-5yrs) with Lisa-Hazina Green 10:00-10:45am

SUNDAY

BOOM, BEEP, BOP! Rhythm & Movement (2-4yrs) with Kimani Fowlin & Mike Ramsey 11-11:45am

OUR NEW CYCLE OF DRUMMING WORKSHOPS STARTS THIS WEEK:

• West African Drumming with Vado Diomande: Monday, 6:00-7:15

• Shekere with Kevin Nathaniel Hylton: Monday, 7:45-9:45

• Haitian Drumming with members of Troupe Makandal: Thursday, 6:30-8:00

• Afro-Caribbean Percussion with Louis Bauzo: Friday, 6:00-7:30

This 7-week cycle will run from February 27 to April 15.  You may drop in to individual sessions or save money by registering for the full cycle!  Click on schedule buttons at lower left or ‘Classes and Events’ above for full details.

January, 2012

House Dance Comes to Cumbe and Wednesday’s Classes: Yoga, Creative Movement, West African, Contemporary, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Brazilian, Samba Drumming & West African Percussion (Sabar and Old Mali)!

Cumbe welcomes The House Dance Project’s Crucial Sessions (practice sessions for all levels, only $5) – Fridays in January! See Special Workshops and Events button on lower left for details.

For Wednesday: (Click on schedule buttons at lower left or ‘Classes and Events’ above for full details.)

  • Jamie Philbert: Creative Movement for ages 2-4 (drop-off) at 9:30 and for ages 2-4 (with adult) at 11:00
  • Ashley Dorr:  Vinyasa Yoga at 9:45 (Parents:  take a yoga class while your child takes Creative Movement next door!)
  • Malang Bayo:  West African at 12:00
  • Papa Sy:  Contemporary West African at 1:00
  • Steffanie White:  African Roots for ages 7-10 at 3:30 and for ages 11-14 at 4:30
  • Papa Sy:  Contemporary West African for ages 11-14 at 4:00
  • Philip Galinsky:  Samba Drumming for ages 13-17 at 5:00
  • Ronald K. Brown:  Contemporary at 6:00
  • Janete Silva:  Afro-Brazilian at 6:30
  • Baba Wali:  West African Percussion (Sabar and Old Mali) at 6:30
  • Baba Richard Gonzalez:  Afro-Caribbean and Orisha Dances at 7:30
  • Philip Galinsky:  Samba Drumming for adults at 7:45

 

 

 

January, 2012

Buzz From the Opening and Tuesday’s classes: W. African, Hip Hop, Congolese, Dunham & More!

The word about Cumbe is spreading:

Here are Tuesday’s classes: (click on schedule buttons at lower left  or ‘Classes and Events’ above for full details.)

  • Funmilayo:  Creative Movement for ages 3-5 at 9:30 and for early walkers at 11:00; and Congocise for adults at 12:00
  • Ashley Dorr:  Vinyasa Yoga at 9:45 
  • Carlos de Oliveira:  Samba, World Rhythms and Percussion for ages 6-12 at 4:00
  • Alma Cruz:  Afro-Caribbean Dance Exposure for ages 9-12 at 4:30
  • Mariama Camara:  West African at 6:00
  • Ray F. Davis:  Hip Hop at 6:30
  • Funmilayo:  Traditional and Contemporary Congolese at 7:30
  • Steffanie White:  Dunham Technique at 7:30

Contact us at (718) 935-9700 or info@cumbedance.com with any questions!

 

 

January, 2012

Full Program Starts Today – Jan 9!

The off-the-charts energy from our grand opening continues today with the following all-star teachers (see full details by clicking on schedule buttons on the lower left or Classes and Events above):

  • Jamie Philbert: Creative Movement for ages 2-3 at 11:00 and adults at 12:30
  • Cynthia La China: Salsa – NY Style for ages 7-10 at 3:30 and 11-14 at 4:30
  • Vado Diomande:  West African Dance for ages 7-10 at 4:00 and adults at 8:00; and West African Drumming for adults at 6:15
  • Pat Hall:  Afro-Caribbean Dance and Movement at 6:00
  • Kim Elliott:  Hip Hop at 7:00
  • Danielle Lima:  Samba/Afro-Brazilian at 7:30
  • Kevin Nathaniel Hylton:  Shekere at 7:30

Call us at (718) 935-9700 or email us at info@cumbedance.com if you have any questions!

 

January, 2012

DON’T MISS OUR GRAND OPENING WITH TWO DAYS OF FREE CLASSES WITH WONDERFUL TEACHERS!

All Classes and Events are Free!  Don’t miss this fabulous opportunity to try out our incredible array of styles and teachers.

Saturday, January 7th:

9:30 am to 5:00 pm – Classes for children, teens and adults.

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm – Live concert and dance party with Brown Rice Family, fresh from their new release, playing their unique brand of world roots music.  DJs Belinda Becker and Fabrizio will be spinning world, afro-beat, salsa, reggae, r&b, hip-hop and more.  Together, they will keep you moving and grooving!

Sunday, January 8th:

10:45 to 4:00 pm – Classes for children, teens and adults.

Please arrive 15-20 minutes early for classes to register and change if necessary.  Wear comfortable clothes that allow you to move freely.

Cumbe is very easy to get to – we’re located at 558 Fulton Street, right off Flatbush Avenue and close to many major subway and bus lines.  Click here for directions.

Regular classes for children, teens and adults will start on Monday, January 9.

December, 2011

Give The Gift of Dancing and Drumming With The Best At Cumbe!

Click here to purchase a gift certificate.

Give your loved ones a special gift this holiday season – the gift of dancing with some of New York City’s best African and diaspora dance and drum teachers!  You can buy gift cards in any amount and options are available for everyone on your gift list.

Thank you to everyone who came out to Cumbe during our December preview!  Please note that after listening to you, we have lowered our opening prices.  Check out our new price list here.

Happy, Happy Holidays!

TAKE DANCE & DRUM CLASSES THIS WEEK WITH RONALD K. BROWN, FUNMILAYO, PAPA SY, PHILIP GALINSKY, FRISNER AUGUSTIN AND MORE!

Tuesday (12/20): Samba drumming with Philip Galinsky from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.; Congolese Dance with Funmilayo from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Wednesday (12/21): Contemporary West African with Papa Sy from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. for adults and 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.  for ages 11-14; Contemporary with Ronald K. Brown from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Thursday (12/22): Zumba with Ayahna Nubian from 11:30 a.m – 12:30 p.m.; Tango Connection and Balance at 6:00 p.m., Beginner Tango at 7:00 p.m. and Adv. Beginner Tango at 8:00 p.m. with Amanda Luken (each 1 hour); and Haitian Drumming with Frisner Augustin from 5:00 – 6:00 pm for ages 8+ and 6:30 – 8:00 p.m for adults.

Friday (12/23): Yoga from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. and Zumba from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. with Lisa-Hazina Green

For December Only:  Friday night Zumba is free and all other classes are $13!

Click here for details!

BAILA BROOKLYN! HOLIDAY SALSA SOCIAL

Saturday, Dec. 17, 9pm-2am

Unleash that holiday spirit on the dance floor and inaugurate our new studio with its first salsa social, with music from DJ Babaloo (of South Street Seaport, Session 73, & Solas)! We’ll be spinning classic salsa plus some cha cha, bachata, & merengue to keep you on your feet. Admission is $10 (cash accepted at door). Come early to nosh on festive snacks. We’ll have drinks for sale, and a water fountain.

See who’s coming on our Facebook event page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/240720805990428/

TAKING SPIRIT TIME:  THE VODOU DRUMS OF HAITI

Join Master Drummer Frisner Augustin of Port-au-Prince and ethnomusicologist Lois Wilcken for this participatory demonstration of three of the principal drumming styles of Vodou on Sunday, 12/11 from 6:00 to 7:30. Everyone will get a chance to sing and some audience members will also get an opportunity to try their hand at some of the drum rhythms. Dr. Lois Wilcken will briefly frame the styles with historical and cultural context. All levels are welcome.  Suggested donation:  $10.

OUR FULL SCHEDULE IS UP AND ONLINE REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

Click on the buttons on the lower left to view the schedules for both our December preview and our full offering of classes which will start on January 9th.

There is something for everyone – here are some of December’s highlights:

Adult classes will include Salsa with Jeni Breen; beginning West African with Jamal Jackson; Afro-Haitian with Julio Jean; Sabar with N’deye Gueye and Mama Andara; Bomba y Plena with Alma Cruz; Afro-Colombian with Daniel Fetecua; Congolese with Funmilayo; and Contemporary with Ronald K. Brown.

Drummers – take West African drumming with Vado Diomande, Shekere with Kevin Nathaniel Hylton, Haitan drumming with Frisner Augustin and Samba percussion with New York Samba’s Philip Galinsky

Children will have fun with Lisa-Hazina Green’s classes – Footsteps (for 2-5 year olds and their parents) and Good Boogie (a Hip Hop class for 7-9 year olds) and Cynthia La China’s Salsa classes.

• And Teens, try out Hip Hop with Nabowire Stokes and King Aus; Contemporary West African with Fatima Logan, and African Danz/Genics with Ms. Wilhelmena Taylor!

Our newly renovated studios, easily accessible by bus and subway, have beautiful hardwood sprung floors, large picture windows that welcome the sun, soft white lofty ceilings, and sassy red and orange tiled locker rooms. We look forward to welcoming you there soon!

 

October, 2011

Cumbe Will Open On January 7th and 8th!

We are delighted to announce that Cumbe will officially open its doors on Saturday, January 7th and Sunday, January 8th.  We will celebrate our opening with two full days of free dance and percussion classes for children, teens and adults.  Don’t miss this fabulous opportunity to try out our incredible array of styles and teachers for free!

And that’s not all.  Cumbe will throw a sizzling dance party on Saturday night, featuring Brown Rice Family, fresh from their new release, playing their unique brand of world roots music.  Jamaican-born DJ Belinda Becker will be spinning her soulful sounds, including world, afro-beat, reggae, r&b, and hip-hop music.  Together they will keep you moving and grooving!

Regular classes for children, teens and adults will start on Monday, January 9. We have a wonderful range of dance and percussion classes lined up.  There will be something for everyone:  movement classes for parents and toddlers, drop-off classes for 4- and 5-year olds, afterschool classes for school-age children and teenagers, yoga and fitness classes for adults and of course, a full range of African and diaspora dance and percussion classes from some of the finest teachers in the city – Pat Hall, Ron Brown, Youssouf Koumbassa, Baba Richard Gonzalez, Julio Jean, Peniel Guerrier, Danielle Lima, Funmilayo, Malang Bayo, N’Deye Gueye, Louis Bauzo, Frisner Augustin, Kevin Nathaniel Hylton and more!  Check back in November to see the full schedule!

Can’t wait til January?  In December, we will be offering an exciting set of introductory pre-opening workshops – we’ll post those details in November as well.

May, 2011

Cumbe Dance at BAM’s DanceAfrica Bazaar

Thank you
Thanks to all of you who stopped by our booth at DanceAfrica over the Memorial Day weekend! It was a wonderful three days – we really enjoyed meeting so many people who are excited about our dance and percussion classes. And to the winners of our daily raffles – we will contact you shortly to send you your Cumbe t-shirt or 5-class card. See you soon at Cumbe!

Our tees are available for men and women

We will be at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s DanceAfrica Bazaar throughout the Memorial Day Weekend. Stop by to say hello, meet some of our teachers and enter a daily raffle to win a 5-class card or our beautiful Pima cotton Cumbe t-shirt! Our booth will in the parking lot near Ashland Place and Fulton Street – Lot #3, Booth #30.

Sign up for our mailing list to receive a free class and get information on Cumbe’s get-to-know-us events this summer and grand opening in the fall!

Interested in renting our space?
Our space at 558 Fulton Street, newly renovated with beautiful wood floors and tons of light, will be available for studio and event rentals in Fall 2011. Are you a dance or art institution that needs space for classes or workshops? Do you need a fun space for a birthday party? Contact Jimena Martinez.

Interested in teaching at Cumbe?
We are currently looking for teachers for both adult and children’s classes in drumming and dances from Africa and its diaspora. Please contact Dominique Bravo
.