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DanceAfrica 2015

 
 
May 16—May 25, 2015
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The nation's largest festival dedicated to African dance returns for its 38th year, bringing together performance, art, film, and an array of community events for an exhilarating celebration of culture from Africa and its diaspora.

This year's edition celebrates Brazil, tracing the transatlantic roots of the country's vibrant music and dance traditions. Headlined by Afro-Brazilian dance troupe Balé Folclórico da Bahia, 2015 marks the last year that Baba Chuck Davis will lead the festival as Artistic Director.

Catch Balé Folclórico da Bahia and select New York dance troupes in the annual Memorial Day weekend performances. And don't miss the one-and-only outdoor bazaar, FilmAfrica, and many other events. Ago! Amee!


 
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Iconic BAM Artists
Chuck Davis
 

Chuck Davis is one of the foremost teachers and choreographers of traditional African dance in America.

 
 
Artists
BAM/Restoration DanceAfrica Ensemble
 

BAM/Restoration DanceAfrica Ensemble celebrates ancestral roots and the modern-day community.

 
 
Artists
Balé Folclórico da Bahia
 

This 32-member troupe is the only professional folk dance company in Brazil.

 
 
Artists
Abdel R. Salaam
 

Abdel R. Salaam is the Artistic Director Designate for DanceAfrica.

 
 
PAST EVENTS
Dance
DanceAfrica 2015
 

DanceAfrica 2015 welcomes Balé Folclórico da Bahia, tracing the African roots of Brazil’s dance.

May 22—May 25, 2015
½ price for kids <16
 
 
Sold Out
 
Film Series
FilmAfrica
 

This cinematic companion to BAM’s DanceAfrica celebrates the best in African film.

May 22—May 25, 2015
 
 
Neighborhood
DanceAfrica 2015 Bazaar
 

Vendors from around the world transform Fort Greene into a global marketplace. 

May 23—May 25, 2015
RAIN OR SHINE!
 
 
Free
Music
JUMP N FUNK with Rich Medina and The Marksmen
 

Jump N Funk is North America’s original Afrobeat party dedicated to icon Fela Kuti.

Sat, May 23, 2015
 
 
Free
Classes
African Dance Master Class
 

Nildinha Fonseca and company percussionists lead this Afro-Brazilian dance workshop.

Mon, May 25, 2015
 
 
Sold Out
 
Classes
Family African Dance Workshop
 

A family dance class with Baba Chuck Davis and Nildinha Fonseca (Balé Folclórico da Bahia).

Mon, May 25, 2015
All Ages
 
 
Sold Out
 
Neighborhood
Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Events
 

A community welcome featuring performances by students from the BAM Education program.

Sat, May 16, 2015
 
 
Free
Neighborhood
Tribute to the Ancestors
 

Baba Chuck Davis guides this annual tribute to those who have passed on.

Sat, May 16, 2015
 
 
Free