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About Our Programs



DanceAfrica celebrates the cultural vitality of Africa and its diaspora through dance, art, film, and an outdoor bazaar.


After more than 30 years, DanceAfrica is BAM's longest running program and one of America's largest and most vibrant celebrations of African and African-American dance, music, and culture. Created in 1977 to heighten awareness of African culture, the festival has evolved into a high-spirited celebration that brings the entire community together. Under the artistic direction of Founding Elder Chuck Davis, DanceAfrica features performances by traditional and contemporary dance companies from Africa and its diaspora at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House. This week-long annual spring festival offers a range of dance and music performances, master classes, and the one-and-only DanceAfrica outdoor bazaar, a global marketplace for African, African-American, and Caribbean arts, crafts, and food featuring over 200 vendors and attracting up to 30,000 visitors per year. Students of BAM/Restoration DanceAfrica Ensemble also perform.

DanceAfrica takes place in May, around Memorial Day, as part of the Winter/Spring Season.

DanceAfrica 2015

The nation’s largest African dance festival returns, celebrating Afro-Brazilian dance.

May 16—May 25, 2015
DanceAfrica 2014

BAM’s annual festival of African dance welcomes Madagascar-based troupe Bakomanga.

May 17—May 26, 2014
DanceAfrica 2013

The nation’s largest African dance festival welcomes Umkhathi Theatre Works from Zimbabwe.

May 17—May 27, 2013
DanceAfrica 35 Years

DanceAfrica, a vibrant celebration of Africa and the diaspora, celebrates 35 years.

May 18—May 28, 2012