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Dance Africa
“There is, literally, no other dance celebration quite like it.”
—Amsterdam News
DanceAfrica 2020
DanceAfrica 2020
Artistic Director Abdel R. Salaam
Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, and out of consideration for the health of our audiences, staff, and artists, DanceAfrica on May 22—25 has been canceled.

DanceAfrica is one of the most beloved programs at BAM, and we are deeply saddened to cancel this festival for the first time in its 42 years of existence. We are grateful for the hard work and contributions of Artistic Director Abdel R. Salaam and all of our program partners: the Council of Elders, the Candle Bearers, RestorationArt, Weeksville Heritage Center, DanceAfrica Bazaar vendors, and Mark Morris Dance Group. We look forward to working together again to present DanceAfrica next year, at a time when the community can come together safely.

All ticket holders will receive a refund via the original method of payment; no further action is needed. If you haven’t received your refund yet, please consider donating your ticket to BAM and help the arts continue to thrive during these challenging times. Contact BAM Ticket Services at

For updates on BAM’s programming and operations in light of this evolving situation, visit our BAM Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates page.

A Message from Artistic Director Abdel R. Salaam

Peace and Blessings Family,­

DanceAfrica is not just a festival or an annual event. It is a timeless, fantastic voyage of culture and creativity. It is a consciousness centered in the voices, visions, and inspiration of our ancestors, the people of Africa and the African diaspora. While its crown of expression has always been at BAM, the spirit of DanceAfrica has no boundaries, and will always find its way to the people. Today there are countless workshops and African dance and music classes being taught online by devotees. The absence of this year's festival is simply a pause that, if seen through a different lens, will enable us as a family to move through this moment of darkness, regenerate, and rise again next year. The best is yet to come!­

Health, prosperity, peace, and blessings to you and your loved ones,­
Baba Abdel R. Salaam

The nation’s largest festival dedicated to African dance and music returns for its 43rd year. Under the leadership of artistic director Abdel R. Salaam, we join together with the entire community to honor the cultural traditions of Africa and its diaspora, spotlighting a new country every year. In addition to the mainstage performances on the Opera House stage, join us for a full weekend of activities, including an art exhibition, dance workshops, the annual FilmAfrica series, and an array of community events, including the one-and-only DanceAfrica Bazaar.
“Throughout the African diaspora, dance has often been a reflection of our cultural, socio-political, and economic experience as it is and a vision of what it can be.”
—Abdel R. Salaam
This year we celebrate the rich movement and dance traditions of Burkina Faso, featuring Ballet Traditionnel du Burkina Faso alongside the return of the DanceAfrica Spirit Walkers and the beloved RestorationArt Dance Youth Ensemble.
Tue Jan 28
BAM Patrons & Members
Premium orchestra seats available to BAM Patrons and Level 5 BAM Members (even for sold out shows). Contact BAM Patron Services at 718.636.4182 for more information. Please note: Each person, regardless of age, must have a ticket to attend BAM programs. Lap seating will not be permitted without a ticket. 

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“This festival heals, pumps up, and moves one to tears.”
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