DanceAfrica, Miami Presented by Delou Africa's 9th annual African Diaspora Dance & Drum Festival of Florida (ADDDFF)
Delou Africa, Inc
The festival expands cultural engagement through a variety of program components for the entire family. Participants enjoy African, contemporary and Caribbean dance, drum and music workshops, yoga, the Better Living Health Fair, a symposium, beach events, an artisan marketplace, and a free Children's Village featuring movements, rhythms, arts & crafts, African folktale, and a back to school book bag give-away. This year’s festival theme is Masqueradology,” the journey of the mask” depicted through folklore, dance, drum, music, steelpan and stiltdancing that focuses on masquerade traditions of the Africa Diaspora.
Master teachers include Marie Basse-Wiles (Senegal Dance), Youssoouf Koumbasa (Guinea Dance), Dijian Tie (Ivory Coast Dance), Marisol Blanco (Afro-Cuban Dance), Nancy St. Léger (Haitian Dance), Fode Bangoura (Guinea Drum), Aboubacar Sylla (Guinea Drum), Anita Macbeth (Yoga), Shelia Alexander (U.S.A. Shekere), Ashlee Thomas (U.S.A. Twerk Out Work Out) Ibhahima Dioubate (Balafon), Mamadouba Camara (Guinea Drum), Samba Guisse and Mamadou Guisse (Senegal Drum), Mangue Sylla (Guinea Drum), Aboubacar Soumah (Guinea Drum),
DanceAfrica Miami Concert Extravaganza, hosted by Mohamed DaCosta, professor of West African Folklore Dance and Music from the University of Florida. The concert will feature fashions by “All Over Africa” and performances by Next Generation Dance Academy and Edwin Holland Dance Ensemble, Delou Africa Dance Ensemble, Sikan Afro-Cuban Dance Project, Nancy St. Leger Danse Ensemble, African Watoto (Children’s) Dance Theatre, and the West African Drum & Dance Collective. These talented, national and local renowned artists will perform on DanceAfrica, Miami’s main concert stage which is historically sold out.