West African Drum & Dance Class Session 1
Saturdays, Jan 11- Feb 1
Drum, 9:30-10:30am | Dance, 10:30am-11:30am
Istructors: Christian Sun, Hannah Kogan and guest instructors
Location: Blue Heron dance studio
$120 both (4 sessions) or
$60 drum only (4 sessions) or
$60 dance only (4 sessions) or
$15 adult drop in/ $5 youth (cash or check only)
Location: Blue Heron Upstairs Studio
DRUM CLASS: Amazing opportunity to study both West African balafon and djembe drum music from Guinea West Africa. Suitable for all levels of musician from beginner to advanced professional. Drums and balafon can be available upon request. Please let us know in advance. The drummers will have the opportunity to play for the dance class following drum instruction.
DANCE CLASS: Find the joy of movement mixed with the complexity of rhythm in a dance class studying traditional and contemporary dances from Guinea and Benin. Live, African drumming fuels an energy that is palpable, passionate, and fun. The class is open to all levels and beginners are specifically encouraged to join. In the cultures where these dances originate, everyone dances (not simply “dancers”),and so the movements can be modified to accommodate all those inspired to join.
Hannah Kogan began her African dance studies in 2001, starting with Mohamed DaCosta at the University of Florida. While living in Seattle and Albuquerque, Hannah performed with African Dance troupes Denbaya (Manimou Camara), Ballet Kouyate (Assane Kouyate), and Gansango (Etienne Cakpo). Along with her training in these traditional forms of dance, Hannah grew up with rigorous study in classical ballet, jazz, and modern. Injuries young in life led her to pilates and Ortho-bionomy®️, and she owns Lux Collective in Seattle and Studio Lux on Vashon. She continues to dance and perform in Seattle and hopes to bring Seattle’s amazing African artists to Vashon to guest teach as well.
Guest instructor Naby Camara, master balafon player from Guinea, West Africa, is a two-time recipient of the Juno Award for best Global Album.
As a guardian of centuries-old traditions Naby comes from a lineage of persons known in West Africa as griots. Thus, in addition to being trained as a master musician, Naby also knows the stories and histories of his people. He is a treasure of talent and a great opportunity to learn and share in this special music.
For questions or help with registration, please call 206-259-3005