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24th Annual Dance Africa

May 09, 2011 08:30PM ● By Anonymous


The vitality and richness of African culture pulsates through DC this summer with the 24th annual DanceAfrica, DC celebration May 30 – June 5, 2011.  Dance Place is proud to present Santiago de Cuba based Ballet Folklórico Cutumba in their premiere appearance in Washington, DC as part of the DanceAfrica, DC festival. The company’s United States engagement is in partnership with NYC’s Sí Cuba! Festival and the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s DanceAfrica celebration.

Ballet Folklórico Cutumba was founded in the city of Santiago de Cuba in 1960. The 25-member company is dedicated to the research and professional performance of traditional Afro-Cuban dance, music, and song originating in the Oriente region of Cuba. Cutumba’s work recreates key elements at the heart of Afro-Cuban identity while adding the company’s own fresh interpretation through theatricality and costume design.

The vibrancy of African heritage can be experienced at DanceAfrica, DC through dance, music, visual arts, food, clothing and crafts. Through master classes, a performance series and an African Marketplace, DanceAfrica, DC promotes a greater understanding of African culture and illuminates its importance to this city and the nation. The week-long festival is led by the legendary Chuck Davis, Founder and Artistic Director of the African American Dance Ensemble.


DanceAfrica, DC 2011 includes:

•        Master Classes:  May 30 – June 5

•        Pre-performance Festivities: June 4-5

Mini African-style Marketplace Noon to Sunset

Pre-performance outdoor dance demonstrations & free open classes:

1:00pm: Granetta Coleman, HoopDance

4:00pm: Vaunita Goodman, Belly Dance

7:00pm: DC Casineros, Salsa

Indoor Performances: June 4-5

June 4 at 2pm: Coyaba Dance Theater & Ballet Folklórico Cutumba

June 4 at 5pm: Village Celebration with Coyaba Dance Theater

June 4 at 8pm: KanKouran West African Dance Company & Ballet Folklórico Cutumba

June 5 at 2pm: Ezibu Muntu & Ballet Folklórico Cutumba

June 5 at 5pm: Village Celebration with Coyaba Dance Theater

June 5 at 8pm: Farafina Kan & Ballet Folklórico Cutumba

For a complete schedule of classes and performances, visit

Participating artists include: Griot Baba Chuck Davis, Ballet Folklórico Cutumba, KanKouran West African Dance Company, Farafina Kan, Sankofa Dance Theater, Ezibu Muntu, DC Casineros and Coyaba Dance Theater.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Giant Food, Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Marpat Foundation and the many foundations & individuals that support Dance Place and our NEXTgeneration programs. Presented in partnership with BAM: The Brooklyn Academy of Music. Media Sponsor: The Washington Informer.


What: DanceAfrica, DC 2011

When: May 30 – June 5, 2011

Where: Dance Place, 3225 8th St., NE 20017; Two blocks from Redline Brookland/CUA Metro stop


$20 in advance by 5pm Friday, June 3

$25 after 5pm Friday, June 3

$10 ages 17 and under

*As part of our Family Series, reserve 1 FREE ticket for a child 12 and under with each paying adult.



$5 General Admission

Free for children



$25 in advance by 5pm Friday, June 3

$30 after 5pm Friday, June 3

$10 ages 17 and under


To purchase tickets, call 202-269-1600 or visit