Guest Artist Idy Ciss Visits for West African Dance Workshop

Posted Jan 20th, 2009 by Allison Kodeih  Category: Arts & Entertainment, Toledo.com


ALMA is proud to bring Idy Ciss, from the Muntu Dance Theatre Chicago, to Toledo this weekend to provide a workshop for the public, as well as, work with ALMA Drum & Dance. The workshop is open to the public, no experience is necessary, all levels of dancers welcome. The workshop will take place at the Performer’s School of Dance, 6801 W Central, at 1:30pm, January 24th, 2009. Cost of the workshop is $25 at the door, and $20 in advance. Registration is requested.

Further details of this one day event are listed below, along with details of ongoing ALMA classes.

Guest Workshop:
“Authentic West African Dance Workshop” featuring Idy Ciss
Saturday January 24th, 2009 ~ 1:30pm-3:30pm
Performers School of Dance, 6801 W Central Ave, Toledo OH 43617
This workshop features dance instruction by Idy Ciss, Senegalese dancer, and consultant, choreographer, and principal dancer of Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago. Open to all dancers “for exercise and creative dance movement”. Cost of this 2-hour workshop is $20 in advance, or $25 at the door. Pre-register by calling 419-381-2755.

Idy Ciss comes to us from Senegal, West Africa as a member of the African Ballets Silingbo of Adeyan. He is currently residing in Chicago, Illinois. Idy is an assistant of Muntu Dance Company offering his expertise as a consultant, choreographer and principal dancer. Idy also teaches dance classes at Old Town School of Folk Music, Gallery 37, and various locations in Chicago. Idy is blessed with his natural ability to dance since the age of five from the influence of his grandparents.

ALMA Classes:
“Soul Djembe Drumming” with Yaya Kabo
Sunday Afternoons, January 4th thru January 25th, 2009 @ 12:30pm
Performers School of Dance, 6801 W Central Ave, Toledo OH 43617
Classes are $25 per session or $75 for all four classes prepaid. Pre-register by calling 419-381-2755. Held @ the Performers School of Dance (www,performersschoolofdance.org).

ALMA Artistic Director and Senegalese Master Drummer Yaya Kabo will provide a 4-week series of classes for all students of djembe drumming. Exercise hand coordination while learning traditional West African rhythms. Everyone welcome… beginner to advanced.

“Intro to West African Dance”
Tuesday Evenings @ Integration Yoga Studio
January 13th thru February 3rd, 2009 ~ 7pm – 8:15pm
Integration Yoga Studio, 4633 West Bancroft St, Toledo OH 43606
These popular classes are $10 per individual session, but with pre-registration, four classes are only $35. Participants are encouraged to pre-register by calling, 419-A-OM-YOGA (266-9642).

Fun, fitness and art in every session ~ start the year off on the right foot!
The class is instructed by ALMA Drum & Dance Director, Allison Kodeih, and features a warm up, and traditional dance technique, along with, live drumming. No experience is necessary and all are welcome. Children with adults are welcome, and group discounts are available.

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