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4/23/2012 8:07:00 AM
African Drum & Dance Workshops with Ibou
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• What: Senegalese Sabar Drum and Dance Workshops

• When: Prescott: Monday, April 30, 5:30-6:45 (drum) 7:00-8:30 (dance)

Flagstaff: Tuesday, May 1, 6-7:30 p.m. (dance)

Sedona: Saturday, May 5, 1-2:30 p.m. (drum) and 3-4:30 p.m. (dance)

• Where: Prescott - Granite Performing Arts Center, 218 B North Granite Street

Flagstaff - FALA Dance Studio, 3401 North Fort Valley Road

Sedona - Light Body Pilates, Dance, & Fitness, 2050 Yavapai Drive

• How Much: $15 for one or $25 for two

• Info: Bob Wachunas 928-271-5576 or, website:

Arizona Dunun Ensemble is pleased to present the return of a gifted drummer, dancer, and teacher, Ibrahima "Ibou" N'gom, for drum and dance workshops in Sedona, Flagstaff, and Prescott, Arizona. This is going to be a real treat for anyone interested in traditional African drumming and dance.

"Sabar" is a traditional dance from Senegal, West Africa, and incorporates feelings of feminine sensuality and flirtatiousness. Men dance Sabar too, and their style is more playful and acrobatic, and less flirtatious than the woman's style. It is a dance of expression that uses every part of the body, from the arms and legs to the eyes. Sabar dance consists of combinations that are less weighted to the ground than other styles, and incorporates lots of hip twisting, jumping, arm swinging, high knee lifting, and slapping the floor with your feet. Traditional Sabar dancing is often performed at celebrations, such as weddings and baby-naming ceremonies and is always accompanied by the beat of Sabar drums. Sabar dancing is very fun and highly energetic, making it a great from of exercise.

Ibou N'gom is a native of Senegal, West Africa and has been a resident of Santa Cruz, Calif., for the past six years. Born into a Griot family of traditional musicians, he has been carrying on his family musical lineage since childhood. Ibou facilitates community drumming and dancing with adults and students of all ages. He has worked with and performed for elementary though high school students, at-risk youth, and university students; and his patient and friendly teaching style makes him a popular teacher. Ibou toured with two prominent Senegalese dance companies, the 2nd National Ballet of Senegal and the Ballet Sinomew before coming to the Unites States seven years ago. Since then he has been working to share his native culture's music and dance traditions with U.S. audiences and especially with new students.

Extra drums will be available to borrow, and please bring a sabar, djembe, or conga drum if you have one. Dancers should wear loose and comfortable clothing. Dancing is done barefoot and with a smile. There is no pressure to dance "perfectly," so this will be a great opportunity for beginner and aspiring dancers to try something traditional in a fun and relaxed setting. Experienced dancers will also benefit from this opportunity to learn some new songs, steps, and combinations.

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