Dance Africa 2023
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Except May 21, 2023.
Also on May 22, 2023.
The nation’s largest festival dedicated to African diasporic dance and music returns to the stages and streets of Brooklyn for its 46th year, with traditional Ghanian dance and music from the National Dance Company of Ghana.
Plus, the DanceAfrica Spirit Walkers return, along with the beloved RestorationArt Dance Youth Ensemble.
Tribute to the Ancestors
Sat, May 20 at 10am
Weeksville Heritage Center (158 Buffalo Avenue)
Free and open to the public
In partnership with Weeksville Heritage Center and under the guidance of artistic director Abdel R. Salaam and the DanceAfrica Council of Elders, this traditional tribute to those who have passed features music and drumming, dance performances, and a libation ceremony conducted by the DanceAfrica Council of Elders.
Sat, May 20 at 1pm
Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza (1368 Fulton Street)
Free and open to the public
Dance Africa weekend kicks off with the annual community welcome. This year's program celebrates The Billie Holiday Theatre and RestorationART’s 26th year participating in Dance Africa. Performances by special guest artists, current students of the Youth Arts Academy, members of the Pre-Professional Program, and more are scheduled.
DanceAfrica 2023 Bazaar
Sat, May 27, 12—10pm; Sun, May 28 & Mon; May 29, 12—8pm
Ashland Pl/ Lafayette Ave.
DanceAfrica's popular bazaar returns, featuring more than 150 vendors from around the world offering African, Caribbean, and African American food, crafts, and fashion. Celebrate Africa and its diaspora's rich and diverse cultural heritage—and see the streets surrounding BAM transformed into a global marketplace.
DanceAfrica Community Workshop
Sat. May 27 at 11am
Brooklyn Bridge Park (Pier 6 Liberty Lawn)
Free with registration - All ages
Caregivers and children alike deepen their engagement with DanceAfrica in this fun-filled, outdoor workshop led by BAM teaching artist and performance art education scholar Dánice Jones on Ghanaian movement and music fundamentals. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. Visit brooklynbridgepark.org/danceafrica/ to register.
DanceAfrica Family Workshop
Co-presented by BAM and Mark Morris Dance Group
Mon, May 29 at 10am
Mark Morris Dance Center (3 Lafayette Ave)
Tickets: $12 adults; $15 family of two; $20 family of three; $25 family of four - All ages
The National Theater of Ghana's National Dance Company invites caregivers and children to explore the fundamentals of Ghanaian dance movement and music in this fun-filled, hands-on workshop. Space is limited; pre-registration is required.
DanceAfrica Physically Integrated Movement Workshop
Co-presented by BAM and Mark Morris Dance Group Led by Pat Hall
Mon, May 29 at 11am
Studio B Mark Morris Studio (Mark Morris Dance Center 3 Lafayette Ave)
Tickets: In-Person: $12; Virtual: $10
Dancer, choreographer, and teacher Pat Hall leads this inclusive, interactive class designed for persons with or without disabilities. Choose to participate in person at the Mark Morris Dance Center or through livestream, and discover how African and diasporic dance forms celebrate community and aspects of daily life, providing a unique window into the culture, history, and traditions of its people.
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