Teranga Children's Festival

For: Studio at 550
Cambridge, MA
Organizer: Papa Sy
Teranga Children's Festival (Studio at 550)
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Master Teacher, Papa Sy, founding of the Pasy Naay Leer Dance  Company  is offering a  two day Senegalese dance festival for families  at [email protected]  Using the theme of a Senegalese village, the  festival would kick off with families gathered around an imaginary  baobab tree to hear about the origins of Senegalese dance, rhythm and  song.  Children and families would then enjoy 2-3 dance classes – each  class would focusing on a different style of dance.  In addition to  learning the basic movements and rhythms of the style, participants  would learn where the dance is from, which ethnic group it belongs to,  and what the dance’s function is.  Other festival elements  might  include film, an exhibition of traditional Senegalese clothes, and  traditional African food or juices.  The festival would end under the  baobab tree, with a dance performance highlighting the styles we learned  about during the festival.

In efforts to make the festival free for all to attend, we need to cover the administrative, permitting, and tangible costs associated with producing a festival.  We are asking for donations (small and large) that will be used exclusively for the purpose of this years' festival and hopefully will enable us to expand this to an annual festival.

Papa  Sy is a dancer, choreographer, and dance teacher from Senegal, and the  principal member of 5 Dimension Company. After professional dance  training in Senegal’s National Dance Academy, Papa Sy joined Germain   Acogny’s Écoles des Sables and Jant-Bi dance company. Working there  opened Papa Sy’s artistic spirit, and he founded the Pasytef Ballet  Theatre de Dalifort dance company in Dakar and the Pasy Dance School  from a passion for sharing his knowledge with young dancers and  contributing to their artistic education. He has created, produced,  directed, and starred in over twenty shows. He is currently an I-ARE  artist in residence and dance teacher at the Dance Complex (536 Mass  Ave, Cambridge).

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Posted on May 10, 2018

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