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).