Pape Ba returns to teach African dance

BRATTLEBORO — African Dance Vermont welcomes back dance teacher, Pape Ba, originally from Senegal. Because Pape will be teaching an African dance course at Marlboro College this semester, he is in the area to teach a dance class for the community every Wednesday evening from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at 118 Elliot. The cost is on a sliding scale of $12 to $15. Lisa Newell and friends will accompany on drums.

It's a new year and a great time to learn something new, move your body, get exposed to a different and wonderful culture and have fun! All levels are welcome. Wear clothes that you can move in and bring a water bottle.

Elhadji Mamadou Ba, also known as "Pape" Ba, is a master drummer and dancer from Senegal, West Africa. He performed with and was one of the leaders of Les Ballets Africaine de Sangomare, a premier African dance troupe in West Africa. Pape Ba is also a dynamic and spirited teacher who has taught dance to people traveling to Senegal in order to learn the traditional music and dance culture of West Africa. Since coming to the United States in 2006, Pape taught and performed with Jeh Kulu in Burlington. He currently teaches at Marlboro College and regularly in Northampton, Mass. and in Brattleboro. He is a dynamic teacher and enjoys sharing his rich culture with students.

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