West African Camp

World Dance Academy and Compagnie Alkhaly Camara proudly present:

WEST AFRICAN DANCE AND DRUM  CAMP 

A unique opportunity for everyone - both beginners and advanced dancers and djembe players alike - to learn and indulge into the fantastic universe of West African rhythms with amazing teachers directly from the source! You will become part of a special dance and drum family that is only growing – and Saturday evening we are preparing a WILD event on top of all the workshops. A summer camp not to be missed out, whether you are coming from near or far – so cancel any other plans you might have and sign up!

FANTA YAYO
Professional dancer/singer/artist from Guinea Conakry, living in Stockholm. Fanta is a multitalented star with a fantastic energy and charisma – she will make you dance! Fanta grew up in a griot family and started dancing at the age of 4. She has been part of several dance groups both home in Guinea and abroad, and she has performed with some of the biggest stars in West Africa: Salif Keita, Mamady Keita, Mory Kante, Baba Mali, and Sekou Keita, amongst others. Since 2006, she has been working as a dance teacher and performer in Sweden, and we are honored to have her visit our summer camp where she will guide both beginners and advanced dancers through the traditional dances with her beautiful, feminine style.

ALKY PLUS
Professional dancer and choreographer from Guinea Conakry, educated both at the famous dancing scene of Conakry and in 2014 from the National Guinean Academy of Arts "Institut Superieur des Arts de Guinée", specializing in traditional Guinean dances and rhythms. He is director and choreographer of "Ballet Fonike", one of the major traditional dance groups in Guinea, as well as dance director for the modern dance and theatre group Tawuly Creation. In 2012 he founded his own dance company in Dubreka, Guinea, called Compagnie Alkhaly Camara, now active in Copenhagen. Alky has many years of experience in teaching adults, professional dancers, beginners as well as school children and youth, through regular classes at dance schools and special events and workshops. He has performed with various dance groups in both Africa and Europe. Dance is Alky's great passion, and he lives to educate and share the unique Guinean dance culture! Do not miss Alky’s fantastic energy and dance sharing knowledge, straight from the source.

BAFODE "BAYANO" SOUMAH
Professional drummer from Guinea Conakry, living in Stockholm. Bayano grew up in the artist neighborhood Matam in Conakry and has played in the famous Boka junior group as a child. Later, he became a solo player in Ballets Sourakhata and Troupes Yole in Conakry. During his 12 years in Stockholm, he has worked for several dance schools and dance groups such as Chapeau de Guinea, Kalabante og Yigui de Urkraft. He has taught drumming around Europe and in USA, and organized several drumming travels to Guinea. Bayano is a true djembefola with an impressive talent and energy. He will guide you into the magical universe of West African rhythms – a chance not to be missed for djembe lovers on all levels.


The dance classes will include warming up, diagonal movements through the dance floor, and a choreography to a specific rhythm. All dance classes will be accompanied by live drums by:
Bayano, solo djembe
Naby Bangoura, djembe / doundoun
Lars Lønborg, djembe
Yassimbe Camara, balafon

PROGRAM
Thursday 26/8
17:15-18:15 djembe w/ Bayano
18:15-19:45 dance w/ Fanta Yayo
20-21:30 dance w/ Alky Plus

Friday 27/8
17-18 djembe w/ Bayano
18-19:30 dance w/ Alky Plus
19:45-21:15 dance w/ Fanta Yayo

Saturday 28/8
11-12:30 dance w/ Alky Plus
12:45-14:15 dance w/ Fanta Yayo
14:15-15:15 djembe w/ Bayano
+special evening show w/ Guinean food (more information coming soon - save the date!)

Sunday 29/8
10-11 djembe w/ Bayano
11-12:30 dance w/ Fanta Yayo
12:45-14:15 dance w/ Alky Plus

PRICELIST
1 djembe class w/ Bayano: 150kr
1 dance class w/ Fanta or Alky: 250kr incl. live drums
1 day pass dance incl. live drums: 400kr
Full pass djembe: 450kr
Full pass dance w/ either Fanta or Alky: 900kr
Full pass dance both teachers: 1100kr
Full pass all dance + djembe: 1400kr

FRIEND DISCOUNT FOR FULL PASS WHEN SIGNING UP TOGETHER
Valid until August 15th for full pass all dance sign up with a friend: 1000 kr per person (normal price: 1100 kr) and full pass all dance + djembe sign up with a friend: 1250 kr per person (normal price: 1400 kr)
nb. please indicate name of friend, by sending an email to info@worlddance.academy


LOCATION
Copenhagen, Fælledparken in case of good weather, indoor location to be confirmed in case of bad weather – stay tuned.

Further questions email: compagniealkhalycamara@gmail.com & info@worlddance.academy