The 4th Annual Pan-African Dance and Drum Conference

The Debbie Allen Dance Academy presents a dance and drum conference directed by Nzingha Camara, October 1 - 5, 2008, featuring dance/drumming workshops, Pan African Marketplace, panel discussions, film clips, celebrity guest artists, and a culmination performance. "The Spirit of the Mask" performance will be on Sunday, October 5 from 6 - 8 PM at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Debbie Allen Dance Academy
3623 Hayden Avenue
Culver City, CA 90232

Classes will be taught each day/evening, culminating in the Sunday evening performance.
For a complete list of classes/instructors/dates/times, visit

From the Debbie Allen Dance Academy -

This event will be a symphony of traditional and contemporary African dance celebrating the artistry of humanity's Motherland, the African continent.  Master instructors and concert performers include pillars of the African dance community: KanKouran founder & Artistic Director- Assane Konte, Nzingha Camara, Viver Brasil w/ Badaro, Francis Awe, Omowale, N'Dege Gueye, Marietuo Camara, and many more!
Participants will dance, stomp and leap to the rhythms of the drums while exploring the meaning of the Mask throughout the African Diaspora.  This five-day cultural interdisciplinary event features dozens of Master Dance & Drum Workshops, a Pan-African Marketplace, Panel Discussions and Film Clips.
Culminating the conference will be an unforgettable, electrifying Concert Performance that will use dance, drums and storytelling to enlighten all attendees about the symbolism, power and spirit of the mask. This concert will feature performances by all of the Master Teachers, conference participants and the renowned dance companies S.H.I.N.E. Muwasi and Viver Brazil, Francis Awe and the Talking Drum Ensemble & Malik Sow and Drummers.
The performance will be held Sunday, October 5th, 6:00pm, at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy, 3623 Hayden Avenue, Culver City, CA.  Seating is limited.
Join us on this festive occasion that celebrates the timeless spirit of African culture.  Call 310-280-9145 or visit to pre-register for classes and get your concert tickets now!

Also, at Debbie Allen Dance Academy:
Open Call to Audition for Debbie Allen's Original Musical ”Brothers of the Knight” - Written, Directed and Choreographed by Debbie Allen
October 10th 2008:  Boys ages 7 to 11 - 4:30 pm
October 11th 2008:
Boys ages 12 and Older - 1:00 pm
Girls ages 7 to 11 - 3:00 pm
Girls ages 12 to 14 - 5:00 pm
Girls ages 15 and Older - 6:00 pm
October 12th 2008:  Callbacks - time TBA
All auditions will be held at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy, 3623 Hayden Avenue, Culver City, CA 90232.  Please call (310) 280-9145 to signup.
For more info about the Debbie Allen Dance Academy, a non-profit center for the performing arts, visit
"To dance is to know the meaning of freedom...." -- Debbie Allen

Cost : Single Classes and Concert Tickets are $15 each. All Ages are welcome!

Debbie Allen Dance Academy310-280-9145

Sponsor(s): , The Debbie Allen Dance Academy. Information about non-ASC events is posted for informational purposes and does not necessarily reflect opinions of or endorsements by African Studies personnel.