Your bare feet will come alive moving to the sounds of live drumming as you learn dances of the Malinke people of Guinea, West Africa. Dances include the Soko (part one of the initiation into adulthood), the Soli (part two of the initiation into adulthood), and the Macru (a lovers' celebratory dance).
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When - Wednesdays 6:40pm-7:55pm
Where - John Wooden Center, Dynasty Room
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Instructor: Fred Jones
Also known as "Djangewali," J. Fredrick Jones hails from St. Louis, Mo., where he began his studies in West African music in 1975. He later moved to Chicago and became music director and a dancer with Muntu Dance Theatre, an internationally-acclaimed company. Fred moved to Los Angeles in 1990, and now is the artistic director of Abalaye African Dance Ensemble. He has studied and/or worked with Mamady Keïta from Guinea, Mor Thiam of Senegal, and artists Stevie Wonder, Stanley Clarke, and Bill Summers, among others. His teaching credits include 8 years at UCLA and numerous residencies.