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ON FIRE WITH AFRICAN DANCE- Djoniba Mouflet: Concepts in African Dance, Choreography versus Authenticity


Djoniba MoufletDjoniba Mouflet

World renowned dance and drum innovator and master teacher Djoniba Mouflet will share his thirty years experience in a lecture/demonstration about African dance & drumming. Along with some of his master drummers and dancers from his dance school The Djoniba Dance & Drum Centre, he will also screen African dance video from his collection and the Dance Division’s archive.


Created in 1992 the Djoniba Dance & Drum Centre has been the center for most of the influential African dance and drum teachers in the USA. For thirty years, Djoniba has been teaching African dance movements and drumming from Mali, Guinea and Senegal at venues around the world and in New York City at his Djoniba Dance & Drum Centre newly located since 2010 at Peridance Centre. Djoniba Mouflet is an internationally-acclaimed drummer, dancer, teacher, performer and choreographer as well as a musical producer, writer and composer. Born in Martinique, he was also raised in Senegal West Africa and studied from his early teens dance and music from Senegal, Mali, and Guinea with renowned dance and musical masters Boully Sankho, Doudou Ndiaye Rose, Kemoko Sano, Germaine Acogny and many more. Djoniba mastered the dances of various regions of West Africa as he studied with tribes in small villages as well as in professionally staffed schools and companies, including Mudra Afrique, Ballet Foret Sacre, Ballet Meissa, Ballet Conakry and the National Ballet Africain of Guinea. He also studied ballet and tap at the Dance Theatre of Harlem and is trained in modern dance, jazz dance, HIp-Hop, music theory and acting.



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