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Ayodele FREE African Dance Class

Have a fun Night Out in the Parks with Ayodele Drum & Dance
at our FREE African dance class with T. Ayo and Imania Detry!

Thursday, May 11, 2017 | 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Sherman Park Field House
1301 W. 52nd Street | Chicago, IL

Ayodele Drum and Dance West African Dance Class is an adult class designed to provide an energetic experience in a cultural context.

Feel the power of live drumming as you learn history as well as how to move your body. Are you ready to move? Then join us as we dance from the soul!

Presented as part of the Chicago Park District's Night Out in the Parks series, supported by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Arts programming in neighborhoods across the city advances the goals of the Chicago Park District and the Chicago Cultural Plan. Now in it's fifth year, the Nights Out in the Park series will host over 1,000 cultural events and programs at more than 250 parks throughout the city, making community parks a safehaven and hubs of activity.

Projects will vary from traditional performances and concerts, to movies, peace rallies, community workshops, nature based programs, dance pieces, festivals, and more. The Chicago Park District has partnered with more than 100 arts and community organizations to expand and produce this successful initiative.

Ayodele African Dance Conference

Ayodele African Dance Conference: May 12 - 14, 2017

An exhilarating weekend of dance featuring teachers from Guinea, Senegal, Brazil, and more. See you on the floor!

Friday, May 12th - Sunday, May 14th
Sherman Park

1301 W. 52nd Street | Chicago, IL

Conference Schedule
Friday, May 12th
6:00pm - 7:30pm Moustapha Bangoura (Guinea Dance)
7:45pm - 9:15pm Atito Gohi (Ivory Coast Dance)

Saturday, May 13th
10:00am - 11:15am Zakiya Cornish (Contemporary African/ ASA! Dance)
11:30am - 12:15pm Children's Dance Class
11:30am - 1:00pm Dandha Da Hora (Afro-Brazilian Dance)
1:15pm - 2:45pm Imania Detry (Kutiro Dance)
3:00pm - 4:30pm Atito Gohi (Ivory Coast Dance)
4:45pm - 6:15pm Mouminatou Camara (Guinea Dance)
6:30pm - 8:00pm N'Deye Gueye (Sabar Dance)

Sunday, May 14th
10:00am - 11:15am Maria Estes (Djembe Drum)
10:30am - 12:00pm N'Deye Gueye (Sabar Dance)
12:15pm - 1:45pm Dandha Da Hora (Afro-Brazilian Dance)
2:00pm - 3:30pm T. Ayo (DounDance)
3:45pm - 5:15pm Idy Ciss (Serer Dance)
5:30pm - 7:00pm Mouminatou Camara (Guinea Dance)

***ALL classes and teachers are subject to change.***

Advance Purchase Prices end on May 8, 2017


Conference T-shirt

5 Classes + Conference T-shirt

7 Classes + Conference T-shirt

10 Classes + Conference T-shirt

Entire Weekend + Conference T-shirt

Group Rates are available

Classes and Conference T-Shirts


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Sleep Inn Midway Airport
6650 S. Cicero Avenue | Chicago, IL 60638
Ph: 708.594.0001

Book by Thursday, April 27, 2017 for Group Rate

$139 (plus tax) per night for a single or double room
Use group name: Ayodele Drum & Dance

Complimentary breakfast, parking, Wi-Fi, and 24/7 shuttle to Midway Airport.