Dundun Dance-Special Class with Alseny Yansane

Are you a drummer who has always wanted to move to the rhythms you love to play, but always felt too shy to take a dance class? Or are you a dancer who has entertained the thought of drumming, but never got around to it? Or have you ever been inspired by the powerful pounding percussion combined with equally passionate dance movements seen is performance pieces from groups like Ballets Africains or Les Amazones de Guinee?

First Friday at the Eugene Downtown Library

Andreas Beginning Dance Class

Start the year off right by joining West African Cultural Arts Institute for First Friday @ The Eugene Downtown Library. Enjoy a vibrant dance and high-energy percussion performance to delight and inspires all ages.

Under the artistic direction of Alseny Yansane, fourteen year performing artist with Ballets Africains of Guinea performers Andrea DiPalma Yansane, Papa Yansane, Ayisha Elliott and Christine Walugembe will dance and drum traditional and contemporary pieces that give a taste of the rich cultural arts of Guinea.

Beginning African Dance 6 Week Course

Now what everyone has been waiting for, an African dance class geared totally toward beginning and emerging dancers!

Beginning African Dance 6 Week Course
Tuesdays, October 4, 11, 18, 25 and November 1 and 8
6:15-7:15 pm
Xcape Dance Academy
420 W.12th Ave
Eugene, OR 97401
(Cross street Lawrence in the Knights of Phythias Building)

$50 pre-paid for 6 week course-6 hours of instruction
*Early Bird Discount-$45 Pay by September 26
*Mail checks to WACAI postmarked by September 26!

West African Drum & Dance for Kids ages 9-15

Hey parents, don't miss this opportunity to get your kids involved in an activity that creatively channels all of that energy while exposing them to the rich and vibrant culture of Guinea! This fall, starting October 1, WACAI will be offering a West African Drum & Dance class for kid ages 9-15 on Saturday mornings from 9:30-10:30 am.

Lane County Cultural Coalition's Grant

In January 2014 WACAI was awarded a grant from the Lane County Cultural Coalition's Cultural (LCCC) Opportunity Fund to develop a high quality website that will help establish an online presence to increase awareness of our mission and purpose, create awareness of our classes, events and programs and aid in our fundraising endeavors.