Alseny Yansane teaches Drum & Dance Workshops in Bend-March 1st

​Alseny Yansane teaches Drum & Dance Workshops in Bend-March 1st! African Dance Class 12-1:30 pm Victor School of Performing Arts International Ballet School 2700 Northeast 4th Street #210, Bend, OR 97701 2 African Drum Classes 3:30-5 pm & 5-6:30 pm Both classes in studio in the alleyway behind 155 NW Hawthorne (Enter alleyway from Harriman Street) Drop-Ins Welcome @ $15 per workshop 2 workshops for $28 3 workshops for $26

Shortly after Alseny Yansane's arrival in the US from Guinea in February 2007, we connected with a super sweet man named Dave Visiko who was dedicated to sharing West African drumming and dancing with the community of Bend, Oregon. He invited us to take a weekend away from the Willamette Valley haze to enjoy the spectacular climate of the high desert Cascade Mountains by organizing drum and dance workshops for Alseny.

On our first trip to Bend we took two of our home town drummers and one of our dance students with us to make the traveling party complete. I remember all of us piling into our Toyota Camry station wagon pretty early in the morning so that we could arrive in time for Alseny's first afternoon class and all the Americans were just uproarishly loud, cracking jokes left and right and laughing up a storm. Being the night owl that he is, it was a little too early for Alseny to fully participate in such hilarity, but he matched that humorous energy later that night when he made us all bust a gut laughing at his crazy stories from Guinea.

Since that initial visit Alseny has taught many excellent West African drum and dance workshops to the Bend community, but it's been a couple of years since we've been there in that capacity and we are really excited about coming back on Sunday, March 1st!

Starting at 12 noon and going until 1:30 pm Alseny will teach an All-Levels African Dance class at the Victor School of Performing Arts International Ballet School located at 2700 Northeast 4th Street # 210. This class will be accessible to all levels of dancers, including total beginners and will have live drumming!

After dance class take a little break, eat some food, enjoy the outdoors then come to the Joy of Being Center in the alleyway behind 155 NW Hawthorne Street (enter the alleyway from Harriman Street) for two great drum classes from 3:30-5 pm and 5-6:30 pm. No need to have your own drum, we can provide them for no extra charge!

All classes are drop-in, no need to pre-register and we have price breaks for students with a valid ID and those who are taking more than one class. Come on Bend, don't miss this opportunity to drum and dance with an amazing artist and dynamic and encouraging teacher! Drop-Ins Welcome @ $15 per workshop 2 workshops for $28 3 workshops for $26