Every year around the time July rolls around the air just seems to be electric in anticipation for the magical weekend of the Oregon Country Fair! This year there are two opportunities to experience the joy and passion of authentic West African culture at Fair in Xavanadu, the gorgeous new area that was formerly Craft's Lot. Join WACAI on Friday from 6-7 pm in the WorkIt Shop for an awesome African dance class lead by Alseny Yansane and be awed by Guinean cultural performance arts on Saturday from 4:45-5:30 pm on the beautiful and expansive Dance Pavilion Stage! You also can find us drumming and dancing around closing time by the Solutions booth near Fair's entrance that is marked by the big dragon structure on top.
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Are you looking for ways to keep your kids active and engaged this summer? Enroll them in WACAI's West African Drum, Dance, and Culture classes at the Oak Hill School Summer Program! In these classes, students learn about West African culture through a variety of hands-on activities and interactive games. Note: Your child does not have to be a student at Oak Hill School during the academic year to enroll in WACAI's Oak Hill School Summer Programs.
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, April 10, 17, 24 & May 1, 8, 15
Xcape Dance Academy
420 W 12th Ave, Eugene, OR
(Cross street Lawrence in the Knights of Phythias Building)
Have you ever wanted to take an African drum class, but felt just a little bit intimidated? Well now is your chance to learn about the vibrant poly-rhythms of Guinea, West Africa in a non-threatening atmosphere that is fun, encouraging, and inspirational for beginning and experienced drummers alike!
Starting today sounds of drumming will be heard filling the hallways of Fairfield Elementary School once students are dismissed from their school day. For the second year in a row West African Cultural Arts Institute will partner with Fairfield to offer an arts educational program focusing on drum, dance, and culture from Guinea, West Africa to students grades 3-5.
Veteran's Day is just around the corner on Friday, November 11th and if you're planning on staying in or visiting Eugene on this National Holiday then we have an excellent opportunity for you! WACAI is partnering with Music Education and Performing Artists Association (MEPAA) and Peterson Barn to offer cool and cultural workshops for kid ages 10-18 from 12:30-3:30 pm.
This Sunday, September 25th Sweaty Ganesh is having a Community Yoga class whose proceeds go to West African Cultural Arts Institute. This class which is open to the public and requires no previous experience will be held at Sweaty Ganesh Yoga in a warm studio environment which encourages muscle flexibility and toxin release.
West African Cultural Arts Institute welcomes Special Guest Teacher Kerfala "Fana" Bangoura back to Eugene for 3 Special Workshops the week after spring break! Scroll down for class descriptions and artist biography!
Dear West African Cultural Arts Institute supporter, as 2016 draws to a close, we reflect on all that WACAI has accomplished this year and how grateful we feel for all the support from people like you!