Community Classes


Join Alseny Yansane of West African Cultural Arts Institute for a fabulously fun African Dance class that welcomes all dancers. This Saturday class from 11am to 12:30pm is an excellent way to kick off your weekend with an encouraging community vibe and heart pounding and sweat producing dance moves all to the powerful beat of live drumming! This class is conveniently located in downtown Eugene, Oregon in the beautiful Community Center for the Performing Arts (WOW Hall) on the corner of 8th and Lincoln Street. Students will enjoy the spacious dance floor of this historic building which has 1600 square feet of dance space and floating wooden floors.

Alseny is an authentic, source artist from Guinea, West Africa who is a beautiful dancer, skillfully executing dance movements with strength and grace. He is friendly, patient, and encouraging and is excellent at nurturing beginning dancers by breaking down the steps while simultaneously challenging more advanced students to push their edge and become stronger dancers.

These classes are perfect for beginning and experienced dancers alike. Whether you're looking to improve your technique or just get a good workout, these classes are for you! Come experience the joy and passion of Guinean culture that this talented, source artist has to share. Awesome live drumming included! Tips for drummers encouraged.

Winter 2019 Classes

Beginning Teen/Adult African Dance
Wednesdays 7-8 pm
Feb 6 - March 20
Xcape Dance Academy
1645 Oak Street
$12 Drop-in fee

All-Levels African Dance Classes
Saturdays, ongoing
11:00am-12:30pm
WOW Hall
291 W 8th Ave
$12 for students w/ valid ID
Drop-ins welcome @ $15  

All-Levels 5 Week Drum Course
Tuesdays Jan 29 & Feb 5, 12, 19 & 26
5:30-7:00pm
Location: Disclosed upon registration - 5 minutes from downtown Eugene

$75 for pre-paid 5 week course (7.5 hours of instruction)
$60 students w/ valid ID for pre-paid 5 week course (7.5 hours of instruction)

To register, call 542.232.5471 or email Andrea@WestAfricanCulturalArts.org