Community Classes

Join Alseny Yansane of West African Cultural Arts Institute for a fabulously fun African Dance class that welcomes all dancers. This class is an excellent way to jump-start your week with an encouraging community vibe and heart pounding and sweat producing dance moves all to the powerful beat of live drumming!

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.

All-Levels African Dance Class
Wednesdays, Sept 9-Oct 28
7-8 pm
Xcape Dance Academy
1645 Oak Street

$12 Drop-In Fee
LIVE Drumming!

All-Levels 5 Week African Drum Course
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 polyrhythms of Guinea, West Africa in a non-threatening atmosphere that is fun, encouraging, and inspirational for beginning and experienced drummers alike!

Join Alseny Yansane, a dynamic teacher & fourteen-year performing artist with world-renowned Ballets Africains of Guinea as he offers drum classes that will teach all the basics for learning the West African poly-rhythmic orchestra including djembe accompaniment parts, musical signals and arrangements, solo phrases, and bass drum and bell parts. Andrea and Papa Yansane will be assisting in the class to help Alseny demonstrate how the different drum parts line up to best model how they fit together musically.

Thursdays, Sept 10-Oct 8
5:30-7:00 pm
3161 Coraly Ave
Eugene, OR 97402



$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)

Early Bird Discount
*Register and Pay to get in on our Early Bird Discount:

$70 for prepaid 5-week course (7.5 hours of instruction)
$55 Students w/ valid ID

*Pay WACAI by Wednesday, Sept 2

Venmo: WestAfrican-CulturalArts


Mail checks to WACAI
PO Box 12279
Eugene, OR 97440

To register please email or call/text 541.731.1278.

Authentic, handmade drums are available for students to use for class! Email or call/text 541.731.1278 to register & reserve a drum today!


  • improved hand position, posture and sound quality
  • enhanced speed, endurance, manual dexterity
  • increased ability to focus on specific drum parts
  • capacity to hold steady while drumming in a poly-rhythmic group setting
  • deeper understanding of the wealth and diversity of West African cultural arts
  • relaxation, enjoyment & self-expression