About two weeks ago someone hit me up on Twitter and asked about African dance classes in Harlem. I didn’t have an answer for her so I sent out a tweet and got some great responses. I have to give a special thank you to Cassandra Nuamah, a Kukuwa Dance Workout instructor from New York Health and Racquet Club for sending me an email with lots of good info.
* * * FREE Classes Around Harlem * * *
- Mondays: 7-9pm, P.S. 198 (96th and 3rd)
- Tuesdays: 7-8:30 pm, Wadleigh HS (114th Betwn Frederick Douglass and Adam Clayton)
- Thursdays: 7-9pm, Wadleigh HS (114th Betwn Frederick Douglass and Adam Clayton)
- Fridays: 6:30-8pm, Booker T Washington Middle School (in the gym), 103 west 108th street (107th street entrance btwn. Columbus and Amsterdam)
UPDATED: From the Comments
There’s also a free West African dance class with Nafisa at Countee Cullen school (144th & 8th) on Mondays from 6:30-8:30 and Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30 (more advanced).
Other Classes Around NYC
Kukuwa Dance Workout at New York Health and Racquet Club every Wednesday at 7:15pm on 45th and Lexington. This class involves african, latin and carribean dance. (Only some classes are open to the public for a per class fee without membership. Call for more info.)
Alvin Ailey Extension — The famed Ailey Dance Theater has created a program of dance and fitness classes designed for the general public. The program is comprised of beginning to intermediate-level classes. In addition to traditional African Dance classes, they also teach Ballet, Yoga, Cuban Dance, Capoeira, Bhangra, Belly Dance and more. For more info, click here. (NOTE: Casandra Nuamah, the African Dance teacher who sent the email says that Monday and Thursday African Dance classes are EXCELLENT !!!)
New York Sports Clubs offers African Dance classes at various locations around the city with three classes a week at its Harlem locations. Wednesday: 8:00 pm at 125th Street location and Sunday: 3:30 pm 115th & 5th location and 5:00 pm 125th Street location. (Membership required. NOTE: They are currently running a special that is a great deal. 30 Days for $30 for a trial membership.)
Djoniba Dance Centre — provides an alternative in the fitness and dance world for the mind, body and soul by offering an array of exciting ethnic/African-based dance classes to the sound of live drums. For details, click here.
Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy — in partnership with the Church of St. Mark’s presents FREE Adult West African dance class Every Saturday Morning Through June 5, 2010, 7:45-9:15am at St. Mark’s Day School, 1346 President Street between Kingston and Brooklyn Aves. ( Take 2 or 5 train to President Street). RSVP by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Did we miss something? If you know of more classes, please put them in the comments section below. Also, if you check out one of the classes, come back and tell us about it.