Steamboat African Dance & Drum Ensemble: Thanks for support


— This was a break-out week for West African dance, drum and culture in Steamboat Springs. The entire African Dance & Drum Ensemble wants to thank our friends and neighbors for supporting Pan Africa, the 11 guest artists from Guinea, Ghana, Mali and Togo who traveled here to perform and teach workshops for two special days. In addition to a packed-house performance at Strings Music Festival, more than 150 local kids and adults took the opportunity to study dance and drum with our West African master teachers. We were astounded by the turnout, and the artists were duly impressed by our community. As an all-volunteer effort, this festival never could have happened without the generosity of Strings, who booked the performance and lodging, and Perry-Mansfield, who allowed us to dance and drum in the incredible Steinberg Pavilion. For getting the word out, thanks to Post Net, and especially 4 Points reporter Margaret Hair - she has done such a beautiful job of capturing the spirit of why we are devoted to bringing this lively, far-flung traditional culture to our ski town. Everyone's collaboration made Steamboat's first West African dance, drum and culture festival a resounding success. We are grateful! Won Tanara!*

*That's "We are one!" in Susu, a native language of Guinea

In gratitude,

The dancers and drummers with the Steamboat African Dance & Drum Ensemble


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