West African Drum and Dance Presentation and Workshop at FVCC

The Multicultural Affairs Office at Flathead Valley Community College will welcome Bob Sherrick and Leslie Yancey to give a free presentation and workshop on West African drum and dance on February 28.

In addition to learning about the history and tradition of West African rhythm and dance, guests will take part in a workshop demonstrating a traditional West African dance.

Sherrick has been studying and teaching West African music in the Flathead Valley for over 12 years.  He has studied with Matthew Marsolek of the Drum Brothers and with Africans Abdoul Doumbia, Mamady Keita, Nansady Keita and Manimou Camara, among others.

Yancey has taught in both public and private schools for over 30 years throughout the New York metropolitan area as well as in Europe and New Mexico.  In 1990, she formed her own company, Yanceydance-Theatre, serving as artistic director for several years and receiving favorable reviews by The New York Times for her choreographic works and numerous showcases.  Yancey has studied West African dance for 10 years and has taught it for four.  She currently teaches Afrofusion classes in Whitefish that are open to the community.

Open to the public, the event will take place at 3 p.m. in the large community meeting room inside the Arts and Technology building.  Attendees are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing to dance in.  For more information, contact the FVCC Multicultural Affairs Office at 756-3945 or mstembor@fvcc.edu.

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