Heritage: A Traditional West African Drum & Dance Workshop!
The Davis Brothers' at birth, according to the traditional Yoruba belief, adopted the letter of drummers. At the ages of 5 & 7, under the instruction and direction of Master Performer Mama Christine, the Davis brothers went through a year ritual of being baptized with the drum. Upon the ending of that initiation, the brothers then spent the next 15 years studying with both world renowned Master drummers and performers Abdoulaye Sylla (rest in power), and Lansana Toure. Both Master teachers performed with the Nation Ballet Merveilles de Guinee, and Fotoba. Through the Davis brothers training at a young age, they had the opportunity to work with the Ralphola Taylor African Dance Ensemble and Hip-Hop Troupe. They have danced with the MACH Dance 2 program and opened for the Ailey 2 Dance Company. Some other performances include dancing with the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Company, The Arts and Ideas Festival in New Haven, The Shubert, and The Sankofa Kuumba Dance ensemble In Hartford. They have studied African drum and dance with Masters: Baba Tunisi "Jack" Davis, Jami Ayinde (rest in power), and Kemoko Sano. Tenisi and Jide where also performers with Tunisi's Compound, Fotoba, and shared the stage with Ballet Merveilles de Guinee.
- All 10 workshop days will take place at the legendary Klein Memorial Auditorium's 1400-seat proscenium theater in Bridgeport, CT. The Klein Memorial Auditorium is a CDC Regulated building that sanitizes its stage and spaces daily and requires temperature checks before ANYONE may enter the premises. Masks are a must. (Sports masks recommended for breathability and water resistance.)
All levels and ages welcome!
Only 10 slots available per class to ensure 6 foot distancing can be comfortably maintained.
Children's/Beginner’s drum class (Baba Tunisi Method) Only 10 slots available. 3:30p.m - 4:15p.m
(Adult)Intermediate/Advanced drum classes Only 10 slots available. 4:20p.m - 5:05p.m
Children’s/Beginner’s dance class Only 10 slots available. 5:10p.m - 5:55p.m
(Adult)Intermediate/Advanced dance class Only 10 slots available. 6:00p.m - 7:00p.m
Children's/Beginner's Drum Class: Drums provided
(Adult)Intermediate/Advanced Drum Class: B.Y.O Drum
Children's/Beginner's Dance Class
(Adult)Intermediate/Advanced Dance Class
Payment Plans Available!
Drum purchasing program also available!
Bridgeport Students with proof 50% discount (exp: report card, progress report, school I.D)
Families of 3 or more also receive special pricing.
Email for booking & special pricing details!!
ReBirth Arts Collective teams with The Klein Memorial Auditorium to bring you a 10 day traditional West African Drum & Dance workshop with Master Teaching Artist’s Tenisi and Baba Jide Davis! The Davis brothers have been drumming, dancing, and studying since the ages of 5 & 7 years old. Now their goal is to spread culture, history, self-love, and fun through the arts and traditions of Africa!