Classes & Partnerships

Nam vil dancer

Class with Namory Keita is a wonderful opportunity to study Djembe & the traditional full ensemble of the Doundoun family, straight from the village of Sangbaralla, Guinea, West Africa. ‬‬‬‬Namory’s infectious joy for playing and teaching will inspire you! Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned player, you are sure to have a great learning experience!

Please make sure to contact the venues below for more details if you are curious about anything not listed here. During the winter months Namory may be back home charging up in Guinea, leaving class with one of his very capable students.

Namory’s classes are $15 pr class / $13 pr class for purchase of 4 ($52) or more‬‬. His Portland class is now welcoming new students at half price for their first class ($7.50!!).

There are extra drums available to use in class if you do not have one. Please contact Namory to make sure a drum is reserved for you if you do not have one at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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 Check out the EVENTS page for upcoming Advanced Djembé, Dounoun & Dance focused workshops

 
  ONGOING CLASSES
 
Nam at Root Wild
 
Beginner to Advanced Beginner Drum Class EVERY Monday (unless this site says otherwise!)
NOW at Root Wild Kombuchery!!
135 Washington Ave, Portland, ME
Ongoing - 6:15 pm - 7:15 Mondays
New students get first class half price ($7.50)!
 
CLASS will continue through August with an advanced student teacher at $10 pr class. Often advanced students can really tune in to where you are at because they have been there too. Lots of good nuggets to be had! Namory is on tour and back for the last Monday of August, the 26th, for ongoing classes.

Join us! Its wicked fun.

If you are just starting down the path and want to grow with a group of drum students at your level and pace come to Root Wild Kombuchery and get your groove on! Get the basic drum strokes, patterns and feel for the Djembe before jumping in over your head! This is a small delightful and very safe group. Always check the site or get on our current drummer email list for Portland's schedule changes or let us know if you would like us to reserve a drum for you in class. Send requests to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

First class at Root Wild was a blast and the kombucha delish!  beginner drum class video

Private Lessons are a great way for beginners to get comfortable before taking a class - or for getting to that next level for advanced students. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Dance Hall‬‬‬‬‬
7 Walker St, Kittery, ME 03904‬‬‬‬‬

Thursdays - All levels
Drum starts at 5:30-6:30‬‬ PM‬‬‬ / $15 pr class
https://seacoastwestafricandanceanddrum.com/namory-keita-drum-classes/Screen Shot 2019 04 26 at 5.43.37 PMMarita Kennedy-Castro, Seny Daffe, Namory Keita, Liz Fowler - DunDun Dance with Seny/Namory AUG 22nd, 2019

Note: Ult Mundane & advanced students teach this class when Namory is touring. This always offers a treat and opportunity to garner tips from those that come before you - as they have learned to learn from the masters!

Liz Fowler's Beginning West African dance class follows at 6:45 to 8:15 PM, giving students an opportunity to play for class with Namory.‬‬‬

August 15
5:30 to 6:30 / $15.00
Drum class with Michael Pluznick 
Michael has over 40 years of experience teaching percussion. Among other countries, he's traveled to Guinea to study several times. Join Michael for this special opportunity to learn from him while he visits Maine for the summer.
 
Dance class with Liz
6:45 to 8:15 / $15 drop ins or $96 for eight pre-paid
 
August 22
Namory will be back along with Seny!!
They're doing class in Bristol, NH on Wednesday, August 21, Kittery on the 22nd, and Portland, ME on August 23rd
More details soon....

https://youtu.be/tkGaoFI4IIw   (Djole DounDoun Dance w Seny)

www.seacoastwestafricandanceanddrum.com

Liz, Namory and the dancers and drummers from Seacoast West African Dance and Drum, are available for your workshops, classes, performances, and residencies. Contact them for more information: (603) 969-5264
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Twitter: @danceanddrum

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Notes from Liz:
Trip to Guinea with Namory and Liz! Get ready for 2021!

Classes will continue through the summer, though we may have some guest teachers (Namory and I are both traveling at different times).
 
Hope to see you soon!
Best wishes, Liz 
Marita Kennedy-Castro’s West African Dance Class for All Levels is every Tuesday evening from 6 - 7:30 PM. This class will run from 7-8:30 in the months of June - August

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Check this video out!

Namory Keita plays for this class along with his advanced students. Join the fun!

Portland New Church
302 Stevens Ave, Portland, ME 04101‬‬‬

Private dance lessons available. Contact Marita for details and check out the site at www.EmbodyTheRhythm.com 

Marita.and.Namory.SullivanPhotography
Marita and Namory have created New Moon Ensemble to bring West African dance and drum to the stage, schools, universities, events and ceremonies.

FB:https://www.facebook.com/groups/EmbodyTheRhythm/

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Master Village Drummer
Namory Keita
Sangbaralla, Guinea, West Africa
&
Portland, Maine, USA

(603) 831-9609
info@namorydrum.com