West African Dance Workshop by ADEFUA. Photo by Jordan Remington.

Village Workshop with ADEFUA

Pier 62 | Free
Saturday June 4, 3–5 pm
Saturday July 2, 3–5 pm
Saturday July 9, 4–6 pm
Saturday July 23, 3–5 pm
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Drum, dance, and history classes: enjoy a family‑friendly workshop of cultural arts and fitness with ADEFUA Cultural Education Workshop.

About the Class

Experience an African Folkloric Dance class for youth and adults of all levels. Each participant will experience an opportunity for self-empowerment and celebration!

This class is a great workout, and participants will learn dances of West Africa to the beat of professional live drumming. Class structure: depending on attendance levels, instructors will run both a “kids camp” and “adults camp” option concurrently, to match the focus and interactive needs of all participants’ age levels. At the end of class, attendees will come back together to share out and conclude as a group.

Participants should be injury-free and in reasonably good health. Children must participate with an adult, no drop-offs. Please arrive promptly to secure your spot. All ages and levels are welcome. Workshop limited to 30 participants at a time.

This is the general format of classes planned. See descriptions below for variations by date.

See below to reserve your spot. Any questions? Contact [email protected]

Photo by Tosin Arasi

Photo by Jordan Remington: West African Dance by ADEFUA at Pier 62, 2021.

July 23
West African Dance and Live Drumming followed by Summit to Sound

Attend a structured dance class with live drumming led by ADEFUA 3pm-5pm, then stay to enjoy the Summit to Sound celebration at Pier 62. Summit to Sound is a one-day event produced by Peace Peloton that supports a 70-mile bike ride from Snoqualmie to Seattle.

Reserve your spot, drop-ins still welcome!

June 4
Village Workshop

Come for an afternoon session of West African dancing and drumming led by ADEFUA. This session is a standalone class.

Reserve your spot and drop-ins welcome!

Waterfront Block Party at Pier 62, 2021. Photo by Tosin Arasi

West African Dance Workshop by ADEFUA. Photo by Jordan Remington.

July 2
West African Dance and Live Drumming at Africatown's Summer of Soul at the Pier

Join in for West African dancing and drumming led by ADEFUA Cultural Education Workshop during the Africatown Summer of Soul Market at Pier 62! The market with vendors, beer garden, food, and live music is planned to run approximately 1pm-7pm.

Market attendees will be free to jump in to join ADEFUA for dancing starting at 4pm. Instructors will adjust the format of the class to meet participant needs. This session is likely to be more freeform in structure.

West African Dance Workshop by ADEFUA. Photo by Jordan Remington.

Waterfront Block Party 2021 - Photo by Erik Holsather

July 9
West African Dance and Live Drumming with Waterfront Block Party

Attend a structured dance class with ADEFUA beginning at 4pm to help kick off the Friends of the Waterfront Block Party!

Created in partnership with ADEFUA Cultural Education Workshop

ADEFUA Cultural Education Workshop (A.C.E.W), is a nonprofit organization that is central to youth and families within and surrounding Seattle communities. Providing various year-round interactive activities that engage, serve and make available West African experiences, both academically and socially to all generations.

With thanks to our sponsors

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