About Us

The Maimouna Keita School of African Dance, Inc. is one of the oldest African Dance company in the United States. Over the past thirty years, the Maimouna Keita has performed internationally and has hosted an annual dance conference & concert as well as cultural trips to West Africa - touching literally tens of thousands of people with the gift of Traditional African cultural traditions.

About Us

Our 23rd Annual Dance Conference is just around the corner. We look forward to seeing you Thursday April 2 – Sunday April 5th 2015 for 4 days of traditional African Dance & history from Senegal, Guinea, Mali and the USA. You can purchase classes, party & concert tickets at the registration desk. NOTE: PARTY & CONCERT Tickets are available at the conference registration desk on Thursday 4/2/15 & Friday 4/3/15 afterwards you will have to pay the door cost. You may purchase concert tickets now on the Symphony Space site. **PLEASE NOTE – CONFERENCE CLASSES WILL TAKE PLACE IN 2 DIFFERENT LOCATIONS THIS YEAR. See conference page for more info.


CLASSES DAY 1, 2 & 3 Thursday April 2nd – Saturday April 4th 2015
Baruch College Main Gym (this is the new gym – not the one that we used in the past)
One Bernard Baruch Way
Corner of 24th Street & Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10010
Subway: #6 to 23 St. (north exits to 24th & Park Av. So.); N, R to 23 St. (at Broadway); F, M, PATH to 23 St. (at 6th Ave.); #1 to 23 St. (at 7th Ave.); C, E to 23 St. (at 8th Ave.)
Google Map to Baruch

PARTY for Senegalese Independence – Friday April 3rd, 2015 10PM-2AM
Join us to celebrate Senegalese Independence day which occurred on April 4th 1960. The party includes dinner, live Sabar drumming, DJ & dancing. $20 in advance/$25 at the door. Party tickets will be available for purchase at the conference registration desk on Thursday 4/2/15 & Friday 4/3/15.
Harlem YMCA
180 West 135th Street
New York, NY 10030
Subway: A or C train to West 135th Street
Google Map to Harlem YMCA

CONCERT Saturday April 4th, 2015 8PM
Symphony Space 2537 Broadway (95th & Broadway)
New York, NY 10025
Subway: 1,2 or 3 trains to 96th Street
Google Map to Symphony Space

Day 4 Sunday April 5th, 2015
PS 226 (Old Stuyvesant HS Campus)
345 East 15th Street (between 1st and 2nd avenues) New York, NY 10003.
Subway: L train to 1st or 3rd avenue stops
Google Map to PS 226


Our Mission
To expose diverse communities to the rich cultural heritage of Africa and the African Diaspora through art, dance, music, song, theatrical presentations and visual mediums.  By embracing these traditional art forms, we bring together communities of every background to celebrate and share a rich heritage with all those who embrace it.
Dance Classes
Mondays & Wednesdays 6-7:30pm at Djoniba Dance Centre @ Peridance Capezio Center, 126 East 13th Street (between 3rd & 4th Avenues). Saturdays 4:30pm at Cumbe Center for African and Diaspora Dance at 558 Fulton Street, 2nd Floor (near Flatbush Ave.), Brooklyn, NY 11217
Maimouna Keita African Dance Company is available for your event or school performance. Please contact us at 646.852.3009 or e-mail info@maimounakeita.com for more information.
Support Today
For over 20 years Maimouna Keita School of Dance has been dedicated to cultivating, teaching and sharing various Traditional West African Cultural art forms. We are a small organization run by a small team of dedicated volunteers.  You can help us continue to provide the community with outstanding cultural education and performances by lending your support.


About Us

Our organization was founded in 1983. Learn more about our company history, our founders and wonderful achievements.Learn More


Join us Thursday April 2 – Sunday April 5th 2015 for our 23rd Annual African Dance Conference and Concert. Hope to see you there!Learn More


If you are in the New York City area – Come on out and dance with our Artistic Director, Marie Basse Wiles!Learn More


Join us on our exciting cultural exchange trips to Senegal, West Africa December 24th 2014 -January 7th 2015!Learn More