MARIE IS TEACHING

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The Mark Morris Dance Center
3 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

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Marcy Ave., Tompkins Ave., bet. Greene Ave. and Lafayette Ave.
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Maimouna Keita School of African Dance Fundraiser for 32nd Anniversary Celebration

Marie Basse Wiles is a cultural icon of traditional dance,music and culture. She has been a resident and an artist in the Bedford Stuyvesant community of New York state for over 32 years. As a born Senegalese national artist, she has taught classes in New York City and across the continent for the last 36 years. Her legacy lies in 32 years of hosting the Maimouna Keita School of African Dance international dance conferences and concerts throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan. Marie began her career as a principal dancer with the National Ballet of Senegal in 1973. Her membership in dance, theatre and choreography lasted seven plus years. Shortly after moving to the USA, she made Brooklyn her home and began facilitating classes in the African diaspora in the city and surrounding boroughs, the United States and abroad.

Maimouna Keita School of African Dance will celebrate 32 years of hosting one of the largest conferences and concerts, March 28-31, 2024 in Brooklyn, NY. The conference attracts hundreds of people from all over the world to partake in a four day immersion of dance and music. Members of the MKSAD performing company will prepare for an authentic, enthralling concert performance that will showcase the traditional relevance of dance and music, arts and culture and its impact.

Marie has trained and encouraged several renown artists with global residence to master the rich traditional artforms of West African dance and music. In addition, she has hosted annual dance tours to her country Senegal with extended tours to Mali, Gambia and Guinea. As Maimouna Keita School of African Dance embarks on this 30th anniversary milestone, we have launched a 32 | 30| 30 fundraising campaigns. Here is how you can thank Marie for her tireless service and ambassadorship to the African Diaspora. Sila Djiguiba -The Path of Hope has ensured that all students, dancers, musicians and performers under her tutelage learn from yesterday, live for today and hope for tomorrow. We thank you in advance for your donations.

32 years of authentic performances and detailed instruction and celebration
30 companies and individuals – (a minimum of 30 each per month)
30 dollars on the 30th day of each month through April 30

The top four donor levels will be placed in the program and all other levels of giving will be categorized and listed in the program. The Diamond and Gold level will be seated in the reserved section at the concert.  Gifts greater than listed are welcome and appreciated.

Levels of Giving 

Diamond $300 2 reserved concert tickets and 2 free workshop/tee
Gold $270 2 reserved concert tickets and 1 workshop/tee
Silver $240 1 concert ticket and 1 workshop/tee
Bronze $210 2 workshops/tee

 tax deductible for 2023 – 2024
32/30/30

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The Trip

CULTURAL EXCHANGE TRIP

Dakar, Senegal​​

Dance. Art. Discovery.​​

December 22rd 2024 to January 5th 2025

$3,600

INCLUDES DANCE, DRUM, ACCOMMODATION, DINNER. 

ROUNDTRIP AIRFARE IS INCLUDED TO MALI AND SENEGAL

$600 DEPOSIT DUE MAY 30 NON REFUNDABLE

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