FREE Classes!

The dance classes will be at fort green park near  the monument on

Friday September 24th

OUSMANE is teaching Afrobeat from 5:00 to 6:00pm
MARIE is teaching Djembe from 6:00 to 7:00pm

Special Thanks


City Artists Corps

Maimouna Keita School of African Dance Fundraiser for 30th 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 30 years. As a born Senegalese national artist, she has taught classes in New York City and across the continent for the last 34 years. Her legacy lies in 29 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 30 years of hosting one of the largest conferences and concerts, April 14-17, 2022 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 30 | 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.

30 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 2021 – 2022


The Trip


Dakar, Senegal​​

December 20, 2021 to January 3, 2022

Yoga. Dance. Art. Discovery.


Marie Basse Wiles is teaching class in Brooklyn

Djembe Dance

Aspire 2 Dance
1195 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11216
(between Jefferson & Hancock)

Any questions:     646-919-1550

$20 per class