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For Immediate Release
September 10, 2013

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Janet Roy
(585) 395-2267

Brockport to Host Afro-Cuban Drum and Dance Workshop

Workshop will take place Saturday, September 14 between 9:30 am and 5 pm in Hartwell Hall

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BROCKPORT, NY- The College at Brockport, State University of New York, will host its first Afro-Cuban Drum and Dance Workshop from 9:30 am to 5 pm on Saturday, September 14 in Hartwell Hall. All classes are free and open to the public with financial support from The College at Brockport Promoting Excellence in Diversity Grant. Registration is required; all levels of musicians and dancers are welcome to attend.

The workshops will focus on Afro-Cuban percussion and dance. Participants will learn about many of the rich Afro-Cuban traditions ranging from Yoruba, Arara, Carabali and Rumba - the national music and dance of Cuba. Percussion classes will be led by Kalid Saleem, faculty member in the Department of Dance, as well as Bata Con Pies African Caribbean Drum Ensemble (Rochester, NY). The Afro-Cuban dance classes will be taught Melissa Noventa, artistic director of Ilédè Afo-Cuban Drumming and Dance (Toronto, CA). Dance classes will be accompanied by live music and participants will have the opportunity to play the drums along with the musicians.

The workshop was made possible through the College's Promoting Excellence in Diversity Grant. The event also is sponsored by the Diversity Committee, the Sankofa African Dance and Drum Ensemble as well as the Departments of African and African-American Studies, Anthropology, Dance, Modern Languages and Cultures, and Theater and Music Studies.

Registration is open. Visit to register and learn more. For additional information, contact Oluyinka Akinjiola, workshop coordinator, at

The College at Brockport, State University of New York
350 New Campus Drive * Brockport, New York 14420-2931
(585) 395-2754 * FAX (585) 395-2723 *

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