Lincoln Theatre Ballroom

Summer Dance Series June 20 – Aug 15, 2017

DAYS & TIME

TWADI Summer GET DOWN Dance Series with special guest artists will be held weekly on Tuesdays through June 20 – Aug 15 2017   630 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

SPECIAL

Register in advance and sign up for the entire series and receive and 10% discount by midnight, June 20, 2017

WHAT TO BRING

  • Dance participants should wear comfortable clothing with no stocking feet.
  • Drum participants should have their own drum, however, drum rental is available.
  • All instruction/techniques are from the stylized forms of Mali, Senegal, and Guinea.

REGISTRATION

Paypal and Square Up payments accepted.

  • On-site: Download the registration form and bring it with you to class
  • Online: Register now by completing the form below

EMERGENCY CONTACT (Other than listed above)

Liability Waiver

By checking the box below, I relieve the Thiossane Institute, its instructors and guest artists and the Lincoln Theatre Association of any liability of any injury to my child or loss of stolen property while participating in these classes. I understand that my child is participating at my risk and I am aware of my child’s physical limitations.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TWADI

  • Thiossane Institute Annual Concert in Dance May 20, 2017, 730p. Lincoln Theatre , Columbus, Ohio, We brought to the stage the adaptation of  Kirikou and The Sorceress and presented the traditional initiation of our high school graduate, Ami “Yamina” Kounta
  • Thiossane West African Dance Institute invited to perform at Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, New York, in the celebration tribute to Cheikh Tairou M’Baye, May 28, 2017
  • Thiossane Institue to provide authentic instruction to 20 summer camp site through the YMCA of Central Ohio June 5 – August 2, 2017
  • Thiossane West African Dance Institute is scheduled to perform at The Gammon House, Juneteenth Celebration, Springfield, Ohio June 17, 2017
  • Thiossane Institute to host Summer GET DOWN Dance Series with special guest artists – June 20 – Aug 15, 2017

Kirikou and The Sorceress

African Folktale Coming to the Lincoln Theatre StageOn May 20

On May 20th , 2017 at 6:30 p.m. , the Columbus-based African dance company Thiossane West African Dance Institute, will present a staged version of the acclaimed West African folktale, Kirikou and the Sorceress, an adaptation of the award-winning Michel Ocelot film of the same name. Live music, traditional songs and dance will recount the story of a curious young boy who accompanies his warrior uncle to remove a curse on their village’s well. The coming-of-age tale has audiences questioning the true source of evil in our world.

A showcase of performances will precede the evening-length performance. This showcase will include work by participants in Thiossane’s community outreach programs and feature a traditional African initiation for the company’s newest high school graduate, Ami Kounta.

Come enjoy an evening of professional theatrics and celebration with Columbus’ premier African dance company. Appropriate for all ages!

Tickets available through Ticketmaster™, the CAPA Box Office (614-469-0939), and two hours prior to showtime. $21.50/adults; $11.50/under 12. This one-night performance is likely to sell out, so tickets should be purchased early.

2nd Annual Dance with My Father Workshop

In memory of Our Founder & Father, Abdou KOUNTA

All are welcome!

Class Orientation/Registration Open House

We have added three classes to our roster for children youth and adults
Ballet I & II, African Caribbean & Modern (graham technique)
Meet the Instructors, visit the space and register for classes
Classes begin the week of January 17

Meet NiaAdjowa Sheard

Name? NiaAdjowa Sheard

What city are you from? Columbus, Ohio

When did you join Thiossane?

Story has it, I’ve been dancing since being in the womb; but I officially started dancing at age one

When you think of Thiossane, what immediately comes to mind? What does Thiossane mean to you?

Support because there are lot of different families here. We’ve experienced death, marriage, divorce, children raised, and injuries and through all of that, we’ve been able to endure and support one another. When we lost our dad, no one was like, “That’s their family business; let me stay out of it.” The sentiment was, let’s go clean the house, let’s give the kids rides, let’s support the family. We felt completely supported by our Thiossane family. Read more

Meet Keisha Moorehead

Name? Keisha Moorehead

What city are you from? Columbus, Ohio

When did you join Thiossane?

Originally started with ABCDE, then returned after going to college

When you think of Thiossane, what immediately comes to mind? What does Thiossane mean to you?

I think of family and the fact that we strive to be traditional in everything that we do. We have supporters who have been with us since day one and who have become a part of the Thiossane family. Read more

Thiossane

Meet Lori Conner

Name? Lori Conner

What city are you from? Youngstown, Ohio

When did you join Thiossane?

Started in community classes in 2003; joined the company circa 2006

When you think of Thiossane, what immediately comes to mind? What does Thiossane mean to you?

Fun, family, spirit, therapy… The rehearsals are very therapeutic for me. You can become one with the dance and with the music, and it offers a sense of release from whatever I might be experiencing outside of Thiossane. Read more

Meet Kevin Seals

Name? Kevin Seals

What city are you from? Columbus, Ohio

When did you join Thiossane?

Originally started with ABCDE at age 12, then returned in 2009 after going to college

When you think of Thiossane, what immediately comes to mind? What does Thiossane mean to you?

West African culture – its music, dance, and food. Then I would have to say family. Read more

Meet Najiyyah Muqtasid-Denham

Name? Najiyyah Muqtasid-Denham

What city are you from? Brooklyn, NY by way of North Carolina

When did you join Thiossane?

Original member

When you think of Thiossane, what immediately comes to mind? What does Thiossane mean to you?

Abdou Kounta comes to mind because he embodied Thiossane. Abdou Kounta wanted Thiossane to be a unique experience for everyone who joined and that has translated into the Institute over time. Read more