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Terenga Children's Festival

07/14/2018 - 07/15/2018 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Teranga – Senegalese Village Dance Festival for Children July 14-15, 2018! Organized by Papa Sy Naay Leer Dance Company and the Studio@550  Master Teacher, Papa Sy, founding of the Pasy Naay Leer Dance Company  is offering a  two day Senegalese dance festival for families at your studio 550  Using the theme of a Senegalese village, the festival would kick off with families gathered around an imaginary baobab tree to hear about the origins of Senegalese dance, rhythm and song.  Children and families would then enjoy 2-3 dance classes – each class would focusing on a different style of dance.  In addition to learning the basic movements and rhythms of the style, participants would learn where the dance is from, which ethnic group it belongs to, and what the dance’s function is.  Other festival elements  might include film, an exhibition of traditional Senegalese clothes, and traditional African food or juices.  The festival would end under the baobab tree, with a dance performance highlighting the styles we learned about during the festival.


2017 Fundraising Appeal

Starting with August 17th Summer Fiesta, 550 launches it’s 2nd annual fundraising campaign to support all that is (and will) going on at the Studio.

Support getting a donated piano up our steps, or a scholarship for the new youth dance program, even something as simple as keeping our rates affordable for artists.
During the past year and a half, we’ve seen so many wonderful things walk through our door: From the Artist Lab series we had in November 2016 to our Open Floor in February. Many artists have created work in the studio and we are grateful to be able to provide an affordable, convenient space for them to do that. We want to continue to make all of this (and more) possible in the future. But we really can’t without your contribution. Studio at 550 is a non-profit organization who has chosen to support artists with affordable artist rates. These rates need to be subsidized in order to meet expenses (such as rent). This is where you come in: Your donation will go directly towards keeping the artist rates affordable. Thank you for your continued support!
Callie Chapman
Studio at 550