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Ko-Thi Dance Company Presents M’Bemba Bangoura

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

By - Aug 16th, 2017 05:12 pm

Milwaukee, WI (Wednesday, August 16, 2017) – Ko-Thi Dance Company kicks off its 49th season with a Master Teacher Artist Residency taught by renowned dancer and musician M’Bemba Bangoura at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Wednesday, September 6th.

M’Bemba Bangoura is a native of Guinea, West Africa. By the age of twenty-one, he was an acclaimed master teacher, and performed with the National Dance Company of Guinea. He has created choreography and developed repertoire for dance companies throughout the United States, Mexico, Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean.

The general public is invited to attend the master classes on Wednesday, September 6th. Drum class will take place from 6:00pm to 7:00pm, followed by a community dance class at 7:30pm to 9:00pm in UWM’s Mitchell Hall, Room 254. The cost of each class is $15.00 per person. Students may attend for $10.00 with their student ID. All participants ages 15 and up are welcomed. Drummers must bring their own instruments.


Celebrating its historic 50th anniversary in 2019, Ko-Thi is the third oldest African dance company in America. Founded in Milwaukee in 1969, Ko-Thi Dance Company offers its audiences and students over 45 years of research, training, and expertise. Through its mission to preserve, promote, and uplift the dance and musical forms of Africa and the diaspora, the Company has become Wisconsin’s national and international touring gem with performances in Canada, Japan, & throughout the United States. Ko-Thi has been presenting its DRUMTALK performing arts education outreach program in schools since 1972, and the Ton Ko-Thi Children’s Performing Ensemble after school program in the community since 1983. Ko-Thi Dance Company is also a founding member of Black Arts MKE.


We’re committed to inspiring creativity in future generations by increasing the availability and quality of African American arts organizations in Milwaukee. Black Arts MKE artists serve over 3,000 youth annually for K5 through 8th grades. Our performing and visual arts education and outreach programs are designed to reach urban Milwaukee neighborhood schools serving at-risk, underserved, under-resourced, and primarily African American youth. Companies in residence include our founding member Ko-Thi Dance Company and Bronzeville Arts Ensemble. Our annual signature event, Black Nativity by Langston Hughes, is a new holiday musical favorite in Milwaukee and is produced in collaboration with the Marcus Center for Performing Arts. Black Arts MKE is a proud UPAF Affiliate and Resident Group at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. Please visit Black Arts MKE is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation.

NOTE: This press release was submitted to Urban Milwaukee and was not written by an Urban Milwaukee writer. It has not been verified for its accuracy or completeness.

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