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Juneteenth Celebration

June 26, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Chiku Awali African Dance, Arts & Culture performs and teaches dances such as Lamba and Funga, which are dances of welcome. KouKou and Gundi are celebration dances for a good fishing catch. The dance Sounou, shows off dancing ability and beauty; and Soli, Kassa, and Sinte, are dances about the coming of age. In all African cultures, dances are participatory.


Chiku Awali is proud to work with the Nyack Library in sharing the beauty and magic of these types of dances at the Juneteenth remembrance on June 26, 2021. At the event Chiku Awali staff, Yahaya Kamate, dance instructor and Gabriel Roxbury, drummer, will teach you, the audience, one of these traditional West African dances. Chiku Awali is a multifaceted community organization of African dancing, drumming, storytelling, arts, and cultural enrichment.


Alexandreena Dixon, a retired New York State prison warden from Suffern, founded Chiku Awali as a not for profit organization in January 2003. She did so to promote African dance and culture in Rockland County. Chiku Awali usually provides classes to adults and children at the Louis Kurtz Civic Center in Spring Valley. Since Covid-19, it offers classes online weekly for everyone. The company’s name, Chiku Awali is a combination of Swahili and Ibo that means charterer and joy. Thus, the name represents the joy of a new adventure.

For more information, visit www.chikuawali.org or call (845) 729-0670 Email: info@chikuawali.org


June 26, 2021
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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The Nyack Library


Hezekiah Easter Park/Veteran’s Memorial Park
Main & Cedar Streets
Nyack, NY 10960
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