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5/19/2017 - PERFORMANCE AND HOLIDAYCLASS UPDATE

  1. Yamoussa is back and there’s lots happening!

  2. Saturday, May 20, 2017
    Two Way Street FestivaL
    3:00-4:00pm Wood Street between Penn Ave. & Franklin Ave, Wilkinsburg, PA

  3. Sunday, MAY 21, 2017
    BLAIR COUNTY ARTS FESTIVAL
    2:30-3:15pm, Misciagna Portico, Penn State Altoona

  4. Sunday, May 28, 2017
    Altoona West African Drum Circle with Yamoussa
    4:00pm Heritage Plaza, 1400 Eleventh Ave, Altoona, PA 16602

  5. Saturday Dance and Sunday Drum classes will resume after Memorial Day weekend
    CLASSES WILL RESUME ON JUNE 3  & 4

  6. For  last minute changes or cancellations check Camara Drum and Dance on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CamaraDrumAndDance.



4/27/2017 - CLASS UPDATE

  1. Yamoussa is in Guinea! Saturday Dance and Sunday Drum classes will resume when he returns.
    CLASSES WILL RESUME ON MAY 20/21

  2. For  last minute changes or cancellations check Camara Drum and Dance on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CamaraDrumAndDance.



4/9/2017 - CLASS UPDATE

  1. NO CLASSES SATURDAY, APRIL 15  & SUNDAY, APRIL 16 2017. Happy Easter, Happy Passover, and a wonderful weekend to all.

  2. For  last minute changes or cancellations check Camara Drum and Dance on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CamaraDrumAndDance.


2/15/2017 - Upcoming Performance and Special Workshop

  1. UPCOMING PERFORMANCE
    Join Camara Drum and Dance at Tropical Forest Congo Festival
    Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, One Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15213
    phipps.conservatory.org, facebook.com/phippsconservatory, twitter.com/phippsnews

  2. SPECIAL WORKSHOP AT CARNEGIE MUSEUM
    Drum & Dance Workshop Sunday February 26, 11:30 am at the Carnegie Museum of Art as part of Wellness: Meditation and Movement at the Museum. More info at https://www.facebook.com/events/1619410491693412/
    To register:  http://cmoa.org/event/february-wellness-2017/

  3. Saturday Dance Classes and Sunday Drum Classes are running as usual in February. Click Classes & Workshops above for more information.

  4. For  last minute changes or cancellations check Camara Drum and Dance on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CamaraDrumAndDance.


1/25/2017 - Class Update and Upcoming Performance

  1. UPCOMING PERFORMANCE
    Join Camara Drum and Dance at Tropical Forest Congo Festival
    Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, One Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15213
    phipps.conservatory.org, facebook.com/phippsconservatory, twitter.com/phippsnews

  2. CLASS UPDATE
    - No Drum Class Sunday, January  29  and February 5th. Classes resume the following week.
    - Dance Classes running Saturdays, 1:30-2:30 pm as usual.
    - Drum & Dance Workshops Sunday January 29, 11:30 am at the Carnegie Museum of Art as part of Wellness: Meditation and Movement at the Museum. More info at https://www.facebook.com/events/1371053356247519/
    To register:  http://cmoa.org/event/january-wellness-2017/

  3. For  last minute changes or cancellations check Camara Drum and Dance on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CamaraDrumAndDance.


12/9/2016 - Holiday Class Update and Upcoming Performance

  1. Join Camara Drum and Dance for a Kwanzaa Celebration
    Wednesday, December 28th, 6:30-8:30pm,
    Mt Lebanon Public Library, 16 Castle Shannon Blvd. Pittsburgh, PA 15228

  2. HOLIDAY CLASS UPDATE
    Last Saturday Dance class on December 10th.
    Dance and drum classes will return in January
    HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

  3. For  last minute changes or cancellations check Camara Drum and Dance on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CamaraDrumAndDance.




11/14/2016 - Holiday Class Update and Upcoming Performance

  1. A Celebration of African Music and Dance
    Friday, December 2, 8 p.m.
    Bellefield Hall Auditorium, 315 South Bellefield Avenue, PIttsburgh, PA 152
    Join Director Yamoussa Camara and Pitt’s African Music and Dance Ensemble for an evening of traditional and contemporary African performance. Pitt’s performers will be joined by leading African music groups Sankofa Village and Camara Drum and Dance. The concert is free and open to the public.

  2. HOLIDAY CLASS UPDATE
    No Saturday Dance class on November 26. Happy Thanksgiving!
    Drum class will be taking a hiatus for the holiday season. See you in January.

  3. For  last minute changes or cancellations check Camara Drum and Dance on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CamaraDrumAndDance.


10/14/2016 - Class Update; Camara Drum and Dance Performance

  1. CAMARA DRUM AND DANCE PERFORMANCE
    Sunday, October 16, Camara Drum and Dance will be drumming for the Steel City World Cup at the HighMark Stadium on the South Side from 2:20-3:00pm.

  2. CLASS UPDATE - No drum class Sunday, October 16 (see above)

  3. For  last minute changes or cancellations check Camara Drum and Dance on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CamaraDrumAndDance.


9/7/2016 - Class Update; Camara Drum and Dance Performance

  1. CAMARA DRUM AND DANCE PERFORMANCE
    AfroART -  Saturday, September 17th, 2016, 4:20 pm - 5:00 pm on Flagstaff Hill, across from Phipps Coservatory in Schenley Park. (Frew St Intersected with Schenley Dr. Pittsburgh, PA 15213)

  2. CLASS UPDATE - Classes return to the normal schedule this weekend. All classes are ongoing, no registration is necessary. $15/class or $120/10 classes with a Dance Class or Drum Class card.

  3. West African Drum: Djembe, DunDun, Sangban, Kenkeni
    CLASS RETURNS SUNDAY SEPT 11, 1:00-2:30 PM
    The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination, 5006 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224

  4. West African Dance Class
    CLASS RETURNS SATURDAY SEPT 10, 1:30-2:30 PM
    Bodiography Center For Movement (3rd floor), 5824 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217 (Squirrel Hill)

  5. For  last minute changes or cancellations check Camara Drum and Dance on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CamaraDrumAndDance.


8/17/2016 - Class Update; Camara Drum and Dance Performances

  1. CLASS UPDATES - No class until after Labor Day. Enjoy these last days of summer.

  2. West African Drum: Djembe, DunDun, Sangban, Kenkeni
    CLASS RETURNS SUNDAY SEPT 11, 1:00-2:30 PM
    The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination, 5006 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224

  3. West African Dance Class
    CLASS RETURNS SATURDAY SEPT 10, 1:30-2:30 PM
    Bodiography Center For Movement (3rd floor), 5824 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217 (Squirrel Hill)

  4. CAMARA DRUM AND DANCE PERFORMANCE
    AfroART -  Saturday, September 17th, 2016, 4:20 pm - 5:00 pm on Flagstaff Hill, across from Phipps Coservatory in Schenley Park. (Frew St Intersected with Schenley Dr. Pittsburgh, PA 15213)


7/16/2016 - Doundoun Dance Workshop in Pittsburgh and Hollidaysburg: July Class Update

  1. DOUNDOUN DANCE WORKSOPS WITH KARAMOKO CAMARA
    Doundoun Dance is dancing and drumming at the same time. Taught by the inimitable Karamoko Camara from Guinea, West Africa, well, it just doesn’t get better than that. Dance movements are incorporated into playing the sangban (drum) with sticks. Bring your drum and sticks (even if it's not a real sangban, as long as the drum sits on the floor and you play it with sticks). We also have a few available.

    IN PITTSBURGH, PA
    There are two workshops; you can come to one or both of them. Workshops are $20 for one/ $30 for both.

  2. Saturday, July 30, 1:30-3:00 pm
    Bodiography Center For Movement (3rd floor)
    5824 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217 (Squirrel Hill)

  3. Sunday,July, 31, 1:00-2:30 pm
    The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination
    5006 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224


  4. IN HOLLIDAYSBURG, PA
    There are two workshops; you can come to one or both of them. Workshops are $20 for one/ $30 for both.
    Both workshops are at Chimney Rocks

  5. Saturday, 23rd: 11:00 - 12:45

  6. Sunday, 24th: 1:00 - 2:30, dinner & drum circle to follow

  7. CLASS UPDATES

  8. West African Dance
    Bodiography Center For Movement, 5824 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217 (Squirrel Hill)

  9. Saturday, July 9 - 23: Class as usual 1:30-2:30pm

  10. Saturday, July 30: Special Doundoun Dance Workshop with Karamoko Camara (see below) 1:30-3:00pm

  11. Saturday, August 3 and on: Class as usual 1:30-2:30pm

  12. West African Drum
    The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination, 5006 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224

  13. Sunday, July 10: Class as usual 1:00-2:30pm

  14. Sunday, July 17 and 24: NO drum class

  15. Sunday, July 31: Special Doundoun Dance Workshop with Karamoko Camara (see below) 1:00-2:30pm

  16. Sunday,  August 4 and on: Class as usual 1:00-2:30pm

  17. For  last minute changes or cancellations check Camara Drum and Dance on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CamaraDrumAndDance.



6/30/2016 - Special Doundoun Dance workshops with Karamoko Camara;Class updates

  1. DOUNDOUN DANCE WORKSOPS WITH KARAMOKO CAMARA
    Doundoun Dance is dancing and drumming at the same time. Taught by the inimitable Karamoko Camara from Guinea, West Africa, well, it just doesn’t get better than that. Dance movements are incorporated into playing the sangban (drum) with sticks. Bring your drum and sticks (even if it's not a real sangban, as long as the drum sits on the floor and you play it with sticks). We also have a few available.
    There are two workshops; you can come to one or both of them. Workshops are $20 for one/ $30 for both.

  2. Saturday, July 30, 1:30-2:30 pm
    Bodiography Center For Movement (3rd floor)
    5824 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217 (Squirrel Hill)

  3. Sunday,July, 31, 1:00-2:30 pm
    The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination
    5006 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224

  4. CLASS UPDATES

  5. Saturday African Dance Class - on July 30 regular class will be replaced by the Doundoun Dance Workshop

  6. Sunday African Drum Class -  on July 31 regular class will be replaced by the Doundoun Dance Workshop


6/3/2016 - Class updates; Upcoming events and performances

  1. CLASS UPDATES

  2. Saturday African Dance Class returns Saturday, June 4, 1:30-2:30 pm, Bodiography Center For Movement (see Classes & Workshops for details.)

  3. Sunday African Drum Class returns Sunday, June 5, 1:00-2:30 pm at The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination
    (see Classes & Workshops for details.)

  4. UCOMING CAMARA DRUM AND DANCE PERFORMANCES

  5. Tuesday, June 7, 2016
    7:00-8:00pm
    Bethel Park Community Center
    5151 Park Avenue Bethel Park, PA 15102

  6. Saturday, June 25, 2016
    11:30am-12:30pm
    Tropical Forest Congo Festival
    Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
    One Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15213

  7. SIGN UP FOR REACT!
    The Rhythm Experience and Africana Culture
    This is an Alzheimer’s Association-funded research study and will compare two activities, African Dance (taught by Yamoussa) and an Education/ Discussion Group, which might be beneficial for older African Americans (ages 65-75). The study will examine whether brain health, fitness levels or quality of life improve as a result of participating in these activities three times per week for six months.
    You will be compensated $60 for completing the pretests prior to starting the activities and $90 for completing the posttests at the end of the study.
    For more information, please contact: The Brain Aging and Cognitive Health (BACH) Lab
    Call 412-302-6679 or visit: www.med.upenn.edu/aging/react.html

  8. For  last minute changes or cancellations check Camara Drum and Dance on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CamaraDrumAndDance.



5/3/2016 - Class updates; Upcoming events

  1. CLASS UPDATES

  2. Saturday African Dance Class
    No classes in May.  Class returns Saturday, June 4, 1:30-2:30 pm, Bodiography Center For Movement

  3. Sunday African Drum Class
    No classes in May.  Class returns Sunday, June 5, 1:00-2:30 pm at The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination

  4. Tuesday/Thursday Dance Class at Carnegie Mellon
    Last class open to the community is Thursday, May 12. Beginning May 17, classes will only be Carnegie Mellon students, staff, faculty and sponsored affiliates.

  5. UCOMING EVENTS

  6. Saturday, May 7, Joy Drummers Spring Retreat
    Yamoussa is guest artist at Joy Drummers Spring Retreat Drum Circle and Pot Luck Saturday, May 7, 11 am - 3 pm at Canoe Creek State Park, Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania 16648 (They’ll be near the Concession Stand, look for signs).

  7. May 12-15, Camp Matam
    Join Yamoussa and other master West African drum and dance artists at Camp Matam in Calagary, Alberta, Canada. for more information and to register, see www.mohamedtounkara.com.

  8. Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers and have a great Memorial Day Weekend. See you in June.

  9. For  last minute changes or cancellations check Camara Drum and Dance on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CamaraDrumAndDance.



3/25/2016 - NEW  PHONE NUMBER 412-313-4266; Upcoming performances

  1. NEW PHONE NUMBER 412-313-4266 for Yamoussa Camara and Camara Drum and Dance.
    Be sure to update your contacts.

  2. Camara Drum and Dance April performances

  3. Thursday, April 7, 2016
    Camara Drum and Dance will provide music between 12:30pm-2:00 pm, for the Black Arts Festival at  Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA, 16057

  4. Friday, April 8, 2016
    Camara Drum and Dance &  Bofenda Bokulaka Ilonga will open for African Music and Dance Ensemble on Friday,  8 p.m at Bellefield Hall Auditorium, University of Pittsburgh. Tickets are available through the University of Pittsburgh Stages Box Office, by calling 412-624-7529, or visiting music.pitt.edu/tickets. Tickets in advance: general admission is $8.50; non-Pitt students and seniors are $5. At the door: general admission is $12; non-Pitt students and seniors are $8. Pitt students: free with valid ID.

  5. All Dance and Drum classes are running as usual. Click on Classes & Workshops above for details on all classes.

  6. For  last minute changes or cancellations check Camara Drum and Dance on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CamaraDrumAndDance.



3/25/2016 - Holiday class update; Upcoming performance

  1. Holiday Class Update

  2. No Dance class at Bodiography on Saturday, March 26, 2016. Class will be back next Saturday, April 2.

  3. No Drum class at Irma Freeman Center on Sunday, March 27. Class will be back next Sunday, April 3.

  4. All other classes are running as usual. Click on Classes & Workshops above for details on all classes.

  5. Camara Drum and Dance &  Bofenda Bokulaka Ilonga will open for African Music and Dance Ensemble on Friday, April 8, 8 p.m at Bellefield Hall Auditorium, University of Pittsburgh. Tickets are available through the University of Pittsburgh Stages Box Office, by calling 412-624-7529, or visiting music.pitt.edu/tickets. Tickets in advance: general admission is $8.50; non-Pitt students and seniors are $5. At the door: general admission is $12; non-Pitt students and seniors are $8. Pitt students: free with valid ID.

  6. For  last minute changes or cancellations check Camara Drum and Dance on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CamaraDrumAndDance.



3/5/2016 - Drum class update

  1. No  Drum class at Irma Freeman Center on Sunday, March 6th. Class will be back next Sunday. All other classes are running as usual.

  2. Click on Classes & Workshops above for details on all classes.

  3. For  last minute changes or cancellations check Camara Drum and Dance on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CamaraDrumAndDance.



2/17/2016 - Camara Drum and Dance  performances; updated class schedule

  1. No  Dance class at Bodiography on Saturday, February 20. (See performance at Phipps Conservatory) Classes will resume next week.  Click on Classes & Workshops above for details on all classes.

  2. Upcoming Camara Drum and Dance performances

  3. Friday, February 19, 2016
    6:00 - 6:30 pm
    International Mother Language Day Celebration
    Bethel Park Community Center, Bethel Park, PA

  4. Saturday, February 20, 2016
    3:00-4:00 pm
    Tropical Forest Congo Festival
    Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, One Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15213

  5. Wednesday, February 24, 2016
    6:30 pm
    Penn State University York Campus, York, PA 

  6. For  last minute changes or cancellations check Camara Drum and Dance on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CamaraDrumAndDance.


1/5/2016 - Dance and Drum Classes return for 2016

  1. Tuesday/Thursday dance classes at Carnegie Mellon University return Tuesday, January 12.

  2. Saturday dance class at Bodiography returns Saturday, January 9.
    Special instructor Mito Camara on  January 16  (See drum workshop in Altoona).

  3. Sunday drum classes at Irma Freeman Center return Sunday January 10.
    No class January 17 (See drum workshop in Altoona).

  4. Special African Drum Workshop with Yamoussa  in Altoona with Joy Drummers, Saturday, January 16.

  5. For class and workshop details, click on the Classes & Workshops link above.

  6. For  last minute changes or cancellations check Camara Drum and Dance on Facebook
    https://www.facebook.com/CamaraDrumAndDance



12/15/2015 - Holiday Class Schedule

  1. Tuesday/Thursday dance classes 12/15 and 12/17 at Carnegie Mellon University are FREE.
    Last class December 17th.

  2. Saturday 12/19 is the last dance class at Bodiography until January.

  3. No Sunday drum classes until January. 

  4. For class details, click on the Classes & Workshops link above.

  5. For  last minute changes or cancellations check Camara Drum and Dance on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CamaraDrumAndDance



12/03/2015 - All dance and drum classes back to the normal schedule

  1. All classes resume the normal schedule week. For class details, click on the Classes & Workshops link above.

  2. For  last minute changes or cancellations check Camara Drum and Dance on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CamaraDrumAndDance



11/23/2015 - Thanksgiving holiday class schedule

  1. YES, there is dance class:
    Tuesday, November 24, 7:30-8:30 pm, Carnegie Mellon University, University Center Actvities Room, 2nd Floor

  2. There will be NO dance class:
    Thursday, November 26
    Saturday, November 28

  3. There will be NO drum class:
    Sunday, November 2

  4. All classes will resume the normal schedule the following week.

  5. For  last minute changes or cancellations check Camara Drum and Dance on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CamaraDrumAndDance


11/06/2015 - All classes back  to normal schedule

  1. All dance and drum classes are back to the nomal schedule. Click on Classes & Workshops (above) for
    more information.

  2. Join Yamoussa and the Pitt African Drum and Dance Ensemble (his class at the University of Pittsburgh) for the World Music Festival, November 17, 7-9pm, William Pitt Union Lower Lounge, University of Pittsburgh.

  3. For  last minute changes or cancellations check Camara Drum and Dance on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CamaraDrumAndDance



10/27/2015 - No class Saturday, October 31 or November 1; Black River African Dance Conference

  1. No  Dance class on Saturday, October 31  or Drum class on Novemeber 1. Classes will resume next week.  Click on Classes & Workshops above for class details

  2. This weekend is Black River African Dance Conference here in Pittsburgh. Yamoussa will be providing musical accompaniment for the dance workshops and evening performance.

  3. For  last minute changes or cancellations check Camara Drum and Dance on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CamaraDrumAndDance


9/17/2015 - No classes September 19-20; Yamoussa in Holidaysburg, PA this weekend

  1. No  Dance class on Saturday, September 19  or Drum class on September 20. Classes will resume next week.  Click on Classes & Workshops above for class details

  2. Saturday, September 19, Yamoussa will be guest artist with Joy Drummers at Canoe Creek State Park in Holidaysburg, PA. Drumming & Fellowship, Movement & Meditation from 9am-3pm. Yamoussa will be teaching from 12:30-2:30pm.

  3. For  last minute changes or cancellations check Camara Drum and Dance on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CamaraDrumAndDance.


9/2/2015 - Class Schedule Update; Performance September 12

  1. No  classes Labor Day weekened. All classes back to the normal schedule the following week. Click on
    Classes & Workshops above for details.

  2. Click on  the Performances link to see upcoming performances and events for September.

  3. For  last minute changes or cancellations check Camara Drum and Dance on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CamaraDrumAndDance.


7/13/2015 - Classes back to normal schedule

  1. All classes are back to the normal schedule. Click on Classes & Workshops above for details.

  2. Click on  the Performances link to see upcoming performances and events for July and August.

  3. For  last minute changes or cancellations check Camara Drum and Dance on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CamaraDrumAndDance.


7/2/2015 - No classes July 4th weekend

  1. There will be no Saturday dance class on July 4th or Sunday drum class on July 5th. Have a great weekend!

  2. For  last minute changes or cancellations check Camara Drum and Dance on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CamaraDrumAndDance.


5/28/2015 - June  class and performance update

  1. Classes are back to the normal schedule for June. Click on the Classes Workshops link above for details.

  2. Mark your calendars for the Hanifa fundraiser to stop gender violence, which will be held Sunday June 21st from 4 pm to 7 pm at Rodef Shalom Congregation, 4905 5th Ave, Pittsburgh, Pa.

  3. For  last minute changes or cancellations check Camara Drum and Dance on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CamaraDrumAndDance.


5/10/2015 - Holiday Class schedule
                

  1. There will be no dance or drum classes for the weekends of May 16-17 and May 23-24 (Memorial Day Weekend)
    Saturday Dance class at Bodigraphy will return on Saturday, May 30.
    Sunday Drum class at Irma Freeman Center for Imgination will return Sunday May 31.

  2. Tuesday/ Thursday dance classes at Carnegie Mellon University continue without a break. Click on the Classes & Workshops link above for more information.

  3. Mark your calendars for the Hanifa fundraiser to stop gender violence, which will be held Sunday June 21st from 4 pm to 7 pm at Rodef Shalom Congregation, 4905 5th Ave, Pittsburgh, Pa.

  4. For  last minute changes or cancellations check Camara Drum and Dance on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CamaraDrumAndDance.



4/2/2015 -Weekend Class schedule; Performances April 16 and 17
                

  1. This weekend (April 3-5) Saturday Dance class at Bodigraphy or Sunday Drum class at Irma Freeman Center for Imgination are cancelled (for Easter and Passover). Classes resume next weekend. All other classes are running as scheduled.

  2. Camara Drum and Dance performs Thursday, April 16, 2015, Noon-1:00 pm, Fine Arts Building, Glenville State College, 200 High Street, Glenville, WV 26351.

  3. The University of Pittsburgh’s African Drum Ensemble (Yamoussa’s class) performs April 17, 2015, 8pm, University of Pittsburgh’s African Drum Ensemble, Bellefield Hall, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. The performance will be followed by a 30 minute workshop.

  4. For  last minute changes or cancellations check Camara Drum and Dance on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CamaraDrumAndDance.



3/17/2015 - All classes back to normal schedule; Performance March 21
                

  1. All classes resume their normal schedules (for details, click the Classes & Workshops link above)

  2. Tuesday/Thursday Dance Class, 7:30-8:30 pm at Carnegie Mellon University

  3. Satruday Dance Class 1:30-2:30 pm at Bodiography Center for Movement

  4. Sunday Drum Class 1:00-2:30 pm at Irma Freeman Center for Imagination

  5. Camara Drum and Dance perfors for Night in Africa, Saturday, March 21, 2015, 7:30-10:30pm in the Capitol Union Building at Penn State University, Harrisburg Campu

  6. For  last minute changes or cancellations check Camara Drum and Dance on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CamaraDrumAndDance.


3/7/2015 - Spring Break Class Update
                

  1. Tuesday/Thursday Dance Class at Carnegie Mellon University
    NO CLASS TUES 3/10/15 and THURS 3/12/15

  2. Satruday Dance Class at Bodiography Center for Movement
    NO CLASS 3/14/15

  3. Sunday Drum Class at Irma Freeman Center for Imagination
    NO CLASS 3/15/15

  4. For  last minute changes or cancellations check Camara Drum and Dance on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CamaraDrumAndDance.

2/22/2015- Roads clear, all classes back to normal
                

  1. Drum class today (Sunday) 1:00-2:30PM Irma Freeman Center for the Imagination. Click on Classes & Workshops above for a complete class schedule.

  2. For  last minute changes or cancellations check Camara Drum and Dance on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CamaraDrumAndDance.

2/21/2015- Dance class cancelled for today
                

  1. African Dance at Bodiography cancelled for today Feb 21st. The roads are bad and not getting better anytime soon. Stay home, stay warm, stay safe (and maybe dance a little on your own!)  See you next week.


1/3/2015- Drum and dance classes return for 2015
                

  1. Classes will resume normal schedules as follows

  2. Saturday Dance Class at Bodiography
    Classes resume January 10, 2015

  3. Sunday Drum Class at Irma Freeman Center
    Classes resume January 11, 2015

  4. Tuesday/Thursday Dance Class at Carnegie Mellon University
    Classes resume in January 13, 2015

  5. All classes are ongoing and open to the public. Drop ins welcome. For more information click on Classes & Workshops or email Yamoussa.


12/14/2014 - CHANGES to the Holiday Class Schedule
                

  1. Seems like the holidays are already upon us and folks are not able to squeeze in classes. So...

  2. Sunday Drum Class at Irma Freeman Center
    No class today. Classes resume January 2015

  3. Tuesday/Thursday Dance Class at Carnegie Mellon University
    Last class this semester, Tuesday, December 16 (unchanged)
    Classes resume in January 2015

  4. Saturday Dance Class at Bodiography
    No class until January 2015

  5. HAVE A WONDERFUL HOLIDAY STARTING NOW!



12/8/2014 - Holiday Class Schedule
                

  1. Tuesday/Thursday Dance Class at Carnegie Mellon University
    Free classes Tuesday, December 9 and Thursday, December 11
    Last class this semester, Tuesday, December 16
    Classes resume in January 2015.

  2. Saturday Dance Class at Bodiography
    Last class this year, December 20.
    Classes resume in January 2015..

  3. Sunday Drum Class at Irma Freeman Center
    Last class this year, December 21.
    Classes resume in January 2015.

  4. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!



11/25/2014 - Thanksgiving Weekend Class Schedule
                

  1. No dance class at Carnegie Mellon University, Thursday, November 27 (Thanksgiving Day).
    No dance class at Bodiography Saturday, November 29.
    No drum class at Irma Freeman Center Sunday, November 30.

  2. All classes resume normal schedule next week.

  3. HAVE A WONDERFUL HOLIDAY!



11/13/2014 - Camara Drum and Dance performance November 13
                

  1. Camara Drum and Dance performs at the SHRS Annual International Day, Thursday , November 13, 3:40-4:10pm, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, 4019 Forbes Tower, Pittsburgh, PA 15260

  2. All dance and drum classes are running as usual. Click on Classes & Workshops for details.



10/25/2014 - Drum Class Update, Special Workshop in Altoona
                

  1. No Pittsburgh drum class Sunday October 26 or November 2nd. See you November 16 or in Altoona on
    November 2 !

  2. Drum workshop in Altoona on November 2 at the Dance of Light Studio at 3612 Colonel Drake Highway (Route 36) north of Altoona. 2:00-3:00 PM



10/4/2014 - Drum Class Update
                

  1. Drum class is back, every Sunday, 1:00-2:30pm at the Irma Freeman Center for Imagination. For more details, click on Classes & Workshops.


9/27/2014 - Drum Class Update
                

  1. There will be no drum class on Sunday, September 28 due to the Great Race. See you next week!


8/20/2014 - Class Updates,
                

  1. Class Schedule

  2. Tuesday/Thursday West African Dance classes at Carnegie Mellon University continue without a break 7:30-8:30pm in the University Center.

  3. No West African Dance class at Bodiography Saturday August 23 and August 30. Class resumes September 6.

  4. No West African Drum class Sunday August 24 and 31.Class resumes September 7 at Irma Freeman Center for the Imagination

  5. For more details, click the Classes & Workshops link above. Or email  Yamoussa to get on the email list.

  6. Yamoussa will be joining Moustapha Bangoura and many other West African dancers and musicians at the 1st Annual Camp Won Na Won Malan, August 22 - August 24, 2014 in Selma, Indiana. For more information see http://www.lebagatae.com/camp-le-bagatae/



7/22/2014 - Drum/Dance Workshops in Altoona this Sunday, July 27
                

  1. Camara Drum and Dance presents West African Drum and Dance workshops with Yamoussa Camara, Mito Camara and N’Mah Sylla, Sunday, July 27, 2014, at the Heartspace Wellness Alliance, 217 Union Ave, 2nd Floor, Altoona, Pennsylvania 16602. Classes will be followed by an African meal.

  2. 2:00pm-Drum Class $15

  3. 3:00pm-Dance Class $15

  4. 4:00-Guinea Cuisine $10

  5. Class updates for July 27, weekend

  6. No Saturday dance class with Yamoussa at Bodiography, July 26. Class resumes on August 2.

  7. No Sunday drum classes with Yamoussa July 27. Class resumes on August 3.

  8. No Friday sangban/dance classes with Mito July 25 or August  1 (first Friday). Class resumes on August 8.

  9. All other classes will meet as usual.

  10. For more details, click the Classes & Workshops link above. Or email  Yamoussa to get on the email list.


6/30/2014 - 4th of July Holiday Class Schedule
                

  1. Class updates

  2. Tuesday/ Thursday dance classes with Yamoussa at Carnegie Mellon University continue every week
    7:30-8:30 pm. There are no breaks.

  3. No Saturday dance class with Yamoussa at Bodiography, July 5. Class resumes on July 12.

  4. No Sunday drum classes with Yamoussa July 6 & 13. Class resumes on July 20.

  5. No Friday sangban/dance classes with Mito July 4. Class resumes on July 11.

  6. No Monday dance class with Mito June 30 & July 7. Class resumes on July 14.

  7. For more details, click the Classes & Workshops link above. Or email  Yamoussa to get on the email list.



5/11/2014 - Lots happening in May!
                

  1. Class updates

  2. Tuesday/ Thursday dance classes with Yamoussa at Carnegie Mellon University continue every week
    7:30-8:30 pm. There are no breaks.

  3. No Saturday dance classes with Yamoussa at Bodiography May 17th  (see Black River)  or May 24 (Memorial
    Day Weekend).

  4. No Sunday drum classes with Yamoussa May 18th  (see Black River)  or May 25th (Memorial Day Weekend).

  5. No Friday sangban/dance classes with Mito May 16th  (see Black River)  or May 23 (Memorial Day Weekend).

  6. No Monday dance class with Mito May 26th (Memorial Day).

  7. For more details, click the Classes & Workshops link above. Or email  Yamoussa to get on the email list.

  8. Black River African Dance Conference 2014

  9. May 16-18, 2014 Pittsburgh, PA

  10. There are no classes May 16-18 so come take a workshop of t wo at the Black River African Dance Conference featuring a stellar lineup that includes Mama Kadiatou Conte Forte, Mariama Basse, Salematou Keita, Assane Konte, Hamidou Bangoura, Assane M'Baye and Fode Moussa Camara.  All levels welcome. For complete details see http://www.balafon.org/black-river-african-dance-conference-2014/.


4/4/2014 - Lots happening in April!
                

  1. Class updates

  2. Special Dance Workshop with Yamoussa, Thursday, April 17, 2014 6:30-8:30 pm, 570 Beaver Valley Mall, Monaca, PA 15061

  3. Saturday classes moving up!  We outgrew our space for Saturday dance classes so we moved upstairs to a larger studio on 3rd floor at Bodiography in Squirrel Hill. Come spread your wings! Same time 1:30-2:30 pm.

  4. Dance classes at Carnegie Mellon University continue every Tuesday/ Thursday 7:30-8:30 pm and Drum classes continue every Sunday, 1:00-2:30pm.

  5. Upcoming Camara Drum and Dance perfomannces

  6. Tuesday, April 8, 2014, Noon - 1:00 pm, International Food & Dance Festival, CCAC North Campus, 8701 Perry Highway, Pittsburgh, PA 15237

  7. Monday, April 14, 2014, 6:20-8:20 pm, Wigle Whiskey in the Strip District, 2401 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA 1522

  8. For more details, click the Classes & Workshops or the Performances links above. Or email  Yamoussa to get on the email list.



3/10/2014 - CMU Spring Break
                

  1. It’s Spring Break at Carnegie Mellon University. No dance class Tuesday, March 11 and Thursday, March 13. Class resume as usual next week.

  2. Saturday dance class at Bodiography Center For Movement and Sunday drum class at Irma Freeman Center for the Imagination will continue as usual. (See Classes & Workshops for details).


2/12/2014 - SATURDAY DANCE CLASSES ARE BACK
                

  1. NEW CLASS! West African Dance starts February 15, 2014
        Every Saturday, 1:30-2:30 pm
        Bodiography Center For Movement
        5824 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217 (Squirrel Hill)


2/8/2014 - No Drum Class today due to weather
                

  1. Sorry for the last minute. The snow came up fast.


1/22/2014 - Sunday, Jan 26 Camara Drum and Dance Performance/No Drum Class
                

  1. Camara Drum and Dance performance, Sunday, January 26, from 2:00 to 3:00pm  for World Kaleidoscope at the  Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. FREE!

  2. No Drum Class on Sunday, January 26 (Come to the Camara Drum and Dance performance.) Class returns as usual the following Sunday.



1/8/2014 - Correction: Dance class starts Tuesday, January 14, 2014
                

  1. Yamoussa’s Tuesday/Thursday dance classes will start up again Tuesday, January 14 NOT January 7 as stated earlier. Apologies to those who came last night despite the frigid weather.


1/4/2014 - Drum and Dance Classes starting up for 2014
                

  1. Yamoussa’s Sunday drum classes start up again on Sunday, January 4, 2014, 1:00-2:30 pm at the Irma Freeman Center for Imagination, 5006 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224

  2. Yamoussa’s Tuesday/Thursday dance classes will start up again Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at Carnegie Mellon University, University Center, Forbes Ave in Oakland, 15213.

  3. All classes are open to the public and are ongoing. No registration necessary, drop-ins welcome. Click the Classes & Workshops link above for more details.



WISHING YOU ALL A JOYOUS HOLIDAY SEASON!



12/13/2013 - Change in Drum class holiday schedule
                

  1. There wlll be no drum class December 15th. See you in January.


12/8/2013 - Holiday class schedule
                

  1. Holiday Class Schedule

  2. The last dance class for 2013 at Carnegie Mellon University is Thursday, December 12th.

  3. The last drum class for 2013 at Irma Freeman Center for Imagination is Sunday, December 15th.

  4. All classes will resume in January. Happy Holidays and see you in 2014!


11/18/2013 - Thanksgiving class schedule; World Music Festival
                

  1. Thanksgiving Class Schedule

  2. No dance class at Carnegie Mellon University, Thursday, November 28, 2013.

  3. No drum class at Irma Freeman Center, Sunday, December 1, 2013.

  4. Classes resume the following week.

  5. Yamoussa currently teaches the African Drum Ensemble at the University of Pittsburgh. His students will be performing December 7th at the World Music Festival. in the Bellefield Hall Auditorium, Bellefield Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (Oakland). Put it on your calendar.

  6. Or email  Yamoussa to get on the email list.



10/31/2013 - African Drum and Dance Family Workshop, Sunday, Nov 3
                

  1. African Drum and Dance Family Workshop with Yamoussa,
    Sunday, November 3, 2013, 4-6 pm
    Winchester Thurston Dance Studio, City Campus
    555 Morewood Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15213
    For more information and to egister for the workshop, see the Winchester Thurston website
    http://www.winchesterthurston.org/page.cfm?p=2517


10/26/2013 - Classes back to normal schedule
                

  1. Click on the Classes & Workshops link for details and upates on all the dance and drum classes.

  2. Or email  Yamoussa to get on the email list.


10/14/2013 - Yamoussa and Mito in NYC for Mouminatou’s Dance Weekend, October 18, 19, 20.
                

  1. Yamoussa and Mito will b playing for MOUMINATOU CAMARA AND SEEWE AFRICAN DANCE COMPANY’S 1ST ANNUAL WEST AFRICAN DANCE WORKSHOP, AT THE HARLEM YMCA, IN HARLEM, NY. For more information, see www.allaboutwestafricandance.com.

  2. Since Yamoussa and Mito will be in NYC, there will be no dance classes with Mito on Friday the 18th or Monday the 21st and no drum class with Yamoussa on Sunday the 20th. All other classes are running as scheduled.


10/10/2013 - Camara Drum and Dance at Taste of Africa, Saturday, October 12
                

  1. Camara Drum and Dance returns to Taste of Africa Fundraiser for the Cameroon Football Development Program, Saturday, October 12, 2013, 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, 6300 Fifth Ave  Pittsburgh, PA 15232. Come out for a good time while supporting a great cause.


9/19/2013 - Lots going on this week!
                

  1. Join Camara Drum and Dance for music at the One Young World Global Festival in Market Square, dowtown Pittsburgh on Wednesday, September 25th,, 3:00-4:00 pm

  2. Thursday, September 26, 2013, Camara Drum and Dance performs for International Day, 4:15-5:00 pm at the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

  3. Saturday, September 28, come join in a drum circle with Yamoussa at Allegheny Green + Innovation Festival, 1:00-1:45 pm at Hartwood Acres, Pittsburgh, PA 15238. Bring your own drum or use one of ours.

  4. All dance and drum classes are running as usual. See Classes and Workshops for details.


9/7/2013 - NO DRUM CLASS Sunday September 8
                

  1. No drum class Sunday, September 8. See you next week.


8/28/2013 - Performance and holiday class updates
                

  1. Join Camara Drum and Dance for music on the new Hillman Library Plaza

  2. Thursday, August 29, 12:45 pm to 1:45 pm, Hillman Library, University of Pittsburgh, at the corner of  Bigelow Blvd (Schenley Dr.) and Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

  3. Labor Day class updates

  4. Yamoussa’s Tuesday/Thursday dance class at Carnegie Mellon goes straight through without a break.

  5. Yamoussa’s Sunday drum class will be held as usual on Sunday, September 1

  6. Mito’s Friday dance/sangban class will be held as usual Friday, August 30

  7. Mito’s Monday dance class is cancelled for Monday, September 2



8/14/2013 - N’Mah Sylla, guest instructor at Sunday’s drum class Sunday, August 18
                

  1. N’Mah Sylla, formerly of Les Ballet Africains and Les Amazone will be guest instructor at Sunday’s drum class

  2. 1:00-2:30 pm

  3. The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination, 5006 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224

  4. Everyone welcome  $15/door

  5. Don’t forget all the other fun things going on this weekend (see below)



8/13/2013 - Class update; Camara Drum and Dance performances; Workshops in Altoona
                

  1. Yamoussa’s African Dance and Drum Class Updates

  2. Tuesday/Thursday African Dance classes at Carnegie Mellon University continue into fall without a break.

  3. Summer Friday lunchtime African Dance classes at Carnegie Mellon University are over.

  4. Sunday African Drum classes continue at the new time 1:00-2:30pm at the Irma Freeman Center for Imagination.

  5. Mito’s Dance Classs continue as usual Monday, 6:30-8pm Waverly Presbyterian Church and Friday, 6:45-8pm at the Irma Freeman Center. See MitoCamara.com

  6. West African Drum and Dance Workshops with Yamoussa in Altoona, PA

  7. Saturday, August 17, 2013

  8. DRUM 12:00-1:00 pm

  9. DANCE 1:15-2:30  pm

  10. The Summit, 2900 Plank Road, Altoona, PA

  11. $15/each or $25/both

  12. Two performances with Camara Drum and Dance this week

  13. Thursday, August 15, 2013, 10:30 am, Summer Reading Finale, Carnegie Library Main Branch, Pittsburgh, PA  15213

  14. Saturday, August 17, 2013, 7:00 pm, Pittsburgh Riverhounds Soccer, Highmark Stadium, 510 Station Square Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

  15. Always check the Classes & Workshops link and the Performances link above for more details. Or send email to Yamoussa to get on the mailing list.



7/16/2013 - Time changes for drum class and lunch time dance class
                

  1. Starting this Sunday, July 21, Yamoussa’s African Drum will be held from 1:00-2:30 pm, at the same location, The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination, 5006 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224. No registration necessary, drop-ins are welcome. Class cards are still good.

  2. The Friday  lunch-time dance class at Carnegie Mellon has been extended but the time is now 12:45-1:45pm. This class uses the same class card as the Tuesday/Thursday dance classes or you can buy a single class card for $5 at the Information Desk. All class are open to the community.


7/12/2013 - Drum class is back Sunday, July 14
                

  1. Yamoussa’s African Drum class starts back this Sunday, July 14, 2:30-4:00 pm, at The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination, 5006 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224. No registration necessary, drop-ins are welcome.
    $15/class or $120/10 classes.


6/30/2013 - Holiday Class Schedule
                

  1. Yamoussa’s dance classes at Carnegie Mellon run as usual except for Thursday, July 4th. No class that day.
    NOTE: Lunch time class on Fridays at 12:30-1:30pm has been extended to August 11th. There is class on July 5th.

  2. Yamoussa’s drum class is on break until Sunday, July 14.

  3. Always check the Classes & Workshops link above for details. Or send email to Yamoussa to get on the mailing list.


6/21/2013 - No Drum class until after the 4th; Dance classes as usual
                

  1. Yamoussa and Camara Drum and Dance are very busy the next couple of weeks (sorry! they are private events). So drum class will not meet until after July 4th weekend. Have a great holiday!

  2. Dance classes run as usual except for Thursday, July 4th. No class that day.

  3. Always check the Classes & Workshops link above for details. Or send email to Yamoussa to get on the mailing list.


6/15/2013 - Happy Father’s Day

  1. Yes, there is drum class to day. We will play for all of the Father’s.


6/1/2013 - All classes back to the normal schedule
                  New photos from the Children’s Festival

  1. Click on the Classes & Workshops link above for all the details on Yamoussa’s dance and drum classes.

  2. Click on the Photos link above to see the new photos from the Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival.



5/24/2013 - Memorial Day Class Updates

                    New Lunch-time Dance Class at CMU starts Friday, May 24

                

  1. NEW LUNCH-TIME CLASS AT CMU - West African Dance Class with Yamoussa starts Fridays, MAY 24, 12:30-1:30 pm, Carnegie Mellon University, University Center Activities Room, 2nd Floor. No experience or registration necessary. Drop-ins welcome. $5/class

  2. No drum class on Sunday, May 26. Class return the following Sunday. Have a great holiday weekend!

  3. Yamoussa’s African dance classes at Carnegie Mellon continue without a break, every Tuesday and Thursday, 7:30-8:30pm and now Fridays, 12:30-1:30PM.


5/13/2013 - Yamoussa and Mito at the 2nd Annual Black River Dance Conference
                    Camara Drum and Dance at the Children’s Festival

                    Class Updates

                

  1. Yamoussa will present a djembe workshop at the 2nd Annual Black River African Dance Conference, Friday, May 17, 2013 8:15 - 9:30 PM. Mito’s drum workshop is Saturday, at 2-3:30 pm at Barack Obama Academy (Formerly Peabody High School), 515 N. Highland Avenue, Pittsburgh PA  15206.

  2. No drum class on Sunday, May 19th. Go to the workshops at the Back River African Dance Conference for your drumming fix. Mito also canceling his Friday dance class on May 16th. Go to the conference for your dance fix too.

  3. Don’t forget Camara Drum and Dance is performing at the 26th Pittsburgh International Children's Festival, Saturday May 18, 2013, 11:00AM at the Community Stage, Schenley Plaza, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Look for the big white tent.

  4. Yamoussa’s dance classes at Carnegie Mellon University will continue through spring and into summer with no break. 7:30-8:30pm.


5/6/2013 - Camara Drum and Dance at the Children’s Festival

                  Class Updates

                

  1. Camara Drum and Dance performs at the 26th Pittsburgh International Children's Festival, Saturday May 18, 2013, 11:00AM at the Community Stage, Schenley Plaza, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Look for the big white tent.

  2. No drum class on Sunday, May 12th. HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY.

  3. Yamoussa will present a djembe workshop at the 2nd Annual Black River African Dance Conference, Friday, May 17, 2013 8:15 - 9:30 PM Barack Obama Academy (Formerly Peabody High School), 515 N. Highland Avenue, Pittsburgh PA  15206.

  4. Yamoussa’s dance classes at Carnegie Mellon University will continue through spring and into summer with no break. 7:30-8:30pm.


4/8/2013 -Drum Workshop in Vandergrift with Yamoussa and Mito, Saturday, April 13, 2013

                

  1. Drum Workshop in Vandergrift with Yamoussa and Mito
    Saturday, April 13, 2013, 6:00-8:00 pm at PLANET GOODNESS LLC, 1012 first street, North Vandergrift PA15690.
    $30 To sign up email Planet Goodness or call 724-841-1898.

  2. Yamoussa’s Sunday drum class is running as usual 2:30-4:00 pm at the Irma Freeman Center for Imagination, 5006 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224.


4/2/2013 -Photos from Saturdays Workshops!

                 Camara Drum and Dance Performance this weekend


  1. Saturday’s workshops were a great success and plans for the next workshop are in the works. Click on the photos link above to see photos from both the drum and dance workshop.

  2. Camara Drum and Dance performs this Saturday, April 6, 2013, 6-11pm at the Cameroon Football Development Program Benefit at Graceland in Wheeling, WV.


3/27/2013 -Dance and Drum Workshops this Saturday, MARCH 30!


  1. West African Drum & Dance Workshops, at Skibo Gymnasium, Carnegie Mellon University,
    5098 Tech St Pittsburgh, PA 15213

  2. Dance Workshop MOHAMED TOUNKARA of Guinea, West Africa. In Guinea will teach the dance workshop. Mohamed is former percussionist, dancer, choreographer and  assistant to the director of the renowned company, Le Ballet de Matam.
    3:00-4:30 pm
    $20/ $5 for CMU students with student ID

  3. Drum Workshop with Mamadouba (Mito) Camara former lead drummer for Les Ballet Africains
    1:30-2:30 pm
    $15/ $5 for CMU students with student ID

  4. HOW TO GET THERE

  5. Use the address 5098 Tech St Pittsburgh, PA 15213

  6. 61 B, C & D go from 5th & Wood downtown to Forbes & Morewood in Oakland

  7. Campus maps are available at http://www.cmu.edu/about/visit/campus-map.shtml .

  8. WHERE TO PARK

  9. There is meter parking on Tech Street, Frew Street and Schenley Drive.

  10. Morewood Lot and East Campus Garage are free on weekends. Both are on Forbes (see campus map)

  11. NO DRUM CLASS, SUNDAY MARCH 31. Come to Mito’s workshop on Saturday for your weekly drumming fix.

  12. Questions? Send email to Yamoussa .


3/19/2013 - Dance class updates

                    Mouminatou Camara coming Saturday, March 30 for Special Dance Workshop!


  1. West African Dance Class at Carnegie Mellon is back from spring break. Classes resume Tuesday, March 19. Class is every Tuesday and Thrusday at 7:30 pm in the University Center. No registration, everyone welcome.

  2. Check out Mito’s website mitocamara.com for Monday and Friday classes.

  3. MARK YOU R CALENDARS!!!!!  Camara Drum & Dance and Carnegie Alliance of Traditional & Social Dance present West African Drum & Dance Workshops at Skibo Small Gym, Tech Street, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

  4. Dance Workshop Mouminatou Camara, former principal dancer for Les Ballet Africains
    3:00-4:30 pm
    $20/ $5 for CMU students with student ID

  5. Drum Workshop with Mamadouba (Mito) Camara former lead drummer for Les Ballet Africains
    1:30-2:30 pm
    $15/ $5 for CMU students with student ID

  6. To get on the mailing list and receive email updates, send email to Yamoussa .


3/6/2013 - Mouminatou Camara coming Saturday, March 30 for Special Dance Workshop!

                  Dance class updates


  1. Camara Drum & Dance and Carnegie Alliance of Traditional & Social Dance present West African Drum & Dance Workshops at Skibo Small Gym, Tech Street, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

  2. Dance Workshop Mouminatou Camara, former principal dancer for Les Ballet Africains
    3:00-4:30 pm
    $20/ $5 for CMU students with student ID

  3. Drum Workshop with Mamadouba (Mito) Camara former lead drummer for Les Ballet Africains
    1:30-2:30 pm
    $15/ $5 for CMU students with student ID

  4. No West African Dance Class Tuesday, March 12  & Thursday, March 14 for Carnegie Mellon spring break. Classes will resume Tuesday, March 19.

  5. To get on the mailing list and receive email updates, send email to Yamoussa .


1/7/2013 - Dance and drum class updates


  1. West African Dance Class at Carnegie Mellon University will resume Tuesday, January 15, 2013
    Class is every Tuesday & Thursday, 7:30-8:30 pm in the University Center on Forbes Avenue, Actvities Room, 2nd Floor. No registration or experience necessary. Drop-ins welcome.

  2. West African Drum Class will resume Sunday, January 27, 2013, 2:30-4:00 pm at The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination, 5006 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232. No registration necessary. Drop-ins welcome.

  3. To get on the mailing list and receive email updates, send email to Yamoussa .


12/16/2012 - WE’RE OFF TO GUINEA! Happy Holidays and see you in January!


12/5/2012 - Holiday Class Updates and performance December 7, 2012


  1. Holiday Class Update

  2. Dance Class at Carnegie Mellon University - There is class this week and next week. The last class before the holidays is Thursday, December 13. Classes will resume in January.

  3. Drum Class at Irma Freeman - No drum class until after the holidays. Classes will resume in January.

  4. Camara Drum and Dance performs Friday, December 7 at the Cameroon Football Development Program’s Taste of Africa at the Union Project, 801 N Negley Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206. 6-10pm. Music, dance and African Food.



11/18/2012 - Holiday Class Updates
                   - Camara Drum & Dance Perrformance, December 7, 2012
                   - Like Camara Drum and Dance on Facebook


  1. Holiday Class Update

  2. Dance Class at Carnegie Mellon University - No class on Thanksgiving Day
    There is class Tuesday, Nov 20 and classes resume Tuesday, Nov 27.

  3. Drum Class at Irma Freeman - No class Sunday, Nov 25
    Class resumes Sunday, Dec 2

  4. Camara Drum and Dance performs Friday, December 7 at the Cameroon Football Development Program’s Taste of Africa at the Union Project, 801 N Negley Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206. 6-10pm.

  5. Be sure to LIKE us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CamaraDrumAndDance

  6. Happy Thanksgiving!


11/1/2012 - Camara Drum & Dance joins The Nego Gato AfroBrazilian Music & Dance Ensemble
                  - Mamady Sano and Amo Soumah dance and drum workshops next week.
                  - Don’t forget AFRICAN NIGHT, Saturday November 10, 2012


  1. Camara Drum and Dances are guests of the The Nego Gato AfroBrazilian Music and Dance Ensemble on Saturday, November 3, 7:30 pm at the Kelly Strayhorn Theatre, 5941 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA
    For more info: 412.201.4546

  2. Mamady Sano and Aboubacar (Amo) Soumah will be joining us for African Night on Saturday, November 10, 2012. While they are here, they’ll be doing dance and drum workshops.

  3. Drum workshop with Amo Soumah
    Friday, November 9, 2012 6:30-8 pm
    The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination, 5006 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15224
    $15 All levels welcome

  4. Dance workshop with Mamady Sano
    Saturday November 10, 2012 2:30-4 pm
    Waldorf School, 201 South Winebiddle Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15224
    $15 All levels welcome

  5. And don’t forget AFRICAN NIGHT! Saturday, November 10, 2012.



10/20/2012 - No Drum Class Sunday, October 21, 2012
                      No Mito Sangban/Dance Class Monday October 22, 2012



  1. No Drum class on Sunday, October 12 and and no Mito Sangan/Dance class on Monday, October  22. All other classes running as usual and both classes will be back next week.


10/18/2012 - Upcoming performances, Mito’s new class,



  1. Camara Drum and Dance has two performances coming up

  2. Saturday, November 3, 2012, 7:30pm
    Camara Drum and Dance will perform with the Nego Gato Afro Brazilian Music and Dance Ensemble at the The Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Avenue  Pittsburgh, PA 15206

  3. Saturday, November 10, 2012, 7-10pm
    AFRICAN NIGHT! Camara Drum and Dance will be joined by Cheik Barry,
    Mohamed Tounkara and Alya Sylla  from Guinea, West Africa. Also performing are Pittsburgh’s premier Samba batucada, Timbleza and Latin dancing by Lake. At the The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination, 5006 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232. The performance will be followed by African food and a drum circle. Bring your drum and join in the fun!

  4. NEW CLASS with Mito Camara (see www.mitocamara.com) African Dance with Sangban, Mondays 6:30-8pm, Waverly Presbyterian Church, 590 S. Braddock Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15221.Mito's regular Friday class at Irma Freeman Center for Imagination continues (all but the first Fridays) 6:45-8pm.



9/28/2012 - Yamoussa has had a busy summer
                    African Night, Saturday, November 10, 2012-More Info


  1. Where’s Yamoussa? After he finished teaching for MGR’s Summer Dreamers Academy here in Pittsburgh in July, he undertook several projects out of the state.

  2. In August, Yamoussa was in Chicago, IL with Moutstapha Bangoura, to work on Moustapha’s new dance DVD. While there, he taught, provided accompaniment, and performed at  Won Na Won Malan “Let’s Get Together”, Chicago’s 10th Annual Dance & Drum Conference, August 23-26, 2012.

  3. On the way back from Chicago, Yamoussa stopped in Cleveland for classes and performances with the Passport Project, including the Berea Arts Fest at Coe Lake. Mohamed Tounkara and Alya Sylla came back to Pittsburgh for  few days with Yamoussa and played for our Tuesday class at Carngie Mellon. What a great night that was.

  4. September 14-16 Yamoussa traveled to McKinney, TX  for the SOLI Drum and Dance Festival for more worhsops and performances.

  5. Yamoussa is currently back in McKinney, Texas working on his own instructional DVD and squeezing in as many classes and workshops as he can while there. But he will be back in time for his Tuesday dance class at Carnegie Mellon.

  6. Keep Saturday, November 10, 2012 on your calendars for AFRICAN NIGHT! Mohamed Tounkara and Alya Sylla will be back for that weekend. You can bet there will be workshops, too. Keep the whole weekend open!




8/28/2012 - CMU Classes Back This Week
                    Labor Day Class Schedule


  1. Carnegie Mellon dance classes are back for the fall semester beginning Tuesday, Aug 28. Classes are every Tuesdy and Thursday at the University Center in Oakland. They are ongoing classes, no registration required. All levels welcome. There will be no break for Labor Day.

  2. Mito Camara’s dance class will be held this  Friday, August 31, 2012 at the Irma Freeman Center for Imagination.

  3. There will be NO Sunday drum class on Sunday, August 2 (Labor Day Weekend). Class will continue as usual the following Sunday.



8/16/2012 - Semester Break at CMU next week
                    African Night Fall 2012!


  1. Carnegie Mellon semester break is next week. There will be no dance class Tuesday, Aug 21 and Thursday Aug 23.  Fall Session begins Tuesday Aug 28. For your dance fix, head out to Mito Camara’s dance class, Friday’s (except the First Friday of the month) at the Irma Freeman Center for Imagination. Yamoussa’s Saturday dance classes will return in the fall.

  2. Drum classes continue as usual, Sundays 2:30-4:00pm at the Irma Freeman Center for Imagination.

  3. AFRICAN NIGHT IS BACK FOR FALL 2012. Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 10, 2012. If you would like to be on Yamoussa’s email list to receive updates, email Yamoussa and ask to be added to the list.


7/17/2012 - Saturday dance classes taking a break for summer
                    ALL other classes continue as scheduled


  1. With dancers on vacation and Yamoussa being very busy this summer, we decided to take a summer break from the Saturday dance classes. KEEP YOUR CARDS! Classes will start up again in the fall. In the meantime, come to Carnegie Mellon University on Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:30-8:30pm for your dance fix. Or head out to Mito Camara’s dance class, Friday’s (except the First Friday) at the Irma Freeman Center for Imagination.

  2. Drum classes continue as usual, Sundays 2:30-4:00pm at the Irma Freeman Center for Imagination.

  3. If you would like to be on Yamoussa’s email list to receive updates, email Yamoussa and ask to be added to the list.

7/13/2012 - Class update for this weekend.
                    Yamoussa and Mito performing for KIRIDI (the Orphan) An African Cinderella Story


  1. There will be no dance class Friday, July 13 (Mito’s class) or Saturday, July 14 (Yamoussa’s class). Yamoussa’s Sunday drum class will be held as usual 2:30-4:00pm (See Classes & Workshops).

  2. Yamoussa and Mito will be performing at the Kelly Stayhorn Theatre this weekend for KIRIDI (The Orphan) An African Cinderella Story. Artistic Director "Mama" Kadiatou Conte-Forte. Friday, July 13 / 11 AM, Friday, July 13 / 7 PM, Saturday, July 14 / 11 AM, Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15206, Tickets:  Pay-what-you-can, http://www.kelly-strayhorn.org/calendar/event/mama-kadiatou



6/27/2012 - No Schedule changes for July  4th.


  1. All African Dance and Drum classes will run as usual next week (see Classes and Workshops for details). There is no break for July 4th.

  2. Mito Camara will be teaching his dance class this Friday, June 29, 6:45-8pm at at The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination, 5006 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232. Everyone welcome. $15


6/1/2012 -  Camara Drum and Dance at Unblurred, June 1, 2012
                   Dance and drum class changes


  1. Camara Drum and Dance performance at Unblurred, Friday June 1, 2012, 7 - 10 PM Free, at  The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination, 5006 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232. This is for the art opening of James Shipman, a 30 year Retrospective of Wall Work. (See http://www.eventbrite.com/event/3645164786 for more details on the opening)

  2. Dance and drum class changes:

  3. Saturday West African Dance Class - NEW LOCATION and NEW TIME as of this Saturday, June 2, 2012

  4. Every Saturday, 3:30 - 5:00 pm

  5. Oneness Holistic and Cultural Center

  6. 1808 Chislett St, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

  7. Sunday West African Drum Class

  8. Doun Doun class will be held as usual this Sunday, June 3, 2012 from 1:30-2:30pm but as of Sunday, June 9, 2012 the Doun Doun class will join the Djembe class at 2:30-4:00pm at The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination, 5006 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232

  9. Djembe class continues every Sunday, 2:30-4pm at The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination, 5006 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232

  10. Tuesday/Thursday West African dance classes at Carnegie Mellon University are running as usual. No changes.

  11. All classes are ongoing and for all levels. No registration required. Click on the Classes & Workhops link above for more details.


5/23/2012 - No Dance or Drum Classes Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27, 2012
                    Drum Workshops with Yamoussa at the Welcome Black River Dance Conference


  1. Yamoussa will be presenting 2 drum workshops at the Welcome Black River Dance Conference:

  2. Friday, May 25, 7:30-9:00 pm
    Kingsley Association, 6435 Frankstown Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15206

  3. Saturday, May 26, 1:00-2:15 pm
    Kingsley Association, 6435 Frankstown Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15206

  4. No dance class, Saturday, May 26 or drum class May 27. Classes will resume June 2 and 3. Tuesday/Thursday dance classes at Carnegie Mellon will continue without a break.


5/15/2012 -Camara Drum and Dance at Children’s Festival, Saturday, May 19, 2012
                   No Dance Class Saturday, May 19, 2012; And more


  1. Camara Drum and Dance performs Saturday, May 19 at the 26th Pittsburgh International Children's Festival on the Community Stage, in Schenley Plaza, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 from 1:00-1:45 pm.  FREE

  2. No dance class Saturday, May 19 (see above). All other classes are running as scheduled until Memorial Day weekend. See Classes & Workshops for holiday details.

  3. Saturday Dance Class will move to a new location as of Saturday, June 2, 2012. The new location is Oneness Holistic and Cultural Center, 1808 Chislett St, Pittsburgh, PA 15206.

  4. Put the Black River African Dance Conference, May 25-27, 2012 on your calendar. Dance and drum workshops and a performance will be held a various locations on the East Side. See Classes & Workshops for Yamoussa’s workshop schedule.


4/19/2012 -Camara Drum and Dance drum workshops and performance, Saturday, April 21, 2012
                 No Dance Class Saturday, April 21, 2012



  1. Yamoussa will be leading drum workshops Saturday, April 21, 2012 at the Earth Day Celebration at Frick Environmental Center, 2005 Beechwood Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15217. Workshops at noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm. Drums provided, no experience necessary.

  2. Camara Drum and Dance performs Saturday evening, April 21, 2012 at the Steak Fry to Benefit Cameroon Football Development Program, at Graceland, Cherry Hill Road, Wheeling, WV

  3. No dance class Saturday, April 21, 2012. See above.


4/6/2012 -Camara Drum and Dance at the Water Walk, University of Pittsburgh, Saturday, April 7
                 No Drum Classes Sunday, April 8



  1. Enjoy the music of Yamoussa and Camara Drum & Dance, Saturday, April 7, 2012 at the registration for Amizade’s 5th Annual Water Walk , on the lawn in front of the Cathedral of Learning on Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

  2. No Drum classes Sunday, April 8, 2012.

  3. Check back soon for pictures and videos from AFRICAN NIGHT!


3/20/2012 - AFRICAN NIGHT this Saturday, March 24, 2012, workshops with Mito Camara this weekend, CMU classes are back from spring break



  1. Camara Drum and Dance presents the 2nd Annual AFRICAN NIGHT!
    SATURDAY, MARCH 24, 2012, 7-10pm
    The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination, 5006 Penn Ave, Pgh, PA 15224
    PERFORMANCES - AFRICAN FOOD - DRUM CIRCLE
    Performances by

  2. Yamoussa Camara and Camara Drum & Dance

  3. with special guests Mamadouba (Mito) Camara (from Guinea, West Africa)

  4. Timbeleza (Brazilian Samba/Funk)

  5. Nego Gato (Capoeira)

  6. Followed by an African Drum Circle (Bring your drum or use one of ours).

  7. African food by Yamoussa Camara
    $10 includes everything • Children under 10 /$5

  8. AFRICAN DANCE & DRUM WORKSHOPS WITH MAMADOUBA (MITO) CAMARA, March 24-25, 2012
    Mito Camara, formerly of Les Ballet Africains, will be joining us for African Night and will also be teaching dance and drum workshops that weekend. All levels are welcome

  9. AFRICAN DANCE WORKSHOP

  10. Saturday, March 24, 2012 3:00-4:30 pm

  11. Wilkins School Community Center, 7604 Charleston Ave,

  12. Swissvale, 15218

  13. $15/class

  14. AFRICAN DRUM WORKSHOPS

  15. Sunday, March 25, 2012

  16. Doundoun 1:30-2:30 pm

  17. Djembe 2:30-3:30 pm

  18. The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination, 5006 Penn Avenue,

  19. Pittsburgh, PA 15224

  20. $15/class or both for $25

  21. Tuesday/ Thursday Dance classes at Carnegie Mellon start up tonight - Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 7:30-8:30 PM. Click on the Classes & Workshops link above for more information.



3/12/2012 - Yamoussa is in Dallas, Texas for spring break.



  1. While CMU is on spring break, Yamoussa has been busy in Dallas, Texas. Tuesday, March 12, he is special guest instructor for Bandan Koro African Drum and Dance Ensemble .

  2. Yes, there is dance class Saturday, March 17 and Sunday, March 18. Tuesday/Thursday classes at Carnegie Mellon University start up again next Tuesday, March 20. Click on the Classes & Workshops link above.


3/6/2012 - Class update for CMU Spring Break


  1. There will be no dance classes at Carnegie Mellon for Spring Break on the following days: Thursday  3/8/12, Tuesday 3/13/12 or Thursday 3/15/12. Classes resume Tuesday, 3/20/12.

  2. All other classes will be held as usual.


2/17/2012 - AFRICAN NIGHT and special dance/drum workshops with Mamadouba (Mito ) Camara coming March 24-25, 2012


  1. Camara Drum and Dance presents the 2nd Annual African Night with performances by Yamoussa Camar and Camara Drum & Dance and special guests Mamadouba (Mito) Camara (formerly of Les Ballets Africains), Timbeleza (Brazilian Samba) and  Nego Gato (Capoeira). followed by an African Drum Circle and African food prepared by Yamoussa Camara. Saturday, March 24, 2012, 7 - 10 pm, at The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination, 5006 Penn Ave, Pgh, PA 15224. $10 includes everything • Children under 10 /$5

  2. Also that weekend, are special drum and dance workshops with Mamadouba (Mito) Camara

  3. African Dance workshop, Saturday, March 24, 2012, 3:00-4:30 pm, Wilkins School Community Center, 7604 Charleston Ave, Swissvale, 15218.  For all levels. Everyone welcome.  $15/class

  4. African Drum workshops, Sunday, March 25, 2012, Doundoun  1:30-2:30 pm, Djembe  2:30-3:30 pm, The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination, 5006 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224  For all levels. $15/class or both for $25



2/17/2012 - Camara Drum and Dance performance, Sunday February 26, 2012


  1. Camara Drum and Dance performs Sunday, February 26, 2012 at the Cameroon Football Development Program and Seton Hill Student Business Club - Benefit Fashion Show. 6:00-8:30pm, Cecillian Hall, Seton Hill University, 1 Seton Hill Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601, $5 students, $10 general admission. Appetizers will be served

    "You will also be treated to the musical wizardry of Pittsburgh’s own Camara Drum and Dance Ensemble. You will likely remember them from their electrifying performance at CFDP’s Taste of Africa. They put on a show that should not be missed! Join us at Cecillian Hall on the campus of Seton Hill University."
    -- Justin Forzano, Cameroon Football Development Program

  2. And mark your calendar for Camara Drum and Dance’s 2nd Annual African Night on Saturday, March 24, 2012, 7-10pm at the Irma Freeman Center for Imagination, 5006 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232. There will be music and dance performances, African food followed by an African Drum Circle (bring your own or use one of ours).


1/21/2012 - 2nd Annual African Night, March 24, 2012


  1. Camara Drum and Dance presents the 2nd Annual African Night on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at the Irma Freeman Center for Imagination, 5006 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232. With music and dance performances, African food and a drum circle. Put it on calendar and watch for more details!



1/4/2012 - HAPPY NEW YEAR! Classes will resume normal schedules (see details below)


  1. African Dance class at Wilkins School Community Center resumes Saturday, January 7, 2012, 3:00pm

  2. African Drum classes at the Irma Freeman Center for Imagination resume Sunday, January 8, 2012, Doundoun-1:30pm; Djembe 2:30pm.

  3. Tuesday/Thursday African Dance class at Carnegie Mellon University resumes Thursday, January 12, 2012, 7:00pm

  4. For more information on the classes, click the Classes & Workshops link above.


12/8/2011 - ALL classes are running on the normal schedule through Sunday, December 18, 2011


  1. Click on the Classes & Workshops link above for details of the holiday schedule for each class.


11/16/2011 - Classes resume normal schedule

  1.   - Camara Drum and Dance performance on Saturday, December 3, 2011


  2. All classes resume their normal schedules this week. Hope you had a great Holiday!

  3. Camara Drum and Dance performs this Saturday, December 3, 2011 at the First Annual Taste of Africa Event to benefit Cameroon Football Development Program 5-9pm at the Union Project, 810 N. Negley Ave. PGH 15206



11/16/2011 - African Drum Circle this Sunday, November 20, 2011

  1.   - Thanksgiving Class update


  2. The next 3rd SUNDAY AFRICAN DRUM CIRCLE facilitated by Yamoussa is this Sunday, November 20, 4-6pm (following the drum class) at The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination, 5006 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232  Everyone is welcome, no experience necessary. Bring your own drum or use one of ours. $5.

  3. Dance and Drum Class Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule

  4. Thursday Dance Class at Carnegie Mellon University is cancelled on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2011.

  5. Saturday Dance Class at Wilkins School Community Center is cancelled Saturday, November 26, 2011 (the Saturday following Thanksgiving Day).

  6. Sunday Drum Classes (Doundoun and Djembe) at The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination are cancelled Sunday, November 27, 2011

  7. All classes resume normal schedule the following week.

  8. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

11/11/2011 - New Doun Doun class starts Sunday, November 13 


  1. NEW DOUN DOUN CLASS will begin Sunday, November 13, 2011, 1:30-2:30 pm. This ongoing class will be held at The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination, 5006 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232. Drop-ins welcome. Some drums available. $15/class or $120/10 classes


10/11/2011 - No Drum Circle this week, drum class will be held as usual

  1.   - New Doun Doun class to start in November


  2. There will be no Drum Circle this month. Camara Drum and Dance has private performance on October 16. Drum class will be held 2:30-4pm as usual.

  3. NEW DOUN DOUN CLASS will begin Sunday, November 13, 2011, 1:30-2:30 pm. This ongoing class will be held at The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination, 5006 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232. Drop-ins welcome. Some drums available. $15/class or $120/10 classes.


9/28/2011 - Camara Drum and Dance Performance at The Most Amazing Race, Sat, October 1

  1. - Saturday Dance a Wilkins School is back


  2. CAMARA DRUM AND DANCE will be drumming in Market Square, Saturday, October 1, from 9am-noon for Pittsburgh’s Most Amazing Race ,Pittsburgh's City-Wide Scavenger-Hunt Adventure Race sponsored by the Salvation Army. Yamoussa will teach the teams drumming as part of the race. Come on out for the fun.

  3. SATURDAY DANCE CLASS RETURNS this Saturday, October 1, 3-4:30pm at the Wilkins School Community Center, 7604 Charleston Avenue, Swissvale, PA 15218. For information on all classes, click on the Classes & Performances link above.


9/20/2011 - African Drum and Dance for Kids starts this Sunday, September 25

  1. - Camara Drum and Dance Performance Saturday, September 24
    - No Class Saturday, September 24


  2. AFRICAN DRUM & DANCE CLASS FOR KIDS.  The 6-Week Session begins this Sunday, September 25, 1:30-2:30 pm at The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination, 5006 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232.  For children 6 and up. Drums provided. $60. To register, send email to yamoussa@gmail.com or call 412-403-7502

  3. CAMARA DRUM AND DANCE performs Saturday, September 24 at the Mt Pleasant Glass & Ethnic Festival
    1 Etze Avenue, Municipal Building, Mt Pleasant, PA 15666.

  4. NO DANCE CLASS Saturday, September 24 at the Wilkins School Community Center. (We’ll all be at the Mt Pleasant Glass & Ethnic Festival


9/4/2011 - Yamoussa is back, all classes back to the normal schedule

  1. - NEW! African Drum and Dance for Kids

  2. Yamoussa is back from Guinea. All drum and dance classes will resume the normal schedule. Click on the Classes & Workshops link above for the details.

  3. NEW! AFRICAN DRUM & DANCE CLASS FOR KIDS.  The 6-Week Session begins Sunday, September 25 to October 30, 2011,1:30-2:30 pm at The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination, 5006 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232.  For children 6 and up. Drums provided. $60. To register, send email to yamoussa@gmail.com or call 412-403-7502.


8/29/2011 - CMU African Dance Class starts back this week, Labor Day class updates 

  1. Tuesday/ Thursday African Dance Class starts up Tuesday, August 30, 2011 and will be every Tuesday and Thursday, 7:30-8:45pm at Carnegie Mellon University in the University Center. It’s an ongoing class for all levels. No registration is necessary.  (There is no break for Labor Day)

  2. No Saturday African Dance Class at Wilkins School Community Center on Saturday, September 3 (Labor Day Weekend)  Classes will resume at the usual time on Saturday, September 10, 2011.

  3. No Sunday, African Drum Class at The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination on Sunday, September 4 (Labor Day Weekend)  Classes will resume at the usual time on Sunday, September 11, 2011.

  4. The next African Drum Circle will be Sunday, September 18, 2011 at The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination.


8/16/2011 - Yamoussa is in Guinea until August 30, 2011

  1. - No August Drum Circle

  2. - Class Updates          

  3. Yamoussa will be in Guinea until August 30, 2011. While he is gone some classes will be canceled some will continue with guest instructors. Please check the schedule below.

  4. West African Dance Class Update

  5. CMU Tuesday/ Thursday Dance Class continues as follows:

  6. There will be class this Thursday, August 18, 2011.

  7. Next week is CMU’s Semester Break, so there is no class Tuesday, August 23 or Thursday, August 25.

  8. Fall Session begins Tuesday, August 30, 2011 and continues every Tuesday and Thursday.

  9. Saturday Dance Class at Wilkins School Community Center is cancelled until after Labor Day. Classes will resume at the usual time in September.

  10. African Drum Class & Drum Circle Update

  11. There will be no 3rd Sunday African Drum Circle in August. The next drum circle will be Sunday, September 18, 2011.

  12. Sunday Drum Classes at The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination are cancelled until after Labor Day. Classes will resume at the usual time in September.


8/8/2011 - 2011 MGR Foundation Youth Peace Rally, Tuesday, August 9, 2011

  1. Yamoussa has been teaching children at the MGR Summer Dreamer’s Academy in the South Hills through July. The students will perform at the 2011 MGR Foundation Youth Peace Rally, 9:30 am-noon, Market Square, downtown Pittsburgh, PA. Camara Drum and Dance will join in the rally.

7/14/2011 - DRUM CIRCLE SUNDAY, JULY 17, 2011

  1. 3rd SUNDAY AFRICAN DRUM CIRCLE
    The next 3rd Sunday African Drum Circle facilitated by Yamoussa is Sunday, July 17, 4:00 - 6:00 pm (following the drum class) at The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination, 5006 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232  Everyone is welcome, no experience necessary. Bring your own drum or use one of ours. $5.


7/6/2011 - ALL DANCE AND DRUM CLASSES BACK TO NORMAL SCHEDULE

               - YAMOUSSA AT OAKMONT CARNEGIE LIBRARY JULY 9, 2011

  1. Hope you all had a great holiday weekend! All classes are back to the normal schedules. All classes are ongoing, no registration is necessary, everyone is welcome.

  2. West African Dance Class, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7:30-8:45 pm, Carnegie Mellon University
    University Center Actvities Room, 2nd Floor , 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

  3. West African Dance Class, Saturdays, 3:00 - 4:30 pm, Wilkins School Community Center (Regent Square), 7604 Charleston Avenue, Swissvale, PA 15218

  4. West African Drum Class, Sundays, 2:30-4:00 pm, The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination, 5006 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232

  5. Yamoussa will be leading African Drum & Dance! for all ages at the Oakmont Carnegie Library
    700 Allegheny River Blvd. Oakmont, PA 15139 on Saturday, July 9, 2011, from 2:00-3:00 pm.   PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR THIS PROGRAM. Please e-mail, call, or come down to the library to sign up. Contact: Karen Crowell, Youth Services Librarian   412.828.9532   crowellk@einetwork.net


6/23/2011 - TWO WEEKENDS OFF BUT TUESDAY/THURSDAY CLASSES CONTINUE

  1. We'll be taking two weekends off:
    No Saturday Dance Class, June 25 & July 2
    No Sunday Drum Class, June 26 & July 3

  2. Classes continue as usual every Tuesday and Thursday, 7:30-8:45pm, Carnegie Mellon University, 2nd floor Activities Room, 5000 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, Pa 15213


6/17/2011 - AFRICAN DRUM CIRCLE THIS SUNDAY, JUNE19, 2011

  1. 3rd SUNDAY AFRICAN DRUM CIRCLE is this Sunday, June 19, 4:00 - 6:00 pm (following the drum class) at The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination, 5006 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232  Everyone is welcome, no experience necessary. Bring your own drum or use one of ours. $5..


6/8/2011 - SUMMER READING EXTRAVAGANZA AT CARNEGIE LIBRARY - JUNE 12, 2011
                  NO DRUM CLASS SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 2011


  1. Yamoussa will be at the Summer Reading Extravaganza this Sunday, June 12, from noon-5pm at Carnegie Library in Oakland. Bring your drum for an African jam at the Camara Drum and Dance table.

  2. No drum class on Sunday, June 12. We’ll all be jamming at the Summer Reading Extravaganza.


6/2/2011 - CAMARA DRUM AND DANCE PERFORMANCE - FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2011   

  1. CAMARA DRUM AND DANCE will perform this Friday, June 3rd, 7:30 pm at The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination 5006 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232. Pittsburgh, PA for the Opening for Paintings by Olwyn Best & Irma Freeman. It’s also First Friday on Penn, so here are a lot of things happening up and down Penn Avenue on Friday night.

  2. Check out the video of Yamoussa’s Sunday African Drum Class at the Irma Freeman Center for Imagination.


5/21/2011 - NO CLASSES MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND, HAVE A GREAT HOLIDAY!     

  1. NO DANCE CLASS SATURDAY, MAY 28, 2011
    Saturday classes at Wilkins School Community Center will resume the following Saturday, june 4.

  2. NO DRUM CLASS SUNDAY, MAY 29, 2011
    Sunday drum classes at the Irma Freeman Center for Imagination will resume the following Sunday, June 5.


5/5/2011 - CLASS UPDATE, DRUM CIRCLE, PERFORMANCE       

  1. DANCE CLASS UPDATE 
    West African Dance Classes at Carnegie Mellon University continue straight through for summer , Tuesday and Thursday, 7:30-8:45pm. There will be NO semester break this time.

    Saturday classes at Wilkins School Community Center will also continue.

  2. 3rd SUNDAY AFRICAN DRUM CIRCLE
    The next 3rd Sunday African Drum Circle facilitated by Yamoussa is Sunday, May 15, 4:00 - 6:00 pm (following the drum class) at The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination, 5006 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232  Everyone is welcome, no experience necessary. Bring your own drum or use one of ours. $5.

    The drum circle follows the regular Sunday drum class 2:30-4:00 pm. Drop-ins welcome.

  3. CAMARA DRUM AND DANCE PERFORMANCE
    2011 International Children's Festival, Saturday, May 14, 2011, 1:00 pm
    Children's Stage in Oakland, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

4/22/2011 - NO DRUM CLASS SUNDAY, APRIL 24, 2011 (Happy Easter)       

  1. DANCE/DRUM CLASS UPDATE
    All dance classes are being held as usual
    No drum class this Sunday, April 24. Class will resume next Sunday.


4/14/2011 - THIS WEEK! DRUM CIRCLE, PERFORMANCES, CLASS CHANGES, CHECK IT OUT         

  1. 3rd SUNDAY AFRICAN DRUM CIRCLE facilitated by Yamoussa is this Sunday, April 17, 4:00-6:00 pm at the The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination 5006 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232. Everyone is welcome, no experience necessary. There are a few drums available if you don’t have one. $5. The drum circle follows the regular Sunday drum class 2:30-4:00 pm. Drop-ins welcome

  2. DANCE CLASS UPDATE -
    No class this Thursday, April 14 (it’s CMU Carnival). Class will resume the normal schedule next week.
    No class this Saturday, April 16 (see Fereba African Drum Circle below). Class will resume next Saturday.

  3. CAMARA DRUM AND DANCE PERFORMANCE - Friday, April 15 at noon on The Cut. Free.
    Alumni Relations and SIFE CMU present Concert Yele as a fundraiser for Project Yele: to bring community development to Sierra Leone, a beautiful but war-torn country in Sub-Saharan Africa.

  4. FEREBA AFRICAN DRUM CIRCLE - Saturday, April 16 at Frick Environmental Center. Fereba means “Do Something” and Yamoussa will show you how. Workshops begin at Noon, 1:00pm, 2:00pm and 3:00pm. Drums are provided. This is part of the Earth Day Celebration at Frick Environmental Center, 2005 Beechwood Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15217


3/17/2011 - DRUM CIRCLE THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 20, 2011         

  1. The next 3rd SUNDAY AFRICAN DRUM CIRCLE facilitated by Yamoussa is this Sunday, February 20, 4:00-6:00 pm at the The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination 5006 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232. Everyone is welcome, no experience necessary. There are a few drums available if you don’t have one. $5. The drum circle follows the regular Sunday drum class 2:30-4:00 pm. Drop-ins welcome.

  2. Spring break is over. All classes are back to the normai schedule. For details click on the Classes & Workshops link above.

3/5/2011 -  SPRING BREAK AT CARNEGIE MELLON - CLASS UPDATE

                   UPCOMING PERFORMANCES          

  1. This coming week is Spring Break at Carnegie Mellon University, so there will be no Tuesday/Thursday dance classes on Tuesday, March 8 and Thursday, March 10. Classes will resume on Tuesday, March 15. All other dance and drum classes continue as usual. For details click on the Classes & Workshops link above.

  2. Camara Drum and Dance is very busy this spring including a performance at the 2011 Pittsburgh Children’s Festival, Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 1:00 pm in Schenley Plaza in Oakland. Click on the Performance link above for more information.


2/17/2011 - AFRICAN DRUM CIRCLE THIS SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2011

  1. The next 3rd SUNDAY AFRICAN DRUM CIRCLE facilitated by Yamoussa is this Sunday, February 20, 4:00-6:00 pm at the The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination 5006 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232. Everyone is welcome, no experience necessary. There are a few drums available if you don’t have one. $5. The drum circle follows the regular Sunday drum class 2:30-4:00 pm. Drop-ins welcome.


2/7/2011 - AFRICAN DRUM AND DANCE CLASS IN ROSS TOWNSHIP STARTS WEDNESDAY

  1. AFRICAN DRUM & DANCE in Ross Township starts this Wednesday, February 9, 2011, 8:45 - 10:30 pm at the Ross Community Center Gymnasium, 1000 Ross Municipal Dr., Pittsburgh, PA 15237.  In this 6 week session you will learn dances, songs and drumming from Guinea, West Africa. It’s not too late to join in the fun! For more information, call the Ross Township Community Center (412) 931-7055 x.204 or email Yamoussa .


1/14/2011 - AFICAN DRUM CIRCLE THIS SUNDAY, JANUARY 16

                    REGISTER FOR AFRICAN  DRUM AND DANCE CLASS IN ROSS TOWNSHIP

  1. 3rd SUNDAY AFRICAN DRUM CIRCLES facilitated by Yamoussa are back for 2011. This first drum circle is this Sunday, January 16, 2011, 4:00-6:00 pm at the The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination 5006 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232. Everyone welcome, no experience necessary. There are a few drums available if you don’t have one. $5. The drum dircle follows the regular Sunday drum class 2:30-4:00 pm. Drop-ins welcome.

  2. AFRICAN DRUM & DANCE in Ross Township starts Wednesday, February 9, 2011. Learn dances, songs and drumming from Guinea, West Africa in this 6 week session. To register contact: 1000 Ross Municipal Dr. Pittsburgh, PA 15237. Phone # (412) 931-7055 x.204.

1/3/2011 - Time to start dancing and drumming again!

  1. Saturday DANCE classes at Wilkins School Community Center start this coming Saturday, January 8, 2011

  2. Sunday DRUM classes at the Irma Freeman Center for the Imagination start this coming Sunday, January 9, 2011.

  3. Tuesday/Thursday DANCE classes at Carnegie Mellon University start the week of January 11, 2011.

  4. Click on the CLASSES & WORKSHOPS link above for more information.


12/23/2010 - HAPPY HOLIDAYS!   NO CLASSES UNTIL 2011

  1. Saturday DANCE classes at Wilkins School will be back January 8, 2011

  2. Sunday DRUM classes will be back January 9, 2011.

  3. Tuesday/Thursday DANCE classes at Carnegie Mellon University will be back when the winter session begins.

12/5/2010 - HOLIDAY CLASS SCHEDULE
                    CHECK ON THE NEW PHOTOS ON THE PHOTOS PAGE


  1. Tuesday/Thursday DANCE classes at Carnegie Mellon University will go on for one more week (12/7 and 12/9) Thrusday 12/9 will be a free class. Classes will start up again in January.

  2. Saturday DANCE classes at Wilkins School will continue for 2 more weeks. There will be no class December 25th or January 1st.

  3. Sunday DRUM classes will continue for 2 more weeks. There will be no class December 26th or January 2nd.

  4. There will be no Third Sunday DRUM CIRCLE for the month of December. We’ll be back in January

  5. There are new photos from a few Camara Drum and Dance performances


11/28/2010 -  HOPE YOU HAD A GREAT THANKSIVING! CLASSES ARE BACK TO NORMAL.


  1. All classes resume the normal schedule for now. Keep your eye open for Holiday schedule changes. If you would like to receive email notification send email to Yamoussa and say “Please put me on your mailing list!”


11/25/2010 -  CAMARA DRUM AND DANCE AT CARNEGIE LIBRARY, OAKLAND
                        SUNDAY,  NOVEMBER 28, 2010


  1. Camara Drum and Dance performs for World Kaleidoscope! at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, on Sunday, November 28, 2010, 2:00-3:00 pm on the First Floor of the Main Library, 4400 Forbes Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15213.


11/18/2010 - AFRICAN DRUM CIRCLE SUNDAY NOVEMBER 21, 2010
                     CAMARA DRUM AND DANCE AT CMU FRIDAY,  NOVEMBER 19, 2010


  1. The next 3rd Sunday African Drum Circle is this Sunday, November 21, 2010, 4:00-6:00 pm at The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination, 5006 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232.  $5 donation.  The drum circle follows the regular Sunday drum class 2:30- 3:30 pm. Drop ins  are welcome to both the class and the drum circle. Some drums are available.

  2. Camara Drum and Dance will be performing in the University Center at Carnegie Mellon University on Friday, November 19, 2010 for “Taste of Africa” sponsored by Young African Leaders Alliance (YALA). The event begins at 9pm and ends at midnight. Yamousssa and the ensemble will be performing and leading dancing and drumming from 9:15-10:15 pm.

  3. For the holiday class schedule, click on the Classes & Workshops link. All classes as usual this weekend and Tuesday.


10/31/2010 - NOVEMBER NEWS

  1. All dance and drum classes continue as usual in November, Watch for holiday schedule updates.

  2. The next 3rd Sunday Drum Circle is Sunday, November 21, 2010, 4:00-6:00 pm at The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination, 5006 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232.

  3. Camara Drum and Dance will doing a free concert at Carnegie Library on Sunday, November 28, 2010, 2-3pm as art of the World Kaleidescope series.

10/11/2010 - DRUM CIRCLE SUNDAY OCTOBER 17, 2010

  1. 3rd Sunday Drum Circle lead by Yamoussa is Sunday, October 17, 2010, 4:00-6:00 pm at The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination, 5006 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232. $5 donation.  The drum circle follows the regular Sunday drum class 2:30- 3:30 pm. Drop ins  are welcome to both the class and the drum circle. Some drums are available.


9/28/2010 - DANCE AND DRUM CLASSES BEGIN THIS WEEK

  1. CHILDREN’S AND ADULT DRUM AND DANCE CLASSES A 6 week session of African Drum and Dance classes for children and adults begins this Friday, October 1, 2010, at the Ross Community Center Gymnasium, 1000 Ross Municipal Dr., Pittsburgh, PA 15237. Children (6-13 yrs) 5:00 –7:00 pm, Adults 7:00 – 9:00 pm. (see Classes & Workshops for more details.)

  2. DANCE CLASSES AT THE WILKINS SCHOOL COMMUNITY CENTER start up again this Saturday, October 2,2010, from 3:00 - 4:30 pm. (see Classes & Workshops for more details.)

9/21/2010 - CHILDREN’S AND ADULT CLASSES IN ROSS TOWNSHIP register now!                      

                    PERFORMANCE Saturday, September 18, 2010

  1. CHILDREN’S AND ADULT DRUM AND DANCE CLASSES Beginning Friday, October 1, Yamoussa will be teaching a 6 week session of African Drum and Dance classes for children and adults. Participants will learn dances, songs and drumming from Guinea, West Africa (drums provided).  Children (6-13 yrs) 5:00 –7:00 pm, Adults 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Ross Community Center Gymnasium, 1000 Ross Municipal Dr. Pittsburgh, PA 15237, $90 Ross Residents/$100 Non ResidentsSponsored by the Ross Township Parks & Recreation Department.
    REGISTER BY SEPTEMBER 24 CALL: (412) 931-7055 x.204

  2. CAMARA DRUM AND DANCE PERFORMANCE Saturday, September 25, 2010, 3:30, 4:30, 5;30, and 6:30 pm, Mt Pleasant Glass & Ethnic Festival,1 Etze Avenue, Municipal Building, Mt Pleasant, PA 15666


9/18/2010 - PERFORMANCE Saturday, September 18, 2010

                    DRUM CIRCLE Sunday, September 19, 2010

  1. Camara Drum and Dance will be performing Saturday, September 18, 1:30-2:30 pm at the South Hlls Assembly of God International Festival, 2725 Bethel Church Road, Bethel Park, PA, 15102

  2. 3rd Sunday Drum Circle lead by Yamoussa is Sunday, September 19, 2010, 4:00-6:00 pm at The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination, 5006 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232. $5 donation.  The drum circle follows the regular Sunday drum class 2:30- 3:30 pm. Drop ins  are welcome. Some drums are available.

  3. NOTE: The Saturday dance class at Wilkins School Community Center will resume on Saturday, October 2, 2010.


9/6/2010 - CELEBRATION OF DANCE THIS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER  11, 2010

  1. Join us for a concert, drum circle and African food this Saturday, September 11 · 7:30pm - 9:30pm at Wilkins School Community Center, 7604 Charleston Avenue, Swissvale, PA 15218.  The evening features Camara Drum & Dance, Coal Country Cloggers and The Steel Town Stompers. The concert will highlight Appalachian clogging, tap  dancing, West African drum and dance, Lindy Hop, and Capoeira, followed by a taste of African food, a drum circle (bring a drum, we have a few) and dancing for all. $10 at the door (children 5-16yrs/$5, under 5yrs/free). 

  2. NOTE: Yamoussa’s Saturday dance class at Wilkins School Community Center resumes on Saturday October 2 at 3:30pm. 

8/26/2010 - CLASS UPDATES & UPCOMING PERFORMANCE

  1. No drum class Sunday, September 5 (Labor Day Weekend).

  2. No SATURDAY dance classes at Wilkins School Community Center until Saturday, October 2, 2010.

  3. The fall session for CMU classes has begun. Tuesday and Thursday classes go straight through with no break and no change in schedule for Labor Day.

  4. NEW!  African Dance and Drum classes for children and adults in Ross Township. Click on the Classes and Workshops link above for more details.

  5. Camara Drum and Dance PERFORMANCE this Saturday, August 28, 2:30 - 3:00 pm at the White Hall Bourough Community Day Celebration, 100 Borough Park Drive, Pittsburgh,  PA 15236

  6. If you would like to receive email updates on classes, workshops and performances, send email to Yamoussa and say “Please put me on your mailing list!”


8/12/2010 - 3rd SUNDAY DRUM CIRCLE IS THIS SUNDAY, AUGUST 15, 2010

  1. The Irma Freeman Center for the Imagination, 5006 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232

  2. Everyone is welcome. Some drums are available. $5 donation.

8/5/2010 - NO DANCE CLASS SATURDAY, AUGUST 7, 2010

  1. There will be no Saturday dance class this week only. See you next week as usual.

  2. There will be drumming on Sunday as usual.

7/9/2010 - AFRICAN DRUM CIRCLE, SUNDAY JULY 18, 2010

  1. Grab your drum and join Yamoussa for an African Drum Circle. If you don't have a drum, we have a few available on a first come first serve basis. No experience necessary, dancers welcome! PLUS you can taste Yamoussa's African cooking....yum. $5 donation.  Sunday, July 18, 2010, 4:00pm - 6:00pm, The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination 5006 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232

  2. The drum circle always follows the drum class (2:30-3:45pm) on the third Sunday of the month. Drum class is open, drop-ins are welcome.


6/29/2010 - JULY 4TH WEEKEND CLASS UPDATES

  1. No dance class on Saturday, July 3rd at Wilkins School. Classes will resume the following Sunday.

  2. No drum class on Sunday, July 4th.  Classes will resume the following Sunday.

  3. No changes to the CMU dance schedule. Classes as usual on Tuesday and Thursday.

  4. Click on the Classes & Workshops link above for more information.

  5. If you would like to receive email updates on classes, workshops and performances, send email to Yamoussa and say “Please put me on your mailing list!”


6/2/2010 - O’Bama is speaking at Carnegie Mellon today

  1. Last night’s class was cancelled at the last minute so that the news team could set up in the Activities Room where  we have class. Things will be back to normal this evening. If you would like to receive email updates on classes, workshops and performances, send email to Yamoussa and say “Please put me on your mailing list!”

5/27/2010 - MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND CLASS UPDATES

  1. Carngie Mellon classes will continue with no break Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7:30-8:45pm

  2. Saturday dance class at Wilkins School will be held as usual 3:00-4;30PM

  3. Sunday drum class is cancelled this week only (Sunday, May 30) and will resume next Sunday as usual.

  4. See the Classes & Workshops link above for details.


5/18/2010 - SUMMER SESSION  BEGINS AT CARNEGIE MELLON MAY 18

  1. Tuesday and Thursday classes at Carnegie Mellon University center start up for the summer on Tuesday, May 18 at the usual times, 7:30-8:45 pm.

  2. All other classes are running as usual. See the Classes & Workshops page.

5/14/2010 - CLASS UPDATES AND WEEKEND EVENTS

  1. May 15 only, NO Saturday Dance Class at Wilkins School. Instead go to the Dance workshop with Youssoupha Lo and Yamoussa Camara.

  2. SPECIAL DANCE WORKSHOPS with Youssoupha Lo and Yamoussa Camara
    Saturday, May 15, 2010
    Noon-1:25 pm - Senegalese Dance with Youssou Lo
    1:35 -3:00 pm - Guinea Dance with Yamoussa Camara
    Pittsburgh Dance Alloy
    Click on the Classes and Workshops link for details.

  3. Sunday Drum Class,  2:30-4:00 pm will be held as usual followed by
    AFRICAN DRUM CIRCLE lead by Yamoussa Camara
    4:00-6:00 pm
    Bring a drum and join or come and enjoy the music. (We have some drums available).
    The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination, 5006 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224
    Click on the Classes and Workshops link for details.

  4. CAMARA DRUM AND DANCE PERFORMANCE
    2010 Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival
    4:30-5:00 pm
    Target Community Stage (Schenley Plaza under the round tent)
    Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (Oakland)
    FREE!

5/9/2010 - Carnegie Mellon Dance Classes are on semester break until May 18

  1. The Tuesday/Thursday dance classes at Carnegie Mellon University are on semseter break. Classes will begin again on Tuesday, May 18th.

  2. All other classes will take place as scheduled.

4/25/2010 - NEW LOCATION AS OF MAY 1ST for Saturday and Sunday Classes

  1. Yamoussa's weekend classes are MOVING TO A NEW LOCATION BEGINNING MAY 1ST.

  2. Saturday Dance Class, 3:00 - 4:30 pm  NEW LOCATION - Wilkins School Community Center, (Regent Square), 7604 Charleston Avenue, Swissvale, PA 15218 (There's a wooden floor!)

  3. Sunday Drum Class,  2:30-4:00 pm NEW LOCATION - The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination, 5006 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224 (Garfield)

  4. Tuesday & Thursday Dance Classes at Carnegie Mellon University will continue as usual. Click on the Classes and Workshops link for details.


4/22/2010 - The next big day is May 15, 2010


  1. Dance Workshop with Yamoussa Camara (Guinea) and Youssou Lo (Senegalese) at Pittsburgh Dance Alloy, 5530 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA,15206, noon-3pm. $15/workshop or $20 for both. All levels welcome.

  2. Performance by Camara Drum and Dance at the2010 Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival, Target Community Stage, Schenley Plaza in Oakland, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. 4:30-5:00pm. FREE


4/16/2010 - Big Weekend with Performance and African Drum Circle


  1. Saturday, April 17, 2010 - Camara Drum and Dance performs for the Earth Day Celebration at Frick Environmental Center, 2005 Beechwood Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA, 1:00 - 1:45 pm. FREE

  2. Sunday, April 18, 2010 - African Drum Circle lead by Yamoussa Camara. Bring your drum and come join us (a few drums available). Pittsburgh Dance and Theatre Arts in Bloomfield, 4740 Liberty Avenue. 4:00-6:00pm. $5.

  3. All other drum and dance classes will be held as usual.

3/17/2010 - African Night! March 27

  1. Saturday, March 27, 8-10pm is African Night at Pittsburgh Dance and Theatre Arts with music, dance and African food. Yamoussa leads the way with performances by Camara Drum and Dance, the Children's Drum and Dance Class, and guest artists. The performance will be followed by an African drum circle. Bring a drum and join in. This event is part of the monthly Cabert Series at Pittsburgh Dance and Theatre Arts. $10 includes everything! Children under 5/$2, Children 5-10/$5

3/8/2010 - Carnegie Mellon University

  1. Carnegie Mellon is on Spring Break this week, so there will be no dance class on Tuesday, March 8 or Thursday, March 11. Classes will resume next week at the usual time. All other drum and dance classes will be held as usual.

2/25/2010 - Camara Drum and Dance recording at Carnegie Mellon University


  1. Camara Drum & Dance hit the recording studio at Carnegie Mellon University for the last two months and will be finishing up their new CD during the month of March. Keep your eye on this page to find out when the CD will be released.

  2. Check the Performances page for upcoming Camara Drum & Dance performances and the Classes & Workshops page for the Dance workshop in Robinson Township coming in March.

2/12/2010 - Class schedule returns to normal


  1. All West African Dance and Drum classes at Pittsburgh Dance and Theatre Arts and CMU are on as scheduled.


2/11/2010 - YES!!!!! There is class at CMU tonight


  1. West African Dance Class at Carnegie Mellon University is ON! See you there. Drive carefully

  2. But there is no Children’s Drum and Dance at Pittsburgh Dance and Theater Arts

2/7/2010 - Class is cancelled today, too. Snow!!!

  1. West African Drum Class at Pittsburgh Dance and Theater Arts cancelled today due to the weather. If you go out, be safe. See you next week.

  2. 2/6/2010 - Class is cancelled today. Snow!!!

  3. West African Dance Class at Pittsburgh Dance and Theater Arts cancelled today due to the weather. Have a peaceful snowy day.

1/25/2010 - Class location moving Feb 1st (just across the street)

  1. Pittsburgh Dance and Theatre Arts! IS MOVING AS OF MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2010.

  2. The new location is across the street and up a half a block from the current location. The new address is 4740 Liberty Avenue. The class schedule is the same (click on the Classes & Workshops link above).

  3. Camara Drum and Dance will kick off an evening of food, music and dance on Saturday, February 13, from 7-9 pm at AFRICAN NIGHT at CLUB ENVY  4923 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh (Garfield), PA 15224

  4. Yamoussa and Camara Drum & Dance are very busy in February with private performances and school assemblies to celebrate Black History month.


1/3/2010 - Class Update


  1. West African Drum Class at Pittsburgh Dance and Theatre Arts! begins Sunday January 10, 2010, 2:30-3:30 pm

  2. West African Dance Class at Pittsburgh Dance and Theatre Arts! begins Saturday, January 9, 2010, 3:00 - 4:30 pm

  3. Children’s Dance & Drum Class at Pittsburgh Dance and Theatre Arts! begins Thursday, January 7, 2010, 5:30-6:30 pm

  4. West African Dance Class at Carnegie Mellon University begins Tuesday, January 12, 2010, 7:30-8:45 pm

  5. NEW! Thursday West African Dance class at Carnegie Mellon University begins Thursday, January 14, 2010, 7:30-8:45 pm

  6. Check Classes & Workshops for details.

12/31/2009 - Happy New Year!


  1. FIRST NIGHT PITTSBURGH
    Catch Camara Drum and Dance in the Parade at 8pm!


12/10/2009 - You can still catch “Nativity: A Christmas Gift”


  1. "NATIVITY:A CHRISTMAS GIFT"
    Featuring The Shona Sharif African Dance and Drum Ensemble
    Choreography by Yamoussa Camara
    December 5 - 20, 2009  (Fri, Sat & Sun Shows) at Alumni Hall, 4227 Fifth Avenue, Pgh PA 15213

  2. HOLIDAY CLASS UPDATES

  3. NO CMU dance class until January 11, 2010

  4. NO Children's Dance and Drum until January 7, 2010.

  5. YES! There will be dance class on Saturday, December 12 and 19.

  6. YES! There will be drum class on Sunday, December 13 and 20.

  7. NO dance or drum classes December 25/26 or January 2/3.

  8. ALWAYS CHECK THE CLASS SCHEDULE for details, changes and holiday schedules.


11/22/2009 - LOTS OF FUN THINGS COMING UP
Holiday Class Updates, Ozzie’s, Nativity: A Christmas Gift, PDTA Caberet


  1. HOLIDAY CLASS UPDATES

  2. NO CMU dance class Tuesday, November 24.

  3. NO Children's Dance and Drum on Thanksgiving Day.

  4. YES! There will be dance class on Saturday, November 28

  5. YES! There will be drum class on Sunday, November 29 at Pittsburgh Dance and Theatre Arts.

  6. ALWAYS CHECK THE CLASS SCHEDULE for details, changes and holiday schedules.

  7. WANT TO TRY SOME AFRICAN FOOD? MUSIC? DANCING?

  8. Join Yamoussa for all of the above on Tuesday, Nov 24, 8:00-10:00pm

  9. Food for as long as it lasts at Ozzie’s Bar & Grill in West View 403 Perry Hwy, Pittsburgh, PA 15229 (412) 931-3990

  10. YAMOUSSA IS CHOREOGRAPHING  "NATIVITY:A CHRISTMAS GIFT"

  11. Featuring The Shona Sharif African Dance and Drum Ensemble

  12. December 5 - 20, 2009  (Fri, Sat & Sun Shows) at Alumni Hall, 4227 Fifth Avenue, Pgh PA 15213

  13. YAMOUSSA AND HIS STUDENTS PERFORM

  14. At the Pittsburgh Dance and Theater Arts Cabaret in the family-oriented “A Christmas Tree Grows in Bloomfield” on December 5, 4765 Liberty Avenue, lower level.


11/14/2009 - Drum Class moving to Bloomfield

As of Sunday, November 15, Yamoussa’s Sunday afternoon drum class is moving to Pittsburgh Dance and Theatre Arts! (where Yamoussa teaches his Saturday dance class) 4765 Liberty Avenue, lower level. Class time is still 2:30-3:30pm. Many thanks to Jim Herbst and the Hazelnut Coffeehouse for their support through the past year. See Classes & Workshops.

9/16/2009 - New Children's Dance Class

Yamoussa is teaching a new Children's Dance Class Thursdays 6:00-7:00pm Pittsburgh Dance and Theatre Arts! 4765 Liberty Avenue, lower level. See Classes & Workshops.


9/3/2009 - Studio Grand Opening, Saturday, September 5


Pittsburgh Dance and Theatre Arts! where Yamoussa teaches his Saturday dance class, is moving to 4765 Liberty Avenue, lower level. The Grand Opening is Saturday, September 5, 6-9 pm, Yamoussa will be performing there, accompanied by members of Camara Drum and Dance. There will also be Flamenco, Samba and Belly Dance performances by other instructors at the studio. It's sure to be a good time. Come see the great new space where Yamouss will be teaching his Saturday classes.

9/2/2009 - No classes Labor Day Weekend

8/24/2009 - Dance/Drum Class Update

•The fall session at Carnegie Mellon University begins Tuesday, August 25, 7:30pm.

•Pittsburgh Dance and Theatre Arts! is moving to 4765 Liberty Avenue, lower level. The Grand OPening is Saturday, September 5. The last class in the old studio is Saturday, August 29; no class September 5 (but come to the Grand Opening, 6-9pm); Saturday class resumes in the new studio on Saturday, September 12.

•No drum class at the Hazelnut Coffeehouse on Sunday, August 30. (Yamoussa is out of town).

•Watch for the new children’s dance class at the new Pittsburgh Dance and Theatre Arts! studio, starting in September.

•Be sure to CHECK THE CLASS SCHEDULE for details and updates.


8/2/2009 - A busy summer

Yamoussa has had a very busy summer working with children. August brings more dance/music camps for children including the World Beat Camp, Pittsburgh Dance Alloy and a week in Watertown, Connecticut.


5/16/2009 - World Beat Camp for kids


Yamoussa will be teaching African dance and music to kids at the World Beat Camp August 3-7. It's Pittsburgh's most diverse multicultural camp for kids featuring dance styles and rhythms from around the world. Students will take 3-4 classes each day in African, Middle Eastern, Flamenco, percussion, and more.


5/9/2009 - New Drum and Dance Classes in Hazelwood


Yamoussa will be teaching new West African Dance and Drum classes beginning Sunday, May 24, 2:30-4:30 pm at the Hazelnut Coffee House in Hazelwood.

Check out the photos from Guinea.


2/17/2009 - New Dance class in Lawrenceville


Yamoussa will be teaching a new West African Dance class for teens/adults beginning Saturday, March 7, 2:30-4:00pm at Pittsburgh Dance and Theatre Arts! in Lawrencevile. This is in addition to the Tuesday class at CMU.


2/10/2009 - Yamoussa is back from Guinea


Yamoussa has returned form his trip to his home in Conakry, Guinea. While there, he made a new CD accompanied by some of the finest musicians Guinea has to offer. For more information on the new CD, email Yamoussa .


2/6/2009 - Yamoussa on CRAE Roster


Yamoussa has been selected to be on the Culturally Responsive Arts Education (CRAE) Teaching Artist Roster for the Pittsburgh Public Schools funded by the Heinz Endowments.


email Yamoussa or call 412-403-7502.



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