Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Facilitator: Anssumane Silla, Artistic Bio

Anssumane Silla Artistic Bio

An accomplished dancer and drummer, Anssumane began his performing career at the age of 11 in his native Guinea Bissau. He danced professionally for over 18 years with the National Ballet of Guinea Bissau. He was also a member of the contemporary dance troupe, Africa Estranha. Anssumane has entertained ambassadors, presidents and other international. His talent has led him to Mali, Senegal, The Gambia, South Africa and Libya. 

While working with African Estanha, Anssumane created performance pieces that address strife and suffering (including abuse of power and inequitable access to clear water and other vital resources) in Guinea Bissau, which has been torn apart by coups and political violence for decades. 

Since arriving in Philadelphia in 2008, Anssumane has toured numerous states, performing as a dancer and drummer with the Voices of Africa Drum Ensemble. He has been a featured artist for the Pennsylvania Humanities Council Humanities on the Road initiative, choreographer for the Kùlú Mèlé African Dance Ensemble, recipient of “Best in Philly” Dance Class, 2012 and two time awardee of the Folk Art PA grant. 

Anssumane choreographed the showcase production for ArtWell’s Gala 2015 where Director Spike Lee and Poet Laureate Sonia Sanchez were in attendance. He was a member of the 2015 Barrymore recommended play, Black Nativity by Langston Hughes, at Theater Horizons. 

In addition to teaching traditional (Bijagos, Balanta, Fula and Manjaco) and contemporary dance styles from Guinea Bissau, he teaches a range of other West African dance styles in studios and schools in various Philadelphia neighborhoods.

Ongoing Dances Classes

Guinea-Bissau, a small West African country with a little less than 2 million people, colonized by the Portuguese, it gained its independence in 1974. Its culture is rich with ethnic flavor, religion and traditional customs that include dance and drumming from the ethnic groups such as Bijagos, Balanta, Fula, and Manjaco.
Anssumane Silla, a native of Guinea-Bissau, is teaching traditional and contemporary dance styles from Guinea Bissau, he also teaches a range of other West African dance styles in studios and schools in various Philadelphia neighborhoods.

You've heard about the traditional drum and dance styles from West Africa, from Senegal, Mali, Nigeria and Ghana. Dance with the only dance instructor from Guinea-Bissau who has been doing it for over ten years. Currently he is conducting 3 dance classes each week. Join him today at Motherheart Studios.. https://www.motherheartstudio.com 2359 East Susquehanna Ave, Philadelphia, PA 484-885-9081 5:00-6:00PM

Anssumane Silla, featured artist for our upcoming Jamaican retreat, July 12-18, 2020, conducts weekly dance classes at BalletX, 1923 Washington Ave, Phila., PA 19146.  

Anssumane Silla  anssumane@gmail.com  646-415-4796 

Dance Class with the Classic Dancer Anssumane Silla from Guinea Bissau. Every Sunday. Studio 34, 4522 Baltimore Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19143 Phone: 646 415 4759 Email: goosie1920@gmail.com

Anssumane Silla  anssumane@gmail.com  646-415-4796  

An amazing, rewarding experience, with the only person teaching traditional African Dance from Guinea Bissau, right here in Philadelphia. Folks travel from all over to participate, and so can you! It happens every Sunday, same place, same time. Try to come a few minutes earlier so you can settle in. ALL ARE WELCOME, NO MATTER YOUR DANCING LEVEL, KNOWLEDGE OR PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE. Fee: $12 per class

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