Africa Workshop..............................[Brochure 2014/15]
Over the past 20 years, Abdoulaye has orchestrated educational African Dance & Drum workshops in Guinea, W. Africa. As a Master Dancer he has toured, taught and performed for over 25 years in the USA, Europe and Australia.
The camp consists of two workshops. Both will be held on the island of Roume, just one hour by boat off the coast of Conakry.
The Dance & Drum programme consists of two workshops. Both workshops will be held on the island of Roume, which is just one hour by boat off the coast of Conakry.
The Photo Safari programme is set in various parts of Guinea. These areas are specially selected for their authentic traditional African living and settings.
Conakry is the capital city of Guinea.The native people of Conakry and the surrounding areas are predominantly of Susu origin and muslim. The official language of Guinea is French, although the majority only speak the Susu language.
The city of Conakry offers a mixture of new and old traditions. Both modern and traditional amenities can be purchased at the local markets.
Visitors enjoy the African music and dance, as they are an integrated part of the daily life in Guinea.
INSTRUCTORS & CLASSES
The Dance & Drum instructors are Master artists. They are from Les Ballets Africains and Ballet Djoliba. Experience in teaching both Westem & African pupils, makes them exceptional at teaching all levels of drum and dance techniques. Classes run 5 days per week, Monday - Friday, with 4 hours of dance and 3 hours of drum instruction per day. Drums are provided for drum class and may also be purchased from the camp. Students wishing to make audio or video recordings during the classes may do so for a fee that would cover the recording rights.
Housing is provided at our island retreat The Allatantou Dance & Drum School. A maximum of 3 students will be assigned to each room. Meals are prepared by the village women. A continental breakfast consisting of fruit, cheese, bread, coffee, tea, etc. is served daily. Lunches and dinners are served in the traditional African manner. These meals usually consist of rice and vegetables with fish or chicken. Vegetarians must contact us regarding food preparation instructions for the cooks.
November, December and January are the best months to visit Guinea since they fall in the dry season. Heat and humidity are lower during this time of year with an average temperature of 30 degrees. It is ideal to wear light weight shirts and pants in the evenings when mosquitoes are most active.
It is your responsibility to make arrangements for your flight to Guinea. Participants will be picked up at the Conakry, Gbessa International Airport. Air France, Delta, Brussels Airlines, KLM and Royal Air Maroc fly into Guinea. Please send your flight intinerary to Abdloulaye Camara.
There is a local airport tax of about $25.00. Make sure to pay this tax when you purchase your ticket and keep the receipt with you for the record upon arrival at Gbessa International Airport.
The local currency is the Guinea Franc. The exchange rate is approximately 6,800 Guinea francs to the U.S. dollar and 9,000 Guinea francs to the Euro.