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Masters to teach West African dance classes

By Staff | Oct 22, 2015

West African master dancer/drummer Fara Tolno is finding ways to relate and merge the art form of dance and music from his culture with that of the western world.

West African dance classes with master dancer/drummer Fara Tolno and master drummer Soriba Fofana from Guinea, West Africa will be held Oct. 21-23 at Maui Yoga Shala in Paia.

All classes are $15 each. Enjoy live drumming, compelling rhythms and lots of fun. All levels are welcome; call (808) 268-3722 for more information.

On Thursday, Oct. 22, there will be a special live performance by Tolno and the High Life Band, with music influenced by traditional rhythms. The band will play exciting, funky African high life beats to dance to and enjoy at Casanova in Makawao from 9 p.m. to midnight. The cover charge is $10. Guaranteed to be lots of fun, this evening of cultural entertainment is not to be missed.

Currently based in Boulder, Colorado, Tolno has completed his Master of Fine Arts Degree at the University of Colorado. Pursuing his degree in dance has given him the opportunity to not only teach and share his culture, but to study many different forms of dance.

He is taking this knowledge and finding ways to relate and merge the art form of dance and music from his culture with that of the western world.

Tolno is sharing this new and innovative perspective through his teaching in community and university classes, providing a one-of-a-kind opportunity and outlook at traditional West African dance and its relation historically and currently into the western world.