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Workshop | West African Dance with Shani Diouf

August 12, 2023 @ 10:00AM – 11:00AM
The DeLUXE Theater
3303 Lyons Avenue
Texas 77020
Workshop | West African Dance with Shani Diouf @ The DeLUXE Theater

Join choreographer Shani Diouf for a community dance and movement workshop at the historic DeLUXE Theater located in the 5th Ward Cultural Arts District.

This program is part of a series of dance workshops presented in conjunction with the exhibition, Ming Smith: Feeling the Future. Each workshop is led by a different local choreographer. All ages and abilities are welcome.

Workshop Description

This class is open to all levels and will focus on traditional West African dance and culture. Participants will learn the movements, style, rhythms, and cultural significance of the dances while also focusing on body strength and flexibility. The class will be accompanied by live drumming and will include a warm-up, background information about the dance(s), a break-down of the movements, singing, and high-energy dancing.

Ticket Information

This event is free to attend, but RSVPs are encouraged as space is limited.


Location and Accessibility

The DeLUXE Theater
3303 Lyons Avenue
Houston, Texas 77020

For questions or concerns regarding safety or accessibility, contact YET Torres, Public Programs and CAMHLAB Manager, at

About Shani Diouf

Shani Diouf is a Fulbright scholar having researched dance in Ghana, where she studied and performed with The National Dance Company of Ghana and Saakumu Dance Troupe. She holds an MA in Religious Studies from Rice University, an MFA in Performance and Choreography from Florida State University, and a BS in Dance (summa cum laude) from Lamar University.

Diouf, a certified Kemetic yoga instructor, also founded and organized The Akwaaba Dance and Drum Festival, a festival comprised of dance and drum classes as well as performances and lectures aimed at educating the culture of the African diaspora. She is currently a PhD student in dance at Texas Woman’s University where she is exploring influences of African Aesthetics on African American religious dance and worship. Her current choreographic interest is in where those two genres intersect in the dancing body.


Major support for Ming Smith: Feeling the Future is provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Additional support is provided by Art Dealers Association of America Foundation.


Image caption: Shani Diouf. Image courtesy the artist.