Lara Gonzales and Yael Shacham lead the final West African dance and drumming lesson at Murray Grove on Sunday
Participants learned traditional West African dance and drumming this weekend at the Murray Grove Retreat and Renewal Center in Lanoka Harbor. The women of Marafanyi, a drum, dance, and poetic motion company, taught the Doundoun dance, a Guinean dancing routine with drums, traditionally performed "ballet-style." Marafanyi ended the fourth annual three-day Drum and Dance festival at Murray Grove. Maire Fashjian and Amy Schindler of ViRAGO, a Freehold-based musical duo, led the closing ceremony of the event. Murray Grove's Drum and Dance Fest featured a number of workshops with teachings by Marafanyi, ViRAGO, Latin Drumming by Tom Brown, West African Drumming by Skip Leib, and belly dancing by Mihrimah.
Drum and Dance Fest will feature workshops on Afro-Brazilian, Latin and West African drumming as well as African dance and belly dancing
Plan a getaway right in town to Murray Grove Retreat and Renewal Center for their fourth annual Drum and Dance Fest this weekend. The weekend will feature various workshops on Afro-Brazilian, Latin, and West African drumming as well as African dance and belly dancing. “It’s informal and relaxed. We really just want people to come enjoy themselves and the ambiance of Murray Grove,” said Louise Ille, Executive Director of Murray Grove. So far 34 people have registered to attend the event, which will begin on Friday, July 15 and end Sunday, July 17. Openings are still available for the entire weekend or just parts, Ille said. “We would love to have more people,” Ille said. People who are not interested in drumming or dancing can still attend …