Dance & Drum in Wescott Nation
Wacheva Cultural Arts, a local not-for-profit organization rooted in the heart of the Westcott Nation, is celebrating its community classes of multicultural dance, drum and fitness in an evening performance on Saturday, June 8th at 7 p.m. Located at One Village Dance Centre, 117 Harvard Place, Wacheva offers daily classes for adults and children in African dance and drum, Flamenco, Salsa, Bellydance, Kazoon (afro-modern), women’s drumming, drill step, yoga, and more. Attendees will experience and enjoy a presentation of the various classes offered with student performers, guests and professional artists. A reception, dance party and drum circle will follow the performance that all attendees can participate in.
This family-friendly event serves as Wacheva’s annual fundraiser. Proceeds from the event benefit the community with classes and scholarships. Tickets serve as a tax-deductible donation and are available for $20 adults, $15 seniors & students w/ID, and $7 children (5 and under are free). Group tickets are available at a discount. Seating is limited, so advanced purchase is recommended; call 506-3632.
Wacheva’s dance and drum studio at One Village Dance Centre is unique to the area, offering a diverse schedule of multicultural dance classes on a drop-in basis, so participants can burn calories while grooving in such a global fashion. It has that quintessential feel of a vibrant, urban arts studio, like in New York City, for adults.
“You can find many dance studios or fitness centers in Syracuse, but we haven’t had a multicultural space solely dedicated to having different teachers and cultural classes under the same roof,” said Biboti Ouikahilo, Wacheva’s artistic director. “This space is a reference point for all artists who come from around the world to share their artistic ability with the community as a fun and affordable alternative form of exercise.”