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FADF 2015

18th Annual Florida African Dance Festival
June 11 - 13, 2015

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ACCESSIBILITY COORDINATOR

If you require any accommodations to attend or participate in any of the festival activities, please contact Jevelle Robinson, Accessibility Coordinator, at 850-539-4087 or acdt93@aol.com before May 26, 2014.

Don’t forget to register for first-time offering at festival the Wheelchair African Dance Class!


FRIDAY, JUNE 13

WHEELCHAIR AFRICAN DANCE CLASS

(Age Groups 18 and up)

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., FREE
Pre-Registration Required
Send Request to:
acdt93@aol.com

Location:
Lifetime Sports Complex
Tallahassee Community College

444 Appleyard Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32304

Featuring:
Kadiatou Conte-Forte

 

The Festival.

Celebrating 21Years, the African Caribbean Dance Theatre, Inc. presents the 17th Annual Florida African Dance Festival (FADF) June 12 – 14, 2014 in Tallahassee, Florida at the Tallahassee Community College.  FADF is a 3-day conference that features internationally renowned artists in dance and drum workshops, and an exciting performance concert.  Other highlights include special dance workshops for children, vendor marketplace, natural hair show, and health focus on mental illness.  For additional details about the artists, schedule, registration, etc., click at one of the specified FADF links.

*FADF rated as one of the Top 100 Events in Florida by Bizbash, a Miami-based magazine, June/July 2007 issue.

*FADF 2006 featured in the National Endowment for the Arts’ annual report published in November 2007.  Only two arts’ organizations are featured from each state.



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The Company.

The African Caribbean Dance Theatre, Inc. (ACDT) is your premier source for African cultural activities in Florida.  ACDT, a Tallahassee-based cultural education organization, has for the past 21 years wowed audiences with its pulsating and energizing performances at inaugural events, festivals, concerts, weddings and other special occasions throughout the Southeast.  The company’s year-round schedule of African dance and drum classes serves as the training ground for youths and adults’ development in these traditions.

With its year-round program services, along with the presentation of the annual Florida African Dance Festival, ACDT is paving the pathway for the preservation of African dance and drumming for future generations.  Become a part of the ACDT experience and allow us to enrich your life!  Contact ACDT today at 850-539-4087 or acdt93@aol.com.

Year-round Classes
ACDT offers weekly year-round classes at 451 West Gaines Street (formerly Margo’s Balloons & Baskets) in Tallahassee.  Parking is available at Savannah’s Country Buffet or any street off of Gaines.  Here’s the weekly class schedule:

Tuesdays & Thursdays
Afrobics 5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. (Aerobic Exercise)
African Dance 6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Saturdays
Drum 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
African Dance 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

NOTE:  Some class schedules are subject to change.  Please contact ACDT at 850-539-4087 or acdt93@aol.com before you plan to attend.

 

Artists

Artists

M'Bemba Bangoura

M'Bemba Bangoura

Oumar N'Diaye

Oumar N'Diaye

Sidiki Sylla

Sidiki Sylla

Marietou Camara

Marietou Camara

Marie Basse Wiles

Marie Basie

Fode Camara

Fode Camara

Kadiatou Conte-Forte

Kadiatou Conte-Forte

Mangue Sylla

Mangue Sylla

Fode Bangoura

Fode Bangoura

Ismael Bangoura

Ismael Bangoura

Brigo Gueye

Brigo Gueye

Cheikh Mbaye

Cheikh M'Baye

Dame Gueye

Dame Gueye

Aboubacar Soumah

Aboubacar Soumah

Aboubacar Sylla

Aboubacar Sylla

Abdou Mbaye

Abdou M'Baye

Assane Mbaye

Assane M'Baye

Mouminatou Camara

Mouminatou Camara

Schedule

Schedule

Thursday, June 12

Meet and Greet with Festival Artists
7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
FREE
Location: Homewood Suites Hotel, 2987 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32301 
Featuring: Ghost Entertainment, Light Refreshments


Friday, June 13

Dance and Drum Workshops (Age Groups 13 and up ONLY)
10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., $10 per workshop
Location: Lifetime Sports Complex, Tallahassee Community College
444 Appleyard Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32304
Featuring: Festival Dance and Drum Artists
Note: Barefoot Dancing on gym floor. Bring tape or other protective footgear.
No SHOES allowed on the gym floor.



Friday, June 13

Class Schedule

  Dance Workshops Drum Workshops
10:00 am - 11:30 am Marietou Camara
(Djembe)
 
11:45 am - 1:15 pm Sidiki Sylla
(Djembe)
Fode Camara
(Djembe & Doundoun)
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Marie Basse Wiles
(Sabar)
Mangue Sylla
(Djembe & Doundoun)
3:15 pm - 4:45 pm Youssouf Koumbassa
(Djembe)
Assane Mbaye
(Djembe & Doundoun)
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Mouminatou Camara
(Djembe)
 


Friday, June 13

Children's Dance Workshop ONE (Age Groups 5 and up)
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., FREE (Pre-Registration Required, Send Request to acdt93@aol.com)
Location: Lifetime Sports Complex, Tallahassee Community College
444 Appleyard Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32304
Featuring: TBA

Children's Story Hour (Age Groups 5 and up)
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., FREE
Location: Lifetime Sports Complex, Tallahassee Community College
444 Appleyard Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32304
Featuring: Olusegun Williams

WHEELCHAIR AFRICAN DANCE CLASS (Age Groups 18 and up)
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., FREE (Pre-Registration Required, Send Request to acdt93@aol.com)
Location: Lifetime Sports Complex, Tallahassee Community College
444 Appleyard Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32304
Featuring: Kadiatou Conte-Forte

ZUMBA ESSENCE Fitness Hour & Showcase (Age Groups 18 and up)
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., FREE
Location: Lifetime Sports Complex, Tallahassee Community College
444 Appleyard Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32304
Featuring: Zumba Essence Instructors of Tallahassee

Friday, VENDOR MARKETPLACE HOURS
9:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.


Saturday, June 14

Dance and Drum Workshops (Age Groups 13 and up ONLY)
10:00 a.m. – 6:15 p.m., $10 per workshop
Location: Lifetime Sports Complex, Tallahassee Community College
444 Appleyard Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32304
Featuring: Festival Dance and Drum Artists
Note: Barefoot Dancing on gym floor. Bring tape or other protective footgear.
No SHOES allowed on the gym floor.



Saturday, June 14

Class Schedule

  Dance Workshops Drum Workshops
10:00 am - 11:30 am Youssouf Koumbassa
(Djembe)
Ismael Bangoura
(Djembe & Doundoun)
11:45 am - 1:15 pm Oumar N'Diaye
(Djembe)
Kadiatou Conte-Forte
(Women's Doundoun)
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Marie Basse Wiles
(Sabar)
Mbemba Bangoura
(Djembe & Doundoun)
3:15 pm - 4:45 pm Mouminatou Camara
(Djembe)
Fode Bangoura
(Djembe & Doundoun)
5:00 pm - 6:15 pm Marietou Camara
(Djembe)
 




Saturday, June 14

Children's Dance Workshop ONE (Age Groups 5 and up)
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., FREE Pre-Registration Required, Send Request to acdt93@aol.com)
Location: Lifetime Sports Complex, Tallahassee Community College,
444 Appleyard Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32304
Featuring: TBA

Health Forum on Mental Illness
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Featuring: Representatives of the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) and other Local Healthcare Professionals

Health Screenings
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Featuring: FAMU College of Pharmacy

Natural Hair Show
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Featuring: Naturally U Braiding Studio

Saturday, VENDOR MARKETPLACE HOURS
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.



Saturday, June 14

PERFORMANCE CONCERT
8:15 p.m., $10 per person
Doors Open at 7:30 p.m.; Ticket Box Office Opens at 6:30 p.m.
Location: Lee Hall Auditorium, Florida A&M University 1601 MLK, Jr. Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32307
Featuring: African Caribbean Dance Theatre (Host), Balafon West African Dance Ensemble (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), Minianka West African Drum & Dance Ensemble (Chicago, Illinois), N’Kafu Traditional African Dance Company (New Orleans, Louisiana), Wona Womalan West African Drum & Dance Ensemble (Charleston, South Carolina), Nko Fallou, Dante Mitchell, Nicholas Spivey & Other Festival Guest Artists.



Saturday, June 14

POST CONCERT RECEPTION
10:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m., FREE
Location: Homewood Suites Hotel, 2987 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32301
Featuring: Ghost Entertainment, Light Refreshments



Concert & Tickets

Concert & Tickets

PERFORMANCE CONCERT

8:15 p.m., $10 per person
Doors Open at 7:30 p.m.; Ticket Box Office Opens at 6:30 p.m.
Location: Lee Hall Auditorium, Florida A&M University 1601 MLK, Jr. Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32307
Featuring: African Caribbean Dance Theatre (Host), Balafon West African Dance Ensemble (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), Minianka West African Drum & Dance Ensemble (Chicago, Illinois), N’Kafu Traditional African Dance Company (New Orleans, Louisiana), Wona Womalan West African Drum & Dance Ensemble (Charleston, South Carolina), Nko Fallou, Dante Mitchell, Nicholas Spivey & Other Festival Guest Artists.

You don't want to miss it!

Purchase Concert Tickets with Credit Card via Paypal

Go to FADF Registration (Credit Card Option Available Through May 30, 2014)


Concert Ticket Outlets in Tallahassee
Beginning May 19, 2014

Au Peche Mignon
1415 Timberlane Road
668-5533

G&G Restaurant
2039 West Pensacola Street
222-9157

Naturally U Braiding Studio
1141-A Apalachee Parkway (Next to Gold's Gym)
386-8523

NISUB International
1135 West Orange Avenue
574-5082

Soul Vegetarian
1205 South Adams Street
893-8208

The Cake Shop
1908 Capital Circle, NE
386-2253



Registration

Registration

Download registration application HERE. PAYPAL Payment Processing is now CLOSED.

Vendors

Vendors

Download the vendor application here. PAYPAL Payment Processing is now CLOSED.

Hotels

Hotels

Homewood Suites
2987 Apalachee Parkway
Tallahassee, FL 32301
850-402-9400

Call the Homewood Suites Hotel at 850-402-9400 and mention the group code CHWFAF to receive a discounted rate of $89.00DEADLINE: May 30, 2014.

Hampton Inn Hotel (Same Parking Lot as Homewood Suites)
2979 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32307
Call the Hampton Inn at 850-309-1300 and mention the group code CHXFAF to receive a discounted rate of $79.00DEADLINE: May 30, 2014.

For additional information about hotels and other sites in Tallahassee, you may wish to go to www.visittallahassee.com or contact the Visitor Information Center at 800-628-2866 or 850-606-2305.


Sponsors

Sponsors

Our Sponsors



Dr. Ahkinyala Abdullah
Dr. Makola Abdullah

DuPont Insurance
Full Press Apparel
Graphic Press
New Hope New Faith Ministries
Strong & Jones Funeral Home



Au Peche Mignon
Distinguished Young Gentlemen of America
FAMU College of Pharmacy
G&G Restaurant
Ghost Entertainment
Naturally U Braiding Studio
New Leaf Market
NISUB International
Orchesis Contemporary Dance Theatre Alumni
The Cake Shop





Health

Health

Florida African Dance Festival
Health Focus 2014: Mental Illness

Ask NAMI & Other Local Healthcare Representatives
Saturday, June 14, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Health Education Forum on Mental Illness
TCC, Lifetime Sports Complex


Throughout its 16 year history, FADF has focused on health issues of a physical nature. This year, based on the recommendation from an FADF participant, we are pleased to bring awareness to mental illness. We implore you to take note for yourselves, your families and friends. A “check-up from the neck up” is as equally important as any other health screening. Let’s all work toward mental wellness!

It is estimated that mental illness affects one in five families in America. Sadly, these illnesses usually strike individuals in the prime of their lives, often during adolescence and young adulthood. Because of the stigma attached to mental illness, many people do not seek treatment. In the African American community, more so than others, mental illness is treated like a shameful secret.

The National Alliance for Mental Illness, or NAMI, was founded to raise awareness about mental illness. The program, Sharing Hope: Understanding Mental Health, is a one-hour, structured presentation specifically tailored for African American communities.

The need is strong. While mental illness exists in all population groups, the U.S. Surgeon General has noted that African Americans and other minorities:

  • are less likely to receive diagnosis and treatment for their mental illness
  • have less access to and availability of mental health services
  • often receive a poorer quality of mental health care
  • are underrepresented in mental health research

NAMI is reaching out to the African American community through various avenues to bridge the gap between African Americans and resources. The overwhelming message that NAMI hopes to get across is that there is no reason to be ashamed. A diagnosis of mental illness is no different than a diagnosis of diabetes, hypertension, or high cholesterol. However, African Americans shy away from finding and/or receiving help for mental illness.

Stigma and lack of information too often prevents African Americans from seeking mental health treatment. Sharing Hope will help foster a dialogue about mental illness to create a compassionate environment for all those affected by these illnesses.

Fast Facts About Mental Illness

  • About one in five adults (ages 18 and older) has a diagnosable mental disorder. (National Institute of Mental Health)
  • Mental illnesses are more common than cancer, diabetes or heart disease. (U.S. Surgeon General’s Report)
  • Mental illnesses can affect persons of any age, income, race, religion or culture. Mental illnesses affect both males and females. (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill)
  • Mental illnesses often appear for the first time during adolescence and young adulthood. While they can occur at any age, the young and the old are especially vulnerable. (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill)
  • Four of the 10 leading causes of disability (lost years of productive life) in the United States and other developed countries are mental disorders, which include major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Many persons suffer from more than one mental disorder at any given time. (National Institute of Mental Health)
  • With proper care and treatment, between 70 and 90 percent of persons with mental illnesses experience a significant reduction of symptoms and an improved quality of life. (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill)
  • More than two-thirds of Americans who have a mental illness live in the community and lead productive lives. (National Mental Health Assocation)

This information was provided by NAMI’s Tallahassee Affiliate and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website. Please attend the health forum on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. to learn more about Mental Illness with NAMI and other local healthcare professionals. The NAMI Tallahassee Affiliate conducts presentations that are free and open to the public. For more information on NAMI and other mental health resources, call 850-841-3386.

FAQs

FAQs

May I pay for the registration and/or concert fee with a credit card?
You may pay with a credit card via Paypal for registration and/or concert tickets online before May 25. After May 25, we will only accept money orders, cashier's checks or cash.

How long is the concert?
The concert will be about 1 ½ – 2 hours long.

Is reserved seating available for the concert?
No, there is no reserved seating.

Is the concert appropriate for children?
The concert is designed for all age groups.

Are there any discounts available for the concert?
No, the fee for the concert is a flat rate of $10 for ALL tickets. While we love our senior citizens, children and special groups, there are no discounted rates.

Is prior dance or drum experience necessary?
Prior dance or drum experience isn't necessary. However, it might be helpful for you to observe a class first, so that you can familiarize yourself with the structure and procedure.

Do you have beginner, intermediate and advanced level classes for dance or drum?
No, all skill levels are grouped in classes together. At this time, we do not have the luxury of separating the skill levels. But, we feel confident whatever the skill level, you'll learn something.

What do I wear for the dance class?
Women should wear what is called a "lappa," along with a t-shirt, sports bra and shorts beneath the lappa. The lappa is usually 2 yards or less, dependent upon body size, of African print material, worn similarly to the American styled wrap-a-round skirt. Men typically wear socatos or warm-up pants with a t-shirt. Socatos are the "droop-seated" pants in African print. AND, everybody is barefooted.

Do I need to bring my own drum for the workshops?
Yes, bring your own drum. Unfortunately, we do not have enough equipment to supply everyone with a drum.

Do I need transportation to go from the hotel site to the dance conference location?
Yes, please make arrangements for your own transportation. While we would want to provide this service, it isn't available at this time.

May I videotape, audiotape or photograph the dance or drum workshops?
No, you cannot videotape, audiotape or photograph the dance or drum workshops. However, you may request of permission to audiotape from each drum instructor.

May I videotape or photograph the concert performance?
No, you may not. Anyone observed videotaping or photographing will be asked to leave the auditorium.

Get in touch

acdt93@aol.com

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