Drika Overton brings her original style, choreography and indelible sense of musicality to her classes. Through slapping, clapping and tapping find your inner musician as you move gracefully through space.
A veteran tap dancer, Drika has studied with Honi Coles, Jimmy Slyde, Eddie Brown, Cholly Atkins, Keith Terry, and Brenda Bufalino among many others. As a long time producer and performer she has shared the stage with such notables as Jimmy Slyde, Savion Glover, Brenda Bufalino, Fayard Nicholas, and Bill Irwin and has collaborated with musical director Paul Arslanian creating works such as Clara's Dream A Jazz Nutcracker; Music Hall Follies: A Vaudeville in 9 Acts; and Off the Beaten Path A Jazz & Tap Odyssey.
She is the founder (1995) and producer of the Portsmouth Percussive Dance Festival and director of the new venue, The Dance Hall in Kittery, Maine.
JENNIFER CORMIER DALY ('JENI')
BELLY DANCE & HOOP DANCE
Jennifer Daly (“Jeni”) spent several years in Los Angeles where she performed regularly at top nightclubs, exclusive private events and in numerous theatre productions, including “Belly Dance Evolution,” a groundbreaking production that tours the world. As a member of Jillina's renowned International Dance company, The Sahlala Dancers, Jeni had the privilege to train with one of the world's most sought-after belly dance instructors and along-side some of the top dancers in the field. Between 2008 and 2010 she danced in segments for popular TV shows including ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” and Fox’s “Good Day L.A.” In addition to performing in various internationally distributed videos, including Belly Dance Evolution's "Immortal Desires," Jeni also worked as a script supervisor on Jillina's 2007 line of Instructional DVD’s. In 2015 she re-joined the cast of Belly Dance Evolution for their production of "Alice in Wonderland" in Arlington, MA. In addition, Jeni is a certified Level 1, 2 and Kid's Hoopnotica Method Instructor and teaches regular dance classes & workshops in MA, ME and NH.
WEST AFRICAN DANCE
Elizabeth has been dancing most of her life. With a BA in Dance Studies, from Connecticut College she was first introduced to West African Dance as a student in 1991 and was immediately hooked. Since then, she has studied with teachers from Guinea, Mali and Senegal and has traveled to Guinea to study dance intensively four times.
WEST AFRICAN DRUMMING
Namory was born in Sangbarala, Guinea, and has been the lead djembefola for the village since 2006. He grew up drumming with his family and friends, including Nansady Keita and Solo Keita, and has studied and worked with his uncle, djembe-master Famoudou Konate as well. Namory has recorded CDs with Billy Konate and Diarra Konate, and has helped documentary film-makers to understand the life and music of Sangbarala and the Hamana region of Guinea.
Namory has hosted djembe and dunun workshops in Sangbarala and has taught and performed in Germany, Portugal, Poland, and France.
Namory has a team of skilled woodworkers making djembes and dununs for drummers all over the world. Namory is known for his love of his village, his respect for traditional music, and his infectious joy of life. The fact that he's a fabulous djembefola, generous teacher, and gracious host only adds to his charms!
BEGINNER JAZZ TAP
Jenny didn’t begin tap dancing until she was almost 40 years old—but from the very first class she just couldn’t get enough of it. She has studied with Drika Overton and Dean Diggins, as well as many others at festivals and workshops throughout the Northeast. She loves introducing students to the magic that is jazz tap firstname.lastname@example.org