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Sidiki Conde & Tokounou
Mixed-ability West African Drumming and Dance Ensemble


Heather Maloney and John Beauregard

"True handicaps come only from the mind, the limits we place on ourselves. We can do anything, our community is everywhere."
Sidiki Conde

Sidiki Conde, his legs paralyzed since his early teens, overcame the prejudices against those with disabilities in his native Guinea and trained in the traditional music and dance of West Africa. He founded Tokounou in 1999 with the dual aims of showcasing African culture and the inclusion of those with disabilities at all times. In their electrifying shows, the singers, dancers, and musicians of Tokounou create a communal experience that embraces the audience, and people of all backgrounds and abilities.

The evening also includes a performance of FALLING UP, choreographed by Heather Maloney and danced by Maloney and John Beauregard.

These performance are part of danceAble, an innovative project that focuses on dance as a vital art form for persons with and without disabilities. Running from Monday, June 24 through Friday, June 29 at the Florida Dance Festival, danceAble includes a full line-up of performances, workshops and public events, held within the Florida Dance Festival. It is jointly produced by Florida Dance Association and Tigertail Productions.

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This is our 27th season. We believe that community involvement is essential. Season partners and supporters include: AeroMexico; Allegany Franciscan Ministeries; Alternate ROOTS, Nathan Cummings Foundation and the Ford Foundation; American Express Company; Arthur F. and Alice E. Adams Charitable Foundation; BankAtlantic Foundation; Books & Books; Bresaro Suites; Centro Cultural Brasil-USA; City of Coral Gables Cultural Arts Program; City of Miami Beach Cultural Affairs Program, Cultural Arts Council; Consulate General of Brazil; Dade Community Foundation; DindyCo; Embraer; E.S. Moore Family Foundation; Etra Fine Art; Florida Dance Association; FIU Dance Department; Foundation for Contemporary Arts; Frida Kahlo Tequila; Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau; Joseph H. and Florence A. Roblee Foundation; Mellon Private Wealth Management; M-DC Dance Department; Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; Miami-Dade County Public Library; Miami-Dade County Public Schools; Miami River Inn; National Endowment for the Arts; National Performance Network; New World School of the Arts Dance Department; Publix Super Markets Charities; The Law Office of Linda M. Smith; Southern Arts Federation; State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council; TAM Brazilian Airlines; Touch South Beach; Vortex Communications; WDNA & WLRN FM.

Photos: Deborah RossDesign: Vortex Communications, Inc., Coral Gables, FL


Friday, June 29
8:00 pm

(Note that this event has already passed.)


Colony Theatre
1040 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL

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Other danceAble Events
Friday, June 29
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Miami Dade College
Wolfson Campus
ETCOTA Auditorium
Room 7128, Building 7
500 NE 2nd Avenue
Downtown Miami

Mixed-ability African Dance and Drumming workshop:
Sidiki Conde and Tokounou company members
June 25-27
5:30 to 7 pm
New World

Video Screening:
documentaries about Sidiki Conde's work in Africa
June 26
New World School of the Arts
25 NE 2nd Street
Downtown Miami
Free admission