Diyé African Dance and Drum Ensemble

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Celebrating the African Diaspora

Diyé (pronounced dee-yay): A word from the language of the Susu people of Guinea, West Africa meaning “humility,” or “the act of being humble."

WHO IS DIYÉ?  

Diyé African Dance and Drum Ensemble is a new diversity/community outreach program of the Appalachian State University Department of Theatre and Dance and the College of Fine and Applied Arts. Directed by Sherone Price and Baba Khalid Saleem, the Ensemble is open to University students and Boone community members.

WHAT DOES DIYÉ DO? 

Diyé celebrates the African diaspora by leading African drumming and dance workshops, performances, lecture/demonstrations and other events throughout the region. They also do team building workshops through drumming and dance for campus and local organizations. Established in August 2019, the company's inaugural spring season begins this month!  

WHEN CAN I SEE DIYÉ? 

See the schedule below for the full list of workshops, performances and other outreach events. Come dance and drum with us!

WHY WAS DIYÉ FORMED?

The MISSION of the Diyé African Dance and Drum Ensemble of the Department of Theatre and Dance is to:

  • Educate students and communities on the African diaspora through music, dance and culture
  • Serve as an inclusive ambassador for the African arts on the campus of Appalachian State University and in the larger community
  • Act as a conduit for greater connection between Appalachian State University and the surrounding region
  • Support the interdisciplinary study of African arts at Appalachian State University
  • Contribute to diversity and global learning initiatives at Appalachian State University

HOW CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION?

BOOKING, FEES AND GENERAL INFORMATION:

Diyé African Dance and Drum Ensemble
Department of Theatre and Dance
Appalachian State University
PO Box 32123
Boone, NC 28608
(828) 262-3095 / diye@appstate.edu

 

DIYÉ CALENDAR OF EVENTS

WORKSHOP     Saturday, January 25 - Free African Dance and Drum Workshop (no experience necessary!) Donations accepted to benefit Diyé outreach efforts. Varsity Gym Dance Studio 208 - Drumming workshop from 10:00 - 11:30 am; Dancers join from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm.

WORKSHOP/LECTURE DEMONSTRATION    Friday, February 14 - Lec/Dem and Mini-Performance for students at The Academy at Middle Fork, Walkertown, NC.

WORKSHOP     Saturday, February 22 - Free African Dance and Drum Workshop (no experience necessary!) Donations accepted to benefit Diyé outreach efforts. Varsity Gym Dance Studio 208 - Drumming workshop from 10:00 - 11:30 am; Dancers join from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm.

PERFORMANCES     Wednesday, March 24 - Saturday, March 28 at 7:00 pm; Sunday, March 29 at 2:00 pm - Diye Performance as part of the department's annual Spring Appalachian Dance Ensemble concert. Purchase tickets here.

WORKSHOP - UNIVERSITY-WIDE OPEN HOUSE!     Saturday, April 18 - Free African Dance and Drum Workshop (no experience necessary!) Donations accepted to benefit Diyé outreach efforts. Varsity Gym Dance Studio 208 - Drumming workshop from 10:00 - 11:30 am; Dancers join from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm.

PERFORMANCE    Saturday, April 25 at 2:00 pm (tentative) - End of Semester Showcase