Community Invited to Free African Drumming Demonstration on Saturday, Oct. 26

Department of Theatre and Dance offers FREE African Dance and Drum Class on Oct. 26

BOONE, N.C. – The Department of Theatre and Dance at Appalachian State University will offer African Dance and Drum workshops this Saturday, October 26, on the stage of Valborg Theatre.  

Classes will be taught by App State dance studies faculty members Sherone Price and Khalid Saleem, artistic directors of the university's new Dadiyé African Dance and Drum Ensemble. Children 12 and older are welcome, but must be accompanied by a parent if under 18 years of age. Classes are free, but donations will be accepted to benefit community outreach efforts by the new Ensemble.

 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. DRUMMING WORKSHOP

11 a.m. - Noon DANCE WORKSHOP

Noon - 1 p.m.   DRUMMING AND DANCE 

Those who own them are asked to bring their djembe/drum with them, as limited numbers are available. A second drumming (only) class is planned for November 9. Times and the location for that class will be shared at the October 26 event.

Valborg Theatre is located at 480 Howard Street, and the theatre entrance is at the Howard Street roundabout. Weekend parking is free on the university campus, unless otherwise marked. For more information, contact the department office at (828) 262-3028, or email

Sherone Price is an associate professor of dance studies in Appalachian State's Department of Theatre and Dance. He received his dance training at North Carolina Central University, Duke University, and the American Dance Festival (ADF).  He earned his BFA from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and his MFA from Hollins University/American Dance Festival. He has been on the ADF faculty since 1995. 

 Khalid Abdul N'Faly Saleem (African Drummer) is an internationally renowned African music specialist. He joined the faculty of Appalachian State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance this fall. Previously, he served as musical director of Sankofa African Dance and Drum Ensemble at the State University of New York College at Brockport. He continues on the faculty of the American Dance Festival where he also performs and is a dance musician for both African and modern dance classes each summer. He has traveled internationally to the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America with the well-known Chuck Davis Dance Company (where he was the founding music director), as well as with The Egwen Dancers, The Big Drum Dance Company of Granada, and Les Guidivoir. 

About the Department of Theatre and Dance

The Department of Theatre and Dance is one of seven departments housed in Appalachian’s College of Fine and Applied Arts. Its mission is to facilitate transformative experiences for students and the public, which cultivate compassionate, creative and collaborative communities through theatre and dance. The department also offers coursework for integrated learning through the arts to the general university student population. Its dynamic co-curricular production program provides exemplary theatre and dance experiences to departmental students, the university community and the region.

About Appalachian State University

Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.


Photo caption: Sherone Price and Khalid Saleem, Artistic Directors of the Department of Theatre and Dance’s new Dadiyé African Dance and Drum Ensemble, will teach community dance and drum workshops on Saturday, October 26. (photo by Chase Reynolds)




Published: Oct 23, 2019 8:37am