Coyaba Dance Theater’s 20th Anniversary

Celebrate 20 years of building community and training two generations of dancers and drummers! Founded in 1997 by Artistic Director Sylvia SoumahCoyaba Dance Theater presents uplifting spirited traditional and contemporary West African dance and music, exploring humanitarian themes and the diverse ethnic groups that exist in West Africa.

About the Company

Coyaba Dance Theater was founded in 1997 by Founder/Artistic Director Sylvia Soumah.

The mission of Coyaba Dance Theater is to present traditional and contemporary West African dance and music focusing on the diverse ethnic groups and various humanitarian themes of West African culture. The company performs throughout the year and has been featured at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Publick Playhouse, the Lincoln Theater, the Lisner Auditorium, Dance Place, the Chicago Theater and the World Culture Open in Seoul, South Korea.

About Sylvia Soumah

Sylvia Soumah’s formal training begin in Cincinnati, Ohio where she majored in Modern Dance and Vocal music at the school for Creative and Performing Arts. In 1986, Soumah moved to Washington DC to focus her skills in modern dance under the direction of Carla Perlo in Carla & Company. During this time, she also performed and studied with Improvisation Unlimited, Wose Dance Theater, the National Ballet of the Republic of Guinea. Sylvia’s purpose for teaching and performing is to share her passion for the artistry, struggles, and the beauty of traditional African dance. Coyaba Dance Theater performs Outreach/Inreach dance and drumming workshops for Dance Place, The Smithsonian, Washington Performing Arts Society, and The Corcoran Gallery of Art, in Washington DC. Ms. Soumah has performed and taught in Korea, Senegal, Guinea Bissau, and Guinea. Currently Ms. Soumah teaches at Coyaba Academy, Dance Place, and The Washington Ballet at THE ARC. 

WHAT: Coyaba Dance Theater’s 20th Anniversary

WHEN: Saturday, March 11 at 8pm; Sunday, March 12 at 4pm

WHERE: Dance Place, 3225 8th Street NE, Washington, DC 20017; two blocks from Red Line Brookland / CUA Metro station; free and convenient parking


Tickets: $30 Admission; $25 Admission (Dance Place Members, Seniors and Artists); $15 College Students and Children (17& Under)
Advanced Sales – ends one week prior to performance weekend: $25 Advanced Sales Admission; $20 Advanced Sales Admission (Dance Place Members, Seniors and Artists)

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