If you haven’t had the pleasure of studying with Sayon Camara, you are in for a treat. He will take you places in your drumming you didn’t know existed and he will do it with a humble, open heart and infinite joy. Get a direct West African experience. You’ll never be the same again! Sayon has been teaching workshops for almost a decade in the US, Guinea and Japan to students from all over the world. He has the ability to communicate the music to others, regardless of the language they speak and the size of the group. Past workshops have ranged in length from one day to one month and can be held in your city or country, or in Guinea. If you would like to arrange a workshop in your area, please contact Sayon for details. Please check out Workshop Tips below.

Workshop Tips

If You Need A Drum For A Workshop
Please let us know well in advance by calling 802 779 4914. We have djembes for rent for $5 per workshop day.

What to Bring to All Drum Workshops
A djembe if you have one, water, an AUDIO recorder  – we ask that no video recordings be made during workshops, only photos and audio recordings – to practice what you’ve learned later, and whatever else you need to be comfortable. If you don’t have a djembe don’t worry, you can rent at the workshop for a nominal fee. Please let us know you need to rent a djembe when you register, no less than two weeks in advance.

What to Bring to All Dance Workshops
Loose comfortable clothing, plenty of water and any snack you may need.

Pre-register for all workshops by calling or texting 802-779-4914, unless otherwise specified.




West African Style Dance Workshop with Marita Kennedy-Castro
and with Live Drumming by Sayon Camara

Saturday June 23
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
You’ve Been Asking to DANCE! Here’s Your Chance!
One Class Only!

AHA Yoga • 85 North Main Street • Suite 240
White River Junction VT
2nd Floor of the Tip Top Building

Cost  $15

All are welcome! Young, old, experienced, inexperienced.

Register Now!  Call or text Lev at 802-779-4914 or contact us here.

Marita is a fluid, inspiring, exquisite dancer and loving teacher.

More About Marita…

In Marita’s words… West African traditions honor our interconnection to the rhythms of nature and to one another, through celebration of life’s cycles and seasons. This is something that is intrinsic to many traditional dance forms, yet often forgotten in American culture. 

Marita Kennedy-Castro is a 19 year scholar of West African Dance and has been blessed to study with master teachers from Guinea, Ghana, Senegal, Mali, Ivory Coast, Cameroon and Congo, with a primary focus in Guinean dance. It was her beloved teacher, Youssouf Koumbassa, perhaps the one of the world’s most sought after Guinean dance teachers, from whom she received the blessing and encouragement to teach and perform.

Based in Portland Maine, Marita teaches classes and workshops, sharing her enthusiasm for broadening multi-cultural awareness and illuminating new avenues to healing through the arts. She is founder and owner of Embody the Rhythm, and artistic director/choreographer/performer with New Moon Ensemble, as well as the co-founder of the multicultural collaborative, Many Waters Arts. Visit her site at

December 2018 / January 2019

Drumming, Music, Dance & Culture Intensive
3 Weeks of Immersion into the Culture of Sayon’s Native Guinea
December 31, 2018  – January 20, 2019
Go here for more information. It’s never to early to sign up!

Past Workshops
Wiscasset ME
Guinea, West Africa
Uxbridge MA
Stonington CT
Harrisburg PA
Freeport NY
Newton MA
Boston MA
Woolwich ME
Bellingham WA
Washington DC
Schuylersville NY
Lebanon NH
White River Junction VT
Seattle WA
Norwich VT
Windsor VT
Plymouth NH
Laconia NH
Vassalboro ME
Portland OR
Ashland OR
Augusta ME
New London NH
Vancouver CA
Kouya Sidia and Conakry Guinea 
Chicago IL 

© Copyright, 2018 Sayon Camara Drumming LLC


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