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Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance, Inc.


To bring ashé, the power and spirit of African and Diaspora dance and music, into our modern lives.


Cumbe is a home for African and Diaspora dance and music.
Through classes and cultural programs, we invite everyone to feel the joy and vitality of rhythms rooted in Africa. Cumbe champions African and Diaspora culture as a vibrant legacy for people of African descent and as an exuberant source of power, spirit and knowledge for all.


  • Welcome everyone graciously.
  • Respect the traditions and cultures of Africa and the African Diaspora.
  • Celebrate the contributions of African and Diaspora culture to the world.
  • Honor artists.
  • Use our platform as an African and Diaspora dance studio to move our community and world towards racial equity.

Become a Champion for African-Rooted Dance! We are creating a community of African/Diaspora Dance Champions. Join Us!

We are raising money to support the proliferation of African/Diaspora dance in NYC. African/Diaspora dance embodies all of life - it is vitality, joy, knowledge, spirit, community, fluidity, power, strength, liberation, sensuality, sexuality, lightness, groundedness, quickness, dexterity, feeling deeply in tune to drumming, trees, cranes, rivers and oceans, lightning, roads, celebration, migrations, journeys, resistance, resilience and home.

Support Cumbe as we continue to create a home passionately dedicated to the joy and vitality of movement from West and Central Africa, Cuba, Haiti, Brazil and more.