As most of you already know, Rhythm N Dance has partnered with the Edeyo Foundation to provided preforming arts education to the children of the Joyous Heart School in Bel-Air, Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. Our trip last year in 2011 was an eye opener to the struggle of the people still living in the aftermath of the earthquake that hit the island two years ago, but it was also a look into a strong, vigilant and culturally rich citizens of the first African nation to gain it’s freedom from colonial rule.

Last November, Rhythm N Dance, the Edeyo Foundation, Rara Tou Limen, along with a whole host of organizations in Washington DC came together for the first Danse-Edeyo event, where we raised $2,000 dollars for the Joyous Heart School.  It was a great event and we are filled with gratitude and appreciation over all of the people who came out to support our event.

On September 8th, the Edeyo Foundation, Rhythm N Dance and another organization dedicated to supporting the Joyous Heart School, 54 Kingdoms will come together for the Edeyo Takeover – a weekend of events geared towards raising money for the children of the Joyous Heart School.  We begin the day with Danse Edeyo – The NYC Edition, which will feature drum and dance classes in a fun fundraiser being put together by Rhythm N Dance. The event will feature a West African Drum class with Griot Percussionist Medoune Yacine Dame Gueye, followed by two dance classes taught by Rhythm N Dance’s own Kevin McEwen and Haitian Folkloric Dancer Ms. Nadia Dieudonné! The event will be located in the heart of Brooklyn, at the Cumbe Center for African and Diaspora Dance, located at 558 Fulton Street, 2nd Floor (near Flatbush Ave.) Brooklyn, NY 11217.

Later on that evening, join us and the brothers from 54 Kingdoms as we celebrate NYC Fashion Week with their event Kingdom Come!  54 Kingdoms is an apparel company that brings the Pan-African creative, history and culture to the doorstep of global fashion. The Kingdom Come 2012 Collection with the tag line “Bold Colors for Bold People” gathers its inspiration from two avenues: native fabrics and prints which communicate the rich and vibrant culture of the African Diaspora, and a tribute design which illustrates Africa’s deep educational roots in the sciences and arts.

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So get ready New York! Come out and support two great events supporting an even greater cause! Lets drum, dance and network to support a great cause in Haiti!