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Dance Party: The Music of Movement

On April 4th, 2010, Dancer Maman Diallo celebrated the anniversary of Senegalese national independence with a traditional women’s drum and dance party (called a sabar) in her neighborhood of Medina, Dakar. This well-connected dancer invited luminaries from the Senegalese dance and drum world, and women and girls (as well as a few daring male dancers) from throughout the area came to celebrate, socialize, show off their fashionable new styles and take a turn in the dance circle. These photos are my attempt to show the force of style and movement in transforming these resource-poor streets into a space of celebration and spectacle.

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