West African Dance with Embody the Rhythm


Embody the Rhythm‘s founder, Marita Kennedy-Castro (she/her), is a dance educator, embodied movement artist, and intercultural bridge-builder. She is the co-director and choreographer of the New Moon Ensemble. She was born in the Wabanaki Confederacy territory we call Maine under colonization.

Marita shares from a lifetime of dance and movement exploration and training, and over 23 years of study with master dancers of Guinea, West Africa. She received the encouragement and blessing to teach Guinean traditional dance from world-renowned dance artist and cultural ambassador, Youssouf Koumbassa.

Marita is passionate about contributing to cultural preservation, building intercultural community, and illuminating avenues to healing through movement as medicine. She completed her thesis in Dance & Performance Art for Healing & Social Change at Goddard College.


No one will be turned away for lack of funds; contact MSA at 207-879-4629 or info@mayostreetarts.org for information on our sliding scale admission policy.

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Masks and proof of COVID-19 vaccination are required for admittance to all on-site classes.

Spring Season (Mar 11 – May 27, 2022)

Dance and drumming are a rich part of the culture and community in Guinea. There are rhythms and dances to accompany all manner of life’s passages and natural cycles including births, weddings, coming of age ceremonies, the planting, and harvesting of crops, full moons, and celebrations of all kinds.

West African Dance of Guinea: Beginning Foundations & Choreography

ALL LEVELS ARE WELCOME and all bodies belong here! Explore the heart and hip opening movements of Guinean traditional dance while honoring the source and original teachers of the form. Students will learn the foundation and feeling of the movements as well as cultural and historical context while sharing in the joy of the enlivening rhythms of Guinea.