Welcome to the online home of the Congolese Dance & Drum Workshop, celebrating over 30 years of excellence in teaching Congolese performing arts in the San Francisco Bay area. On this website you will find a wealth of information about the traditional performing arts originating in the Congo basin. Our visionary instructors are some of the top Congolese dancers and drummers in the United States. We are headquartered in Oakland, CA at the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Performing Arts, a multi-story cultural center of music and dance dedicated to the memory of the founder of the Congolese Dance & Drum Workshop, Malonga Casquelourd. Our students range from casual first-time beginners to serious performing arts professionals; everyone is welcome, and all our classes are drop-in.
ONLINE REGISTRATION FOR CDDW MAUI OPENS SOON! Please be patient as we create a simple and functional registration interface so you can register securely. In the meantime, if you have questions about the camp, please call (510) 629-9FUA (9382).
Nice article in the San Francisco Chronicle: "Black Choreographers Festival: Tigner," San Francisco Chronicle, Thurs, Feb 7, 2013.
Updated class schedule! Please check out our 2013 schedule of Congolese dance and drum classes in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our classes are taught for a range of dance abilities and experience, starting relatively easy and working up. First-time students of African dance are welcome. No prior registration is required, and all classes are drop-in. SERIOUSLY LIVE DRUMMING! All of our dance classes are accompanied by a fiery drumline of Congolese ngoma drummers. Come feel the energy!
Video clip of Ndozi: Ancient Truths Revealed featuring Kiazi Malonga:
Video highlights from past workshops: