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Nazu African Dance Company to Perform


The Baltimore, Md.-based Nazu African Dance Company will offer traditional and contemporary forms of West African dance and drumming on Saturday, Feb. 23, at SUNY Cortland.

The dance and drumming ensemble, which uses its performances as a vehicle for cultural expression and a medium for personal healing, will begin at 7 p.m. in Old Main Brown Auditorium.

View a Nazu African Dance Company video on YouTube.

Three members of Nazu African Dance Company share a joyous dance.

Presented by the College’s Campus Artist and Lecture Series (CALS), admission to the performance is $3 for all students and free to all children 10 and under. General admission is $10 with a senior citizen discount price of $8 for individuals age 60 and older.

Tickets may be obtained through the Campus Activities and Corey Union Office, Room 406, or at the door one hour prior to the performance. All performances are general admission seating. For more information, call 607-753-5574.

Members of the Nazu African Dance Company represent a cross-section where experienced, professional dancers and drummers join “beginners” in an effort to share the cultural richness of West Africa and the Ivory Coast.

Nai Zou Olivier, Nazu’s company founder and artistic director, was born in Ivory Coast, Africa. Olivier danced with both the Ivory Coast and French National Ballets before coming to the United States. 

The event is supported by the Auxiliary Services Corporation and the Cortland College Foundation. For information about other CALS events, visit CALS online.