African Drumming & Dancing with Griffin Brady & Erico Ansuade


If you can walk, you can dance! with a pro percussionist & touring performer (SAAKUMU Dance Troupe, Mohamed Diaby and Manding Foli Kan Don, Brian Marsalis, DJ Logic), music educator (founder of Slyboots School of Music), and executive director of Bernard Woma Dagara Music Center USA.

Feel the ground below your feet. Hear live drumming echo in your heartbeat. Through guided movement and gestures, attendees will discover the power African dance has to communicate with the accompanying musicians, the audience, and the soul by focusing on traditional arrangements of dance pieces from West Africa that aim to educate and inspire . . . and get a great workout at the same time!

This weekly workshop is led by Griffin Brady and Eric Ansuade from Ghana, West Africa—the chief choreographer and star of the Slyboots Circus. A brilliant entertainer with extraordinary abilities and a passion for sharing his expertise with the world, Eric has performed all over the world as a dancer and an acrobat with a wide variety of groups, and has been a chief teaching artist of the Slyboots School since 2009.


This weekly workshop is currently conducted at The Juicery in Delaware Park (Nottingham at Meadow). In case of rain, join us instead at 700 Main Street, 6th Floor, Buffalo, NY 14202 (following CDC guidelines for safety.) You will sweat, laugh, and smile! Bring a water bottle—and an open mind.

  • Disinfected drums provided
  • Temperatures checked on arrival
  • Social distancing measures taken
  • Attendees are required to wear masks for the entire class time
  • Indoors in large space, with windows open and lots of fresh air

Ages & Skill Levels

  • This workshop is aimed at aspiring artists of all ages
  • All skill levels are welcome

Schedule & Price

  • Normally scheduled for every Tuesday from 6:00pm–8:00pm
  • The price is $25 per person
  • Each workshop is limited to 20 people

Check the calendar below for dates and availability. If there are no seats left for your desired date, feel free to contact me at slyboots@me.com to discuss alternate accommodations.

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About the Artist

Oswego native GRIFFIN BRADY is a pro percussionist & touring performer (SAAKUMU Dance Troupe, Mohamed Diaby and Manding Foli Kan Don, Brian Marsalis, DJ Logic), music educator (founder of Slyboots School of Music), and executive director of Bernard Woma Dagara Music Center USA. Pro music credentials include:

  • Master of Arts Degree in Ethnomusicology and Music Pedagogy from Goddard College
  • Founder, teacher, and performer at the Slyboots School of Music, Art & Dance
  • Executive Director of the Bernard Woma Dagara Music Center
  • Professional Touring and Session Performer since 2002
  • SLYFEST creator, organizer, producer, and performer (2005–2017)
  • Tour manager, bus driver, chief logistician and American ambassador with SAAKUMU Dance Troupe since 2008
  • Teaching artist at Young Audiences of WNY, Artpark and Aurora Waldorf School
  • Marching band drum-line instructor at Pioneer High School
  • Sound Engineer at Ripe Audio, Buffalo Ironworks, Larkin Square, Bidwell Park and Nietzsches
  • Featured articles published in Making Music and Percussive Notes
  • Featured speaker at TedX Conference
  • Commencement Speaker at Goddard College (2011)

Primary musical influences include Bernard Woma, SAAKUMU Dance Troupe, Edward Green, Jerome Balsab, Mohamed Diaby, Cyro Baptista, Billy Martin, Kay Stonefelt, John Bacon, Tiffany Nicely, Ringo Brill, Heather Sweeting, John Bletch, Kaki King, The Slip, JFJO, Arthur Lipner, Evelyn Glennie, Keiko Abe, Valerie Naranjo, Gary Burton, Glen Velez, Brian DeAngelo, Nii Tete Boye, Bernard Purdie, Mamady Keita, Giovanni Hidalgo, Zakir Hussain, Damone Jackson, Ravi Padmanabha, David Jonathan, Carl Flute Johnson, Deshawn Dray Jackson, Chris English, Josh English, Pete Rodriguez, Fela Kuti, Bob Marley, Phish, MMW, David King, The Bad Plus, Toubab Krewe, Consider the Source, Bela Fleck, Carter Beauford, John Scofield, Brad Mehldau, Steve Reich, Toots, Martin Sexton, Antibalas, Ghost Note, Mickey Hart Planet Drum, the Grateful Dead, Benny Greb, Buddy Rich, Alvin Jones, Max Roach, Adam Deich, Jojo Mayer, Tommy Igoe, John Bonham, Jeff Queen, Kodo, Smashing Pumpkins, Steve Gadd, Luis Conte, Shelia E, Ginger Baker, Terry Bozzio, Chad Wackerman, Weedie Braimah, Jean-Luc Ponty, The Beatles, The Meters, The Roots, Soulive, Edgar Meyer, Damien Rice, JJ Cale, Glen Hansard, Nick Drake, and YOU.
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