Racines Festival

Cambridge, Massachusetts

October 21st & 22nd  2017



An Experience You Won't Forget!

A one-of-a-kind dance festival that explores the evolution of African Dance in the Americas. Racines Black Dance Festival brings together specialists from a wide range of styles to teach workshops in traditional and contemporary African-rooted dance. Come see how through perseverance, dance and music traveled from Africa through the stain of slavery and the plantations to the present day.

Experience workshops, presentations, history, music and culture this fall in Cambridge!

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Schedule of Events

& Show

For the Racines Black Dance Festival, we as the organizers reached out to the highest caliber of dancers found to bring a complete experience. We are bringing everything from West-African, Brazilian Orixa, Afro Haitian, Puerto-Rican, Bomba, to the early american dances up to house, breaking and hip hop. 

Then on the first night, join us for a show by all the artists and staff. A brief look into the culture. 


Breaking, in its most natural form


Dancing to funk at soul trian


tap dance


afro puerto-rican dance form, bomba


the early american dance of lindy hop



& Vendors

We couldn’t be more honored to host some of the most creative people to come out from all over. Below are just some of the artists and vendors that will be at our 2017 festival.

 See the full list under artists and vendors tab.

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khalid hill

a professional artist from Boston, MA who currently resides in Harlem. He has been training in tap dancing for 30 years and holds a Master’s Degree in Performing Arts Administration from NYU. As a professional Khalid has performed as a featured artist at colleges and theatres in 38 cities nationwide in the U.S. and in Canada. As a dance instructor and educator, he has...


moncell durden

a dance educator, choreographer, ethnographer, embodied historian and author who specializes in pedagogical practices that prove cultural and historical context in Afro-Diasporic social dance formations. A highly sought after instructor, Durden teaches practical and theoretical classes in the U.S. and abroad and is an expert in locking, house, hip-hop, authentic jazz, and party dances from 1900 to the present...

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Sidi Mohamed “Joh” Camara

popularly known as “Joh,” was born in Bamako, Mali in West Africa. Surrounded by great artists and musicians as a child, Joh started traditional dance and drumming at the age of five. On his father’s side, he comes from the Camara ancestry that ruled in Mande Society. However, he mastered the art of music and dance from his mother, Fanta Kamissoko, a well-known Jali. Jalis, also known as Griots, are highly venerated in their traditional society as skilled oral historians who are not only singers, storytellers, and musicians, but also advisors and mediators.

With his award-winning dance companies...


Yve's Kitchen

Yve's Kitchen is your neighborhood Catering Service, cooking all of your favorites with a hip new spin on traditional cuisine. Using fresh ingredients with a side of spice from our Caribbean background, we make real food for real people.




Dance Complex

The Dance Complex is a 25+ year old central hub of dance- locally, regionally, and nationally in the heart of Central Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts. It is home to a crossroads of diverse movers and dancers. A great location to host our festival this year. For accommodations, we suggest renting out through Airbnb, there are many within a few miles of the Dance Complex. Cambridge is within the Greater Boston area, very easy to navigate through and nowhere is more than a 30 minute drive. The Dance Complex also sits right outside a train station and bus stop. Feel free to book a room through Airbnb or Priceline for out of towners. Slots will fill up fast in this area, so make sure you'll never be far from the action.


Everything in the universe has rhythm. Everything dances.
— ~Maya Angelou