The mission of Balafon West African Dance Ensemble, Inc. is to provide an insightful, woman-centered perspective on West African tradition and culture as a source of healing and balance by providing quality education and entertainment to audiences of all nationalities and walks of life.

Welcome to Balafon West African Dance Ensemble

Current & Upcoming Events

Black River African Dance Festival

Save the date! The festival will take place on May 19, 20 & 21.

Community Classes and Master Classes

- coming soon - 

What does Balafon mean?

Balafon West African Dance Ensemble is named after the balafon, is an ancestor to instruments such as the marimba and xylophone. This traditional West African instrument has carried on the melody of the ancient Mali empire region of West Africa for over 700 years. With our dedicated to passing down rich cultural and musical traditions, we give honor to the rich musical legacy we’ve inherited. 

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