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Path of Hope....

Marie Basse-Wiles and the late
Olukose Wiles founded Maimouna Keita School of African Dance, Inc., a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization serving the Tri-State area, in 1983.   

Named in honor of Marie's maternal grandmother, the Maimouna Keita School was organized to bring awareness to all who embrace and promote African Culture and History.   

Although  members of Maimouna Keita have achieved international recognition, the school remains dedicated to its original charter to "teach and present African culture to promote cultural enrichment and help bring about a greater understanding and appreciation of African culture."    Towards this end, the Maimouna Keita School offers, produces and presents innovative programming in music, dance, theater and the humanities that celebrate the broad range of cultural traditions within the entire African Diaspora.

Over 1000 students throughout the United States and abroad participate in school sponsored programs.   These students come from vast socio-economic backgrounds and encompass all age groups (pre-school to senior citizens).  Maimouna Keita programs fall into four areas: Humanities and Educational Programs; Cultural Exchange Programs; Community Outreach Programs; and Mainstage Performances.

The Maimouna Keita West African Dance Company is available for performances, demonstrations, weddings and other special events. Email or contact Marie Basse Wiles at (718) 455-7136 for booking information.

Maimouna Keita School of African Dance
586 Halsey Street, Brooklyn, NY 11233