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Friday, January 16, 2009

Djoniba Centre Temporary Location

Djoniba Centre Temporary Location!
Starting Monday January 5th 2009 Djoniba centre classes
will be held
at 305 West 38th Street & 8th Avenue. Our goal is to open
our home in March 2009
We need everyone's effort to continue help us fundraise and
bring back the Djoniba Centre magic!
The best way to support is by taking class!
"50,000 Humans donate $2" to Rebuild Djoniba Center
TAKE ACTION! E-mail and say to your friends the impact
Djoniba Centre had on you & the community.
Invite them to make a tax-deductible donation of $2 at
WWW.DJONIBA.COM YES, WE CAN! Peace & Blessings
Djoniba Mouflet Ps: please expose our story to politicians,
celebrities and the media (Press release, pictures, video
and other infos are available at Watch
Djoniba Centre featured on Chanel 11 News January 4th 2009
After 15 years of exceptional contributions to the New York
community Djoniba Dance & Drum Centre, closed its doors at
37 E 18 St on
December 31st 2008. Hit by the economic crisis --with fewer

students attending classes -- and a major rent increase,
had no other option but to shut down.
If you want to help, please do so by exposing our story to
celebrities and the media (Press release, pictures, video
and other info
is available at
You can also help by inviting your friends,co-workers and
to make a Tax-deductible contribution of $2 at to build
our new home.
With our friends and supporters, we are optimistic this
will make us grow better and stronger.
Peace & Blessings
Djoniba Mouflet
For: Djoniba Dance and Drum Centre
37 East 18th Street 7th Floor New York, NY
10003 Tel: 212 477-3464
Press Contact: Maia Claire Garrisson

December 19th, 2008
Djoniba Dance & Drum Centre, the legendary New YorkCity
dance school and not-for-profit organization, is closing
its doors on
December 31st 2008 after 15 years of "exceptional
contributions to our city",
(the council of NYC). Hit by the economic crisis -- with
fewer students
attending classes -- and a major rent increase, DDDC has no
other option
but to sadly shut down.
The immediate result would be 55 teachers and drummers
losing their jobs.
Hundreds of children from lower income families losing the
opportunity to
receive free dance scholarships, along with thousands of
adult students
losing their community workout, a place to release stress
and convene
"Since its establishment, Djoniba Dance & Drum Centre-one
of New York
City's largest minority-owned cultural centers- has
dedicated itself to
connecting men and women of all ages and ethnicities
through the arts.
In a letter of June 2007, Mayor Bloomberg wrote, "As we
look back on the
incredible accomplishments of DDDC's 15 years, we also look
forward to
Even greater achievements on the horizon."
"I am confident that the New York community and government
who understand the profound impact that our philosophy and
ethnic dance
taught in our institution has on so many lives, will rally
up and help us
continue our mission of providing health, fitness, and
harmony amongst
New Yorkers" says the founder Djoniba Mouflet.
DDDC needs funds for a new home and is urgently seeking
aid. You can
make donations on line at or by mail.
Contributions will
allow for construction, fundraising, architectural design,
web design,
building materials, office furniture and equipment,
Who knows how long this economic climate will last -but
what kind of city
will be left when it's over, if we allow our community
owned cultural institutions
to close?
About Djoniba Dance & Drum Centre
Since its inception in 1992, as a not-for-profit cultural
and charitable
organization, The Djoniba Dance and Drum Centre has strived
to celebrate
our global diversity through world dance and music and is
dedicated to
bridging the gap between all ages, ethnic groups,
and cultures through dance and music. The Centre is one of
New York
City's largest minority-owned dance studio, and the only
cultural center in the
world specializing in multi-ethnic dance and drum. The
Centre serves thousands of
adults and children annually, has a roster of 35 master
teachers dancers and
drummers, who teach more than 100 dance classes per week in
more than 30
different styles of movement and music from around the
Founded and directed by Djoniba Mouflet, the
drummer, dancer, teacher, performer and choreographer, the
houses three dance studios, a children's program and
an adult evening program. DDDC has become a popular
cultural and
fitness spot, attended by celebrities like Tyra Banks,
Julia Roberts, Brook
Shields and featured in several magazines, newspapers and
major TV shows.
Awarded "Best New York Dance School" several years in a row
by The
Village Voice, New York Magazine, New York Press and AM New
DDDC has also been recognized by city officials-including Mayor Bloomberg,
The City Council, Manhattan Borough president Scott M. Stringer, as well
as NY State Assembly N. Godfrey for its outstanding service to the NY community.
"I applaud Djoniba Dance & Drum Centre for your strong commitment to
the culture and community." Richard N. Godfrey / New York State Assembly
"It is the tradition and custom of the New York City Council to honor its most
distinguished citizens, and today we are pleased to recognize Djoniba Dance &
Drum Centre, Inc for its exceptional contributions to our City. Today, we honor
Djoniba Dance & Drum Centre, Inc an organization that has distinguished itself
in service to the community: is has enriched us with its presence and achievements
and is worthy of the esteem of all New Yorkers"
Proclamation by The Council of the City of New York.

1 comment:

Sobrina said...

I love Djoniba clasess. over the years I have personally took over twenty or so of my friends to his classes I was sadden to hear that the studio is no longer around.