DjonibaDance Centre

Djoniba Dance Centre

The best Ethnic/African-based dance classes for adults and children with or without experience! African, Brazilian, Haitian, Carribean, Belly Dance, Mambo/Salsa, Capoeira, Dunham and more.

Since its inception in 1992, The Djoniba Dance & Drum Centre has strived to celebrate the global diversity and to bridge the gap between all ages, races and cultures through world dance and music.  Founded and directed by the internationally-acclaimed drummer, dancer, musical composer and choreographer, Djoniba Mouflet, the Centre is now partnered with Peridance Center in their state of the art building in Union-Square and offers an amazing variety of classes for the New York community.

Djoniba Dance & Drum Centre 18th St School

Hit by the economic crisis, after 15 years on 18th Street, DDDC closed its doors on December 2008 to form a new alliance with Peridance Capezio Center. Djoniba Mouflet and Igal Perry - a longtime visionary and ambassador of dance; founder and artistic director of Peridance Center, united forces to provide a huge array of dance and drum classes, including ethnic and African Dance classes, Ballet, Modern, Salsa, Hip-Hop, Martial Arts and much more, all under the same roof.

Djoniba Centre is one of New York City's largest minority-owned dance institutions, and has been the pioneer in promoting and developing ethnic & African-based dance and drum programs.  The Centre has some of the best master instructors, dancers and drummers in the U.S who make it easy for everyone to get the steps, lose weight, have fun and learn about different cultures to the sound of live music. Djoniba Centre is also home of an intensive curriculum of dance and music for children ages 4-16 years old.  In line with Djoniba Mouflet’s vision of bridging the economic gap, the center offer free dance & Drum classes for children from low-income families through a scholarship program.

DDDC has become a popular cultural and fitness HUB, featured in Mademoiselle, the New York Post, the New York Times, the Village Voice, AM New York and many more and has also been recognized by high-ranking city officials—including Mayor Bloomberg, the City Council and Manhattan Borough president Scott M. Stringer, as well as the NY state assembly Richard N. Godfrey—for its outstanding service to the NY community.

“The incredible accomplishments of Djoniba Dance and Drum Centre's first 15 years....”

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg
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"We honor Djoniba Dance & Drum Centre, Inc. an organization that has distinguished itself in service to the community,.. is worthy of the esteem of all New Yorkers”
Proclamation by The Council of the city of New York.
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“I applaud Djoniba Dance & Drum Centre for your strong commitment to the culture and community.”
Richard N. Godfrey / New York State assembly 
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About Djoniba Dance Centre

Djoniba Dance Centre @ Peridance Capezio Center 126 East 13th Street, New York NY 10003


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