Teachers at the Old Town School

Idy Ciss

West African Dance

Idy Ciss comes to us from Senegal. He credits his grandparents with his natural dance ability. They were well known in their village for their dancing, and it was from them that he received this gift. From the time he was five years old, the people from his village loved to watch him dance. He was always called upon to perform for special occasions and ceremonies. He credits the love and support of his family and neighbors as the catalyst which led him to the field of professional dance. Idy is also a teacher and singer of traditional African songs. His professional debut was with Les Ballets Africans Kolaam Serere. He is also a former member of Ballets Africans. He has performed before presidents of several African countries and appeared on national television in Senegal. Idy is a full time member of Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago, offering his expertise as a consultant, choreographer, and principal dancer.

Started at the Old Town School in September of 1998


Group Classes for the session beginning 01/06/2020

West African Dance 1 with Idy Ciss · Joshua Guy

Dance to live drumming! Experience the spirit of Africa through movement and music. Learn traditional dances that celebrate momentous occasions or support the fundamentals of ceremony. In this high-energy class, your body will come alive and your heart will begin to beat to the rhythm of the drum.

$176 ($156 members)

01/07/2020 – 02/25/2020 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 5:00 PM – 6:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

West African Dance 3 with Idy Ciss · Joshua Guy

Dance to live drumming! Experience the spirit of Africa through movement and music. Learn traditional dances that celebrate momentous occasions or support the fundamentals of ceremony. In this high-energy class, your body will come alive and your heart will begin to beat to the rhythm of the drum. So, leap into action with Idy Ciss, one of the principle dancers and choreographers for Chicago's renowned Muntu Dance Company. Idy learned to dance at an early age from his grandparents on the West African Coast of Senegal.

$176 ($156 members)

01/07/2020 – 02/25/2020 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

West African Dance 1 with Idy Ciss · Joshua Guy

Dance to live drumming! Experience the spirit of Africa through movement and music. Learn traditional dances that celebrate momentous occasions or support the fundamentals of ceremony. In this high-energy class, your body will come alive and your heart will begin to beat to the rhythm of the drum.

$176 ($156 members)

01/07/2020 – 02/25/2020 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Youth West African Dance with Idy Ciss · Joshua Guy

for kids with birthdays between: 01/09/2007 and 01/09/2014

$184 ($164 members)

01/09/2020 – 02/27/2020 (8 meetings)

Thursdays · 4:45 PM – 5:45 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

West African Dance - Family with Idy Ciss · Joshua Guy

for kids with birthdays between: 02/12/2014 and 01/12/2018

$184 ($164 members)

01/12/2020 – 03/01/2020 (8 meetings)

Sundays · 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

West African Dance 1 with Idy Ciss · Joshua Guy

Dances from Senegal, Ivory Coast, Mali and more. Live drumming, too!

$176 ($156 members)

01/12/2020 – 03/01/2020 (8 meetings)

Sundays · 10:45 AM – 12:05 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

West African Dance 2 with Idy Ciss · Joshua Guy

Dances from Senegal, Ivory Coast, Mali and more. Live drumming, too!

$176 ($156 members)

01/12/2020 – 03/01/2020 (8 meetings)

Sundays · 12:15 PM – 1:35 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave