Giwayen Mata Classes

GIWAYEN MATA consists of 20 vibrant sistahs, who enjoy teaching. During class, several GIWAYEN MATA members are dressed to dance and help students learn. GIWAYEN MATA takes pride in offering an open class where dance enthusiasts can drop in, fit in, and get a great cardio aerobic workout. The classes cater to the needs of each student by grouping them according to ability and then adjusting the pace and technique for each group. Mamas, their babies, guys, and folk of all ages participate in this heterogeneous class.

Members of our local village, male and female community drummers attend GIWAYEN MATA’s weekly dance classes, using the classes as a place to gather, hone skills, trade hits, and share their knowledge of rhythmic, cultural and technical drumming experiences.

GIWAYEN MATA often brings master dancers who share a wealth of knowledge and stylized execution. We also share our dance floor by inviting community dance instructors who contribute a varied dynamic to the dance student’s experience. Enjoy African dance class with live drumming the GIWA way!

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are held weekly at:

*Dance Fight Play
749 Moreland Ave, SE
Suite C-201
Atlanta, GA 30316

3:00 – 4:30 pm

Mondays & Thursdays
6:30 – 7:30 pm

Regular Classes:
$12 – Adults per class
$10 – Seniors & Students $6 Children 10 years and under

Special Classes:
$15 – Adults per class

Pay for all classes at the door until further notice. Credit and debit cards accepted. 

are held at  DANCE FIGHT PLAY.
Get African Dance Classes at Dance Fight Play, 3 Days Per Week.


4-23-17 Class

April 23, 2017
Djenaba Sako teaches dance of Mali, West Africa

749 Moreland Avenue, SE; Atlanta, GA 30316


See 1st Look’s Ashley Roberts with the amazing
All-Sistah Dance Percussion and Vocal Ensemble, GIWAYEN MATA
on NBC TV, March 11, 2017!

What should you wear to class?

  • Comfortable top and or dance bra
  • Lapa, comfy skirt, or loose fitting pant (A lappa is a traditional African garment made of about two yards of fabric that wraps around the hips like a skirt. It is also called a wrapper. The traditional African wrap-skirt isn’t sewn. It is a large piece of fabric that is tied around the waist.
    (Size: 171cm (66″) x 104cm (40″) – but can be up to 4 meters in length)
  • Biker shorts to conceal undergarments
  • Bare feet


  • Loose fitting pant
  • Comfortable shirt
  • Bare feet