- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 25, 2007

Whether you wish to honor the final week of Black History Month or are simply a fan of driving percussion and electrifying dance steps, tonight’s free performances at the National Theatre (1321 Pennsylvania Avenue NW) may pique your interest. In two shows at 6 and 7:30 p.m., Melvin Deal’s African Heritage Dancers & Drummers will demonstrate various West African dances (like the koukou, a Guinean celebration ritual) in traditional costumes. The troupe was founded in the 1960s to raise awareness of and preserve the culture of Africans living in the District. It has since dazzled local and international audiences. Tickets are required for this evening’s demonstrations and will be distributed a half hour prior to show time on a first-come, first-served basis. For more details, visit www.nationaltheatre.org or call 202/783-3372.

Jenny Mayo

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