Mahiri Fainke


Ase’ Dance: West African & Afro-Cuban Dance
Email Mahiri Fainke for more information about classes or call, (505) 545-4719

Originally from Philadelphia, PA, Mahiri grew up learning African and Afro-Cuban dancing and drumming. At about 2 years of age Mahiri had his first performance. Mahiri has studied with master dancers like Mouminatou Camara , Djenaba Sako, Youssouf Koumbassa, and Yalani Bangoura. He also has experience with ballet, tap, jazz, and Afro-Contemporary.

At 13 years of age, Mahiri is Maple Street’s youngest and most ambitious teacher, and will be starting 9th grade at PAPA, Albuquerque’s Public Academy for Performing Arts, in the fall of 2019. In reference to his new class, he says, “This class is for all levels. I want people to come support and have a good time and learn something new. Come out and help this kid get somewhere!”

…I couldn’t agree more!

Romy Keegan

Ballet-Afrique: Original, Exuberantly Graceful Contemporary Dance, & Adult Ballet Basics
Email Romy Keegan for information about classes or call (505) 366-4982
Romy Keegan Full Bio

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Owner and Director of Maple Street Dance Space, Romy Keegan's greatest joy is to introduce people of all ages and abilities to the healing, transformative power of Dance, and to "hold space" for emerging dancers to discover the strength, grace and confidence gained through it's practice and expression!

Ballet-Afrique: Exuberantly Graceful Contemporary Dance Fusion
After a lifetime of ballet training and over 25 years of African dance, I am especially thrilled to be following my own creative inspirations through the exploration and development of my own unique movement vocabulary, which I began in earnest in the autumn of 2012. Playfully blending the natural, organic movements of basic West African Dance with the most accessible elements of Ballet, Modern & Jazz, "Ballet-Afrique", is energetic and expressive, while also being both graceful and strong. Although it pulls from two beautiful and well established forms, it is designed to stand on it’s own, providing a meeting place for both established dancers, and those brand new to the practice.

Classical Ballet
As a compliment to Ballet-Afrique, or for its own strengthening and connecting value, I also teach beginning adult ballet - both community classes and private lessons. I specialize in the understanding and mindful application of mechanics, developing excellent technique, and practicing correct placement and alignment. These elements strengthen the body, contributing to good posture, flexibility, endurance, agility, and grace, allowing dancers of all ages to dance to their fullest, for as long as their hearts desire!

Private Lessons
$35 for a half an hour, $50 for an hour, includes tax.