Ethiopian Shoulder Dancing Workshop with Mekbul Jemal Tahir


Saturday, February 13, 2021, 2:00pm to 3:00pm



Join us for an exhilarating interactive dance workshop introducing Ethiopian Shoulder Dancing (eskista) led by international choreographer, dancer, and teacher Mekbul Jemal Tahir. Come ready to learn and move! This one-hour workshop will feature different styles of eskista and Q&A. This event is organized by the GSAS World Music Collective in collaboration with the GSAS Student Center Music Fellows as part of the Black History Month program. RSVP:

For questions, please email If you would like to request accommodations or have questions, please contact the GSAS Student Center in advance of the event. artist bio: Mekbul Jemal Tahir is an international choreographer, dancer, and teacher. He is one of the founding members of Adugna Community Dance Theatre Company, which is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Since completing a five-year training program accredited by Middlesex University (UK) in 2001, he has been performing and teaching African contemporary dance, contact improvisation, and community dance and theatre in Ethiopia and abroad. Among others, his projects have included the 2005 Kin-Addis Project in the DRC, Ethiopia, and France, and the 2006 Can Do Can Dance Project in Hamburg, Germany. In 2007, he performed a lead role in As the Mother of a Brown Boy, which opened at Chickenshed Theatre Company in London and later traveled to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where it was nominated for two awards. Most recently, he was an invited participant in two international dance workshops at L’Ecole des Sables, Toubab Dialew, Senegal, under the direction of Germaine Acogny. He is also one of the the dancers who were selected to study Germaine Acogny’s dance and certified to teach her technique. Now a resident of Massachusetts, he divides his time between work with Adugna in Ethiopia and projects in Africa, Europe, and the United States.