Best Find: Universal African Dance & Drum Ensemble

Posted: February 12, 2006

What it is: The Camden-based group will perform at 7 p.m. Friday at Buckingham Friends School in the first event of the Children's Cultural Center's Special Events Series for Families, which resumes after a six-year hiatus.

The first performance in the four-event series, which is aimed at families with young children, recognizes Black History Month. The Universal African Dance & Drum Ensemble is known for its electrifying shows, featuring stilt walkers, dancers, drummers, grand masquerades, and an acrobatic display.

The ensemble, founded by Robert and Wanda Dickerson in 1984, bills itself as one of the largest professional African dance and drum ensembles in the United States.

Where: Buckingham Friends School, 5684 York Rd. (Route 202), Lahaska.

Tickets: Adults, $10; children younger than 12 and seniors, $7. The Children's Cultural Center recommends buying tickets in advance. For tickets, call the center at 215-230-0160 or visit www.childrensculturalcenter.org.

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