“Dance til the stars come down from the rafters.” – W.H. Auden

Let us count the ways we do that together – AFRIQUE AYA and you.


Angelo offers drum and dance classes weekly, in Fayetteville and Eureka Springs.

Come find your fullest capacity to move body and soul, in this high-energy, grounding, and spirit-lifting work-out. Angelo is particularly gifted at responding to everybody’s needs, regardless of age, experience, or fitness. His classes are clear, understandable, and fun.

For more information on Fayetteville and Eureka Springs drum and dance classes, contact Jo Ann Kaminsky, 479.283.2449, kjo_ann [at] hotmail [dot] com


We provide raise-the-roof drumming, to accompany traditional dance from Côte d’Ivoire and West Africa. The artists in our troupe come from Northwest Arkansas – and Angelo can also call on friends and family worldwide, professional performers from Africa days. Angelo himself is a great theatrical presence, who’s created numerous stage productions on an operatic scale. For a taste of our performances, check out the Video button on this website. It links to hours of Angelo’s and company’s past creative extravaganzas, now posted on YouTube.

We’re available for public and private events, parties, weddings, benefits, and celebrations of all kinds. We’ve opened for Willie Nelson; we’ve performed at the Wal-Mart Shareholders Meeting, at the University of Arkansas, and, for many years, at First Night Fayetteville New Year’s celebrations; we’ve been a part of Washington Regional Medical Center’s Day of Dance for Health; we’ve joined seniors at Butterfield Trail Village in Fayetteville; and we’ve entertained at colleges and schools too numerous to count.

We’re proud to acknowledge funding support from the Arkansas Arts Council ARTS ON TOUR roster.
Please visit our page on the Arts Council website here.

For an explanation of the Arts on Tour funding process, please click here.

Contact: Anita Schnee, 479.587.0262, anitafay [at] gmail [dot] com


Photo by Amanda Adams

We bring into the classroom a live, dynamic, authentic experience of West African traditional village culture, through participatory demonstration and in performance. Students have fun – and they experience, physically, abstract concepts of directionality, numbers, patterning, and other basics of math and language thinking.


These are one-time visits to school stages and classrooms.


These are extended visits as artists-in-residence, in which our offerings are coordinated with existing curricula in arts and culture.

Northwest Arkansas Times

Posted: July 9, 2010

DANCE DIVERSITY- Kouakou “Angelo” Yao, right, a native of the Ivory Coast and member of the group Afrique Aya, leads Jose Vasquez, 16, of Rogers, left, and other students in the University of Arkansas’ Upward Bound Program in a traditional African dance during the program’s International Cuisine Festival on Thursday at the Arkansas Union on the university campus. The event provided students in the program with exposure to food and cultural details from countries around the world.

Photo by Andy Shupe

Again, we’re honored and pleased to receive support for our work in schools from the

Arkansas Arts Council ARTS IN EDUCATION programs.

Click HERE for overview of Arkansas Arts Council funding for schools.

Specifically for residencies click HERE

For mini-grants to cover a short residency click HERE

Contact: Anita Schnee, 479.587.0262, anitafay [at] gmail [dot] com


Credit: Photo by Rachel Birdsell, Fayetteville Free Weekly, 9/2/10

Playing in a community circle is a healing and energizing experience. Drum and dance circles have been working their magic for thousands of years, in communities around the world. Let us bring just enough order to chaos, for each person to contribute their percussive voice to a rousing rhythm orchestra.

Angelo and company lead a community drum- and dance-circle at Basin Park, downtown Eureka Springs, on the first Saturday evening of every month (weather permitting). Come! Or bring us home to your community, for this unique and empowering experience.

Contact: Anita Schnee