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Wanda and Ron Cousar

Wanda and Ron Cousar

Ron Cousar has played R&B, blues, and jazz for many years. In addition to studio work with Savoy Records, he has played with bands in New York, New Jersey, Chicago, Baltimore, and now Colorado Springs. He has dedicated his talents to West African Percussions, playing blues, R&B, funk and jazz. His influences include Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Robert Johnson, and a host of other artists.

Dr. Wanda Tisby-Cousar storytelling and dance to coach innovation and artistic ability. Sande Leadership, a model Dr. Wanda developed, is based on ancestral lineage to the Mende of Sierra Leone, West Africa. Tisby-Cousar has studied tap, ballet, and interpretive dance since the age of four with Sydney King School of Dance and performed with Afi West African Dance Ensemble in Colorado.

Our performances include options of West African Dance and Percussion or Tap Dance and Jazz. Each are adapted to 1 hour performances and engage communities in the historical transition from traditional to contemporary West African Dance or Classical Tap Dance combinations performed in the Hoof Style and accompanied by guitar that demonstrates the innovation of rhythms in a variety of styles and accompaniment that has engaged audiences of various age groups, cultures, and intellectual and physical challenges. We have developed unique styles from childhood to adulthood as life long performing and teaching artists.

Curbside Culture is a new program that brings the performing arts out into the community by facilitating small-scale live performances, in appropriately social-distanced circumstances, outside of private residences, places of business, and other gathering spots. Download the program flyer.

A program of the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region, Curbside Culture offers community members an enjoyable arts experience, and a meaningful way to support local performing artists during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a Curbside Culture host site, you will be responsible for (1) providing electricity by running an extension cord to the street or performance location, and (2) gathering a small audience to enjoy the performance (please follow current social distancing guidelines). Pricing and performance options are listed below, and all financial transactions should be conducted directly with the performer, in a mutually convenient manner.

  • 30 minute set of West African Dance & Percussion, or Tap Dance & Jazz: $80
  • 60 minute set of West African Dance & Percussion, or Tap Dance & Jazz: $150

Email Wanda to SCHEDULE A PERFORMANCE

 

All Curbside Culture performing artists operate as Independent Contractors, and the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region is not responsible for their actions or the content of their performance. Curbside Culture performing artists, host sites, and audience members are encouraged to follow all State, county and local protocols for mitigating the spread of the COVID-19 virus. If the performance site becomes unsafe at any time, performing artists reserve the right to leave immediately–without any obligation to reschedule or provide a refund. By scheduling a Curbside Culture performance, you are agreeing to these terms. For questions about Curbside Culture, please contact the performing artist directly, or email info@CulturalOffice.org.

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