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I like getting ready for my African dance class: Anytime I can wear a pair of bike shorts, my well-worn Lauryn Hill concert T-shirt, and a lapa—a traditional garment created from tying three yards of cotton fabric around my hips—I’m happy. But there’s also nothing I dislike more than waking up incredibly sore the morning after I’ve spent nearly two hours sweating and dancing to furious drumming. I don’t know where much-sought-after instructor Assane Konte of KanKouran gets his energy, but he manages to teach several classes a week and still run rehearsals and performances. This week, Konte will teach a master class as part of DanceAfrica D.C., a 14-year-old festival celebrating the art form. Konte’s lesson begins at 7 p.m. at Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. $10. (202) 269-1600. (Maori Karmael Holmes)