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Diamano Coura West African Dance Company

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World Arts West Programs
Bodeor
Dan, Vai, and Yan Maskss
Disciplines
Liberian Dance
Masked Dances of Liberia
Instruments Used
Djembe
Diamano Coura West African Dance Company is a non-profit cultural organization dedicated to the preservation and education of traditional West African music, dance, theater, and culture. Since its inception, Diamono Coura has implemented its mission through on-going workshops, youth programs, lecture demonstrations, community outreach projects, and creative partnership programs with renowned artist and performing companies such as the Alvin Ailey Dance Company, San Francisco Ballet, Les Ballets Africaines, and Dimensions Dance Company.

Diamano Coura offers a variety of on-going cultural classes, workshops, private consulting and community services throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. The company offers free weekly classes in drumming for women along with a work-study program that allows numerous teens, low-income adults and college students to participate in classes, workshops and attend performances free of charge.

 Artistic Director Naomi Diouf, an expert in West African dance, has assisted and choreographed works for numerous companies including San Diego Black Repertory Theater, the Dutch Theater Van Oosten in the Netherlands and Belgium, Dimensions Dance Theater in Oakland and Kankouran Dance Company in Washington, D.C. In 1998 and 1999 Naomi collaborated with the San Francisco Ballet in the premiere of Lambarena.

 Director Zak Diouf has combined a career as a choreographer and performer with teaching. He has researched African music, dance, and culture along with choreographing pieces for organizations such as African-American Dance Ensemble in New York, Dimensions Dance Theater, Harambe Dance Company, Phoenix and San Jose Symphonies. He holds a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from U.C. Berkeley.

 



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