The Sunugal Ballet
The Sunugal Ballet from Senegal is a group of dancers led by Coura
N'Diaye and Djibi Diop Faye, who grew up together in the city
of Dakar. Dancing and drumming for hours on end while young,
they received a more formal education from Mansa Gueye, director
of the National Ballet of Senegal. After arriving in the United
States, they formed the company in 1998 to promote and perform
Senegalese dance in the Bay Area. A small subset of Sunugal
Ballet performed in People Like Me 2002: Face to Face!
They have performed in numerous venues and festivals internationally,
including the 2001 San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, the
1999 Juneteenth Festival in Oakland, and the Santa Cruz Ethnic
Arts Showcase. They collaborated with other Senegalese performers
residing in the U.S., to produce the Keur Khaley Cultural Dance
Concert in Oakland, CA. in 2000 and 2001.