Solo Sana

Solo Sana West African Dance

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Souleymane Solo Sana is an accomplished traditional dancer from Mali, West Africa. A principal member for one of the premiere companies of Mali, Ballet Du District de Bamako, he has proven himself as a leader among the artists. Solo's presence at local ceremonies and festivals is in high demand, performing with renown griots and musicians. He has also performed with internationally known artists such as Djeneba Seck and Oumou Sangare. With an extensive knowledge of traditional dances of the Mande culture he is has become a highly sought after instructor for private and group lessons. Solo has taught students from France, Italy, US, Japan, Germany, Switzerland, Morocco, and other countries of Africa. Most notable he has instructed internationally acclaimed dancers from the United States that include university instructors and Broadway performers. He is currently in the US performing, teaching workshops and leading school residencies for Jeh Kulu Dance in Drum Theater, at the University of Vermont as well as independently. In 2012 he was a featured Artist in Residence at UNC-Greensboro creating original choreography for Robin Gee's Sugarfoote Productions. Recently he has participated in a cultural exchange in Liberia working with local artists who are reviving their music and dance scene after more than a decade of struggle due to a 13 year civil war. He is looking forward to making his choreographic premiere in New York City in the Spring of 2014.

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