Come dance with the one and only Djeneba Sako from Mali, West Africa. Djeneba will share traditional and contemporary dances and choreography from Mali and get you moving!
About the Presenter
Born in Bamako, Mali, Djeneba Sako began her journey with dance and music at the young age of 5. She started dancing professionally at age 11 with the Bienal District Troupe. She danced with them for eight years, during which time they won the National biannual Dance Competition four times in a row. From there she went to the District of Bamako troupe, representing the city of Bamako, where she danced for eight years. With this group she traveled to Paris for the Paris International Dance Festival, which featured the best of ethnic dance from all over the world. She then joined the renowned traditional dance group Troupe Komi Djosse. The troupe disbanded after two years, after which she joined the Troupe Kantis featuring renowned djembefola Mamadou Kante. She has also worked with such artists as Djenebah Seck, Nanou Koul, Abdoulaye Diabate, Molubaly Traore, and Karim Coulibaly. Djeneba has also taught students who come to Mali from all over the world to learn with her. She is well known as one of the best dancers of traditional and modern Malian forms in Mali and the United States. She is one of only three Malian dance teachers here in the US, of which she is the only woman. Alongside her work at the University, she is often traveling and teaching at conferences around the states, sharing the culture of Mali through music, song, and dance.
27th annual Cherry Creek Diversity Conference, Denver, February 1, 2020
Students and adults
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