NIA hosted African dance workshop



PHILIPSBURG – The National Institute of Arts (NIA), in collaboration with Dynamix Association led by Julien Seguret, hosted a dance workshop over the November 26-27 weekend with Mariam Traore, an African dancer and instructor from Burkina Faso, a French-speaking country that is located in West Africa.

Traore is currently on a tour through the Caribbean where she is conducting classes in the rhythm and dances of Burkina Faso to the Caribbean. She will spend a week in St. Maarten before going back to Guadalupe to continue with the tour, before returning to Africa for December 10. In addition to the weekend workshop, Traore and partner Fabian gave a master class to some 20 NIA students on Wednesday, November 30.

Traore, NIA and Dynamix Association collaborated on an all-day dance workshop that became a cultural exchange in dance and music, of two countries that are miles apart but similar in the spirit of dance. The local dancers kept in rhythm and step with Traore as she taught the energetic dance of her country. Musical accompaniment included various drums and a stringed instrument called the Kora.

NIA was proud to partner with Dynamic Association and a talented dancer like Traore, who impacted and inspired local dancers to become better at their craft. NIA plans to host more workshops with international artist in the future. The public is invited to follow NIA on Facebook and through press releases on 721news website.