My journey with West African dance
Dance has always been my greatest passion in life. On St. Lucia island, in the Caribbean, I discovered my natural gift and danced with the local population on festivities. Elders encouraged me to continue: “It is beautiful your dance, don`t stop!”
In my early twenties I discovered West African dancing when I received my elementary teaching diploma in Switzerland.
We were asked to create a choreography three minutes long for a dance. At that time, I have not been accompanied by live drumming. I used a CD by Touré Kunda from Senegal.
A few years later, a teacher for traditional West African dance and drum from Burkina Faso, his name was Daouda Coulibaly, moved to my hometown Lucerne, Switzerland. With him I got the chance to study dance and drum privately and in groups for over ten years.
In 2002, Sobonfu Somé from Burkina Faso became my spiritual teacher. In 2007, I decided to go on a trip with Sobonfu visiting her beautiful tribe, the Dagara people, which became the most important trip of my life. Communicating through movement, I have been studying for so many years, I realised in dancing with the local people in the village, that it is possible to become fluent in a non-verbal language.
Training / Credentials
|1985||Teacher’s Diploma, Teacher’s College Lucerne, Switzerland|
|1989 – 1991||Improvisational dance with elementary pupils, Switzerland|
|1991 – 1993||Vijaya Rao-Tönz (South India), Bharata Natyam, Classical Indian dance, Switzerland|
|1993 – 2002||West African dance and drum studies with Daouda Coulibaly, Burkina Faso-Switzerland|
Facilitator West African dance TEK/SVKT, Switzerland
|2000 - 2014||West African dance and drum instructor, Oregon|
|2005||German language project for African women, Caritas, Switzerland|
Expressive Arts and Body Mythology Certificate, Tamalpa Institute, Kentfield California
|2006||Reiki 1 and 2|
|2007||Experience with tribal dancing in Dagara village, Burkina Faso|
|2013||Collaborating project with Stephanie Bangoura, Germany, to support and integrate African dance art forms in the West|
|ab 2015||African Healing dance training with Farcia De’Toles-Medearis (Liberia), certified massage therapist, Nia instructor and African healing dance therapist.|