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Diamano Coura West African Dance Company

dance company

oakland, CA

STYLES
Traditional West African
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OUR STORY

Since its inception in 1975, Diamano Coura, under Director Dr. Zak Diouf and Artistic Director Naomi Washington, has implemented its mission through ongoing workshops, performances, youth programs, touring engagements, lecture demonstrations, community outreach, and creative partnership programs with renowned artists and performing companies. In addition, Diamano Coura strives to portray West African music and dance specifically as forms not simply for entertainment or exhibition, but rather, means by which communities educate, communicate, organize, and preserve their ancestral past. Diamano Coura, in the Senegalese Wolof language, means "those who bring the message." While the directors, Naomi and Zak, are respectively from Liberia and Senegal, Diamano Coura embodies an entourage of carefully trained male and female senior company dancers, actors, singers, acrobats, musicians, stiltwalkers, and visual artists from Mali, Senegal, Guinea, the Ivory Coast, Liberia, Gambia and the United States. Diamano Coura also embodies a junior company of 15 members and does outreach to over 500 youths between the ages five and seventeen within the San Francisco Bay Area. The Junior Company is a part of Diamano Coura's Youth and Arts-In-Education Program. Exemplifying the importance of the arts in education Diamano Coura's Junior and Senior Company have performed and made a strong impact on youths in the Los Angeles School District Young Audience Project, San Diego School District Artist-In-Residence Project, as well as countless young people in theSan Francisco Bay Area school districts. Diamano Coura has also performed extensively in major theater houses and universities in the United States, Canada, and Europe while also being invited to tour internationally.

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STYLES
Traditional West African
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CLASSES
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West African

About this class
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Classes are instructed by Diamano Coura's directors, company members, and sometimes special guests. Please visit our FB or IG pages for the latest class and workshop information. Class registration is required ahead of time at http://www.diamanocoura.org/classes.html.

saturday

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

All Levels

Malonga Casquelourd Center
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saturday

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

All Levels

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*Please confirm schedules with studio

COMMUNITY
Leadership

Dr. Zakariya Diouf

Founder, Executive Director

current

Naomi Diouf

Artistic Director

current

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Nikka Maynard

Assistant Artistic Director

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Members

Esaillama Artry-Diouf

Company Member

current

OUR STORY

Since its inception in 1975, Diamano Coura, under Director Dr. Zak Diouf and Artistic Director Naomi Washington, has implemented its mission through ongoing workshops, performances, youth programs, touring engagements, lecture demonstrations, community outreach, and creative partnership programs with renowned artists and performing companies. In addition, Diamano Coura strives to portray West African music and dance specifically as forms not simply for entertainment or exhibition, but rather, means by which communities educate, communicate, organize, and preserve their ancestral past. Diamano Coura, in the Senegalese Wolof language, means "those who bring the message." While the directors, Naomi and Zak, are respectively from Liberia and Senegal, Diamano Coura embodies an entourage of carefully trained male and female senior company dancers, actors, singers, acrobats, musicians, stiltwalkers, and visual artists from Mali, Senegal, Guinea, the Ivory Coast, Liberia, Gambia and the United States. Diamano Coura also embodies a junior company of 15 members and does outreach to over 500 youths between the ages five and seventeen within the San Francisco Bay Area. The Junior Company is a part of Diamano Coura's Youth and Arts-In-Education Program. Exemplifying the importance of the arts in education Diamano Coura's Junior and Senior Company have performed and made a strong impact on youths in the Los Angeles School District Young Audience Project, San Diego School District Artist-In-Residence Project, as well as countless young people in theSan Francisco Bay Area school districts. Diamano Coura has also performed extensively in major theater houses and universities in the United States, Canada, and Europe while also being invited to tour internationally.

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