Yahaya Kamate | West African Dance
My name is Yahaya Kamate and I am a dancer who became interested in traditional dance and drumming as a child in Côte d’Ivoire where I then, as a teenager, began formal training with my country’s national ballet. I have worked with several different companies, including: Fotemoban Dance Company, Djensia Group, Camodgen of N’guatta Dolikro, Dance Company of Cote d’Ivoire and Affoubenou Sakassou Dance Company of Senegal. For the past 11 years I have been the lead dancer and choreographer for several companies in the United States, including Kulu Mele Dance Company and The Seventh Principle. Additionally, I have taught dance with organizations such as Djoniba Dance & Drum Center, Mark Morris Dance Group, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and Harlem School of the Arts.
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