Cumbe and Darian Parker are excited to welcome Master Guinean teacher and dancer Youssouf Koumbassa. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn the fun, playful, and seductive dances of Guinea! Explore Yankadi — a slow and mellow (a time to check out your prospects) — and the Macru — fast and furious joyfully danced with the partner of your choosing.
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  • Youssouf Koumbassa

    Youssouf Koumbassa is a former artist of Ballet Djoliba, the National Ballet of Guinea. Born and raised in Guinea, West Africa, Youssouf began dancing at the age of six by studying and emulating the members of the National Ballet and leading dancers of many local and regional dance companies. Youssouf developed his talents as a dancer, musician and choreographer by studying under Sekouba Camara, the Artistic director of Ballet National Djoliba, and with Kemoko Sano, the acclaimed Artistic Director of Les Ballets Africains. In his 13 years with the Ballet National, Youssouf traveled extensively throughout West Africa, Japan, Bangladesh, India, Holland, Hungary, Russia, Korea, Libya, Saudi Arabia and the United States. Since moving to the United States 22 years ago, Youssouf has established himself as the pre-eminent teacher of dance from Guinea. He now travels throughout the world as a much sought after master teacher at dance conferences, workshops, camps and schools connecting with students who are appreciative of his mercurial energy and grace.
    In the 1990s, Youssouf formed Les Ballets Bagata, comprised of 60 dancers and drummers performing spectacular mélanges of traditional culture and dance theater. Children of Bagata, a company he formed later, consisted of 15 young dancers and musicians. Youssouf’s mission has been and continues to be sharing the rich and varied cultures of Guinea with audiences around the world. In his attempts to bring the energy, excitement and history of African dance to a wide audience, Youssouf is meticulous in acknowledging the source of this material and insists on a high level of understanding and respect for the form among his students. He travels to Guinea regularly, taking students on dance trips, then returns to the United States with the latest developments in contemporary dance. Learn more at www.westafricandance.com.