LES BALLET AFRIK
In his new work in progress, Crossroads, Omari Mizrahi honors the obstacles one must face in life. The work will be built on the human experience of moving through life’s difficulties and aim to expose its vulnerabilities and fears. How will you judge us as we fearlessly let you in?
Ousmane Wiles (aka Omari Mizrahi), born in Senegal, began his training in West African dance at the age of 6. He then joined with his mother and father Marie Basse Wiles and Anthony Olukose Wiles, known masters in West African dance. Ousmane continued his training with his parent’s company, The Maimouna Ketia School of African Dance, as a member of the children’s company. Working with master African dancers, he developed the skills needed to teach the art of traditional African style dancing. He later became the assistant director of his mother’s company, and his work became widely viewed. Over the years, he began teaching in schools around New York City and performing with local African companies in New York and New Jersey.
He trained and fell in love with other styles such as hip hop, ballet, modern, pop, house and vogue. Ousmane has worked with many artists in and out of the US, such as Janet Jackson, Rashaad Newsome, Jidenna, John Legend, Wunmi, Ephrat Asherie Dance Company, Jennifer Hudson, and many more. He has developed his own name– “Omari Tipton” or “Omari Mizrahi.”
Ousmane is now working on creating his own style of dance that blends African, vogue and house as one. You can find him teaching in some of New York’s top dance studios such as Broadway Dance Center, Peridance, EXPG and, most recently, Brick House Dance Studio.
Photo by AJ Paris.
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