Our Director   

Manimou Camara has a comprehensive knowledge of the traditional and contemporary performance arts of Guinea as both a musician and dancer. He has found that the music and dance of his culture can help people of all ethnicities transcend life's difficulties. People who watch, play and dance can find peace inside the music. He feels strongly that this music is not just for Guineans and wants to share it with the world. 

 

Manimou enjoys shaping people into formidable performers and is willing to invest in people as much as they are willing to invest in themselves and the community. Manimou loves the opportunity to go beyond the basics and teach some of his most dedicated students the intricate qualities of both the music and dance.

  Our Performers    

Manimou picks up the energy!
Manimou picks up the energy!

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Manimou Djembefola!
Manimou Djembefola!

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Manimou thanking the crowd
Manimou thanking the crowd

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Manimou picks up the energy!
Manimou picks up the energy!

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Sekou Fofana

Sekou Fofana

dance

dance

Rosaline loves the music and dance of her native Guinea-Conakry. She has been dancing since she was very little, learning from her grandmother and her father, Manimou Camara. Rosaline also love contemporary/modern dance and dances in Kentridge Chatelaines Dance Team. She has also danced with CLDE directed by Dani Tirrell, Dora Oliviera, Nicole Springer-Clarke, Sarah Lee Parker Mansare, Siya Manyakanyaka Sow , Etienne Cakpo as well as STG's DANCE THIS summer intensive.

Karim Camara

Karim Camara

Awal Alhassan

Awal Alhassan

Oumar Keita

Oumar Keita

N'nato Camara

N'nato Camara

Mamady Mansare

Mamady Mansare

Karim Koumbassa

Karim Koumbassa

Ousmane Sylla

Ousmane Sylla

Naby Camara

Naby Camara

Maxx Arnold - Dunduns

Maxx Arnold - Dunduns

Percussion has been a passion of Maxx Arnold's from an early age. "Some thing very true and personal happens when a drummer accompanies a dancer and it is one of the most amazing things I have ever seen. And being able to work with someone as diligent, hard working, energetic and thoughtful as Manimou and with such a fantastic group of people who I can almost call family, is a blessing in and of itself."

Syreeta Bernal - Dancer

Syreeta Bernal - Dancer

Syreeta finds healing in dance and music, it is her way of connecting with her ancestors and history. She has been blessed to dance with some amazing people. 2011 she began dancing Afro Brazilian/ Orisha with Dora Olivera, and also studied with Étienne Cakpo, in 2012 she joined a local Afro-Peruvian arts and education project De Cajon, and around the same time began dancing with Manimou Camara. She looks forward to even deeper, more life giving experiences in the future.

Jim Morford

Jim Morford