Dance Workshops - West African Djembe Dance
Dancer and teacher Aida Diop has an infectious energy with an enigmatic personality and freely shares her knowledge,skill and joviality without holding back.
Born in Ouakam village, home of the Lebou ethnic group of Senegal, she started dancing Sabar at a very young age, then added Djembe dancing to her repertoire and went on to join Ballets Africain de Sanghoma, leading to a tour with Daara-J in Senegal and abroad.
From this group, Aida was scouted by Landing Mane who became her mentor and teacher in 1997. In 2010 Aida moved to the UK working alongside Landing Mane and participating in various workshops, working at various festivals such as WOMAD, Tribes of Doris and Drum Camp with Ballet Nimba; whom she also toured with.
The Djembe drum is inextricably linked with singing and dancing. Various dances have different symbolic meanings, and are performed at important events such as festivals calling for rain or a good harvest, or at ceromonies likes births, weddings and funerals.
Aida is one of the leading West African dance teachers in the UK and will be accompanied by live drumming for her classes.