Class is Donation-Based!
Donate $10 or more and be entered in the raffle for
tee-shirts, bag, or free entry to class!
Consider giving to Thiossane West African Dance Institute during Columbus Foundation’s BIG GIVE this year!
Come dance with Thiossane Institute as we host 2 dance workshops with renowned Senegalese dancer Idy Ciss! Register here.
October 15th, 2-5 pm
Workshop 1 | 2:00pm
Workshop 2 | 3:30pm
1 hour workshop = $18 • 2 hour workshop = $30
Idy Ciss – Asst Artistic Director, MUNTU Dance Theatre of Chicago and renowned Senegalese dancer, instructor, choreographer will facilitate two styles of dance in a 2 workshop on Sunday, October 15 2p – 5p In addition, Thiossane will introduce Khady Badji, Member of the Bakalama Dance Company in Senegal West Africa. Accompanied by Medoune Yacine Gueye and Thiossane’s own drum orchestra.
We are so excited to begin our Fall series of Children’s classes! We have classes offered for children ages 3 to 16, so there is truly something for everyone!
We begin at 9:30 AM with class for ages 3 to 6;
follow-up at 10:30 AM with class for ages 7 to 10;
and finish up at 11:30 AM with class for ages 11 to 16.
You can register up to two weeks after the start date – Sept. 23! Register here
This eight-week session is a basic introduction to dance and music through age appropriate instruction and has proven to spark an interest in continued dance and music studies, as well as build brain power. This program has proven to build coordination, develop spatial awareness, improve self esteem and confidence and encourage physical fitness.
Read the latest interview with our founder and artistic director, Suzan Bradford Kounta here: https://citypulsecolumbus.com/suzan-bradford-kounta-brings-west-african-dance-central-ohio/
Interview by Jane D’Angelo, Executive Director of OhioDance
Suzan Bradford Kounta is a dancer, instructor and choreographer of traditional West African dance. She was an Adjunct Faculty member at Antioch College and Ohio State, and guest artist at Denison. She serves on the board of OhioDance, Ft. Hayes Advisory and the Near Eastside Roundtable. She is the first General Manager of the Lincoln Theater. Suzan is President of Thiossane Institute and Artistic Director of its West African Dance Company, since its inception in 2000 with her beloved husband, Abdou Kounta. Thiossane will perform a celebratory dance for the B.R.E.A.D. Festival of Arts and Community on Saturday, Oct. 21. They will provide instruction of authentic dance and music of West African Culture with audience participation.
Jane: Can you tell me something about the founding of Thiossane Institute?
Suzan: Thiossane was founded in 2000 with my husband Abdou Kounta. He was a master drummer with the National Ballet du Senegal in West Africa. My role was to teach the educational and cultural enhancement of the African Diaspora. Our focus in the beginning was children and youth development training in African dance and music. We branched out to the adult population because of the desire from the community. We later started a performing company.
Jane: How has Thiossane evolved over the years?
Suzan: We currently have an outreach program in schools, after school programs and area colleges. We perform in Columbus, surrounding communities and throughout Ohio. In May of 2017 we travelled to perform at the Alvin Ailey Dance Center in New York City. Our company currently has 16 members; six drummers and 10 dancers.
We offer adult classes for all people at all levels o dance and drum. Thiossane tailor made this class for beginners to seasoned dancers. Whatever reason you want to move this class is for YOU! Every Tuesday, Sept 19 – Nov 15, 2017, 630p-8p, Lincoln Theatre Ballroom.
Thiossane West African Dance Institute Upcoming Performance, Workshops & Classes
All classes are held at the historical Lincoln Theatre 769 East Long Street, Columbus, Ohio. Enter via RED DOORS. On line and on site registration is available.
Community Outreach Classes
- Children classes Ages 3-16 years, Saturday mornings Sept 23 – Nov 11, 2017
- Adult classes Every Tuesday beginning Sept 19, 630p – 8p
- Otterbein University Student Dance Workshop, September 22
- Soar on Saturdays at BalletMet, Sept 30 230p – 330p
- Springfield Cultural Arts Festival, Sept 23, 4p
- Capriccio Choir Collaboration, October 1, 4p
- YMCA/YUSA Conference, Oct 25, 530p Renaissance Hotel
- YMCA/YUSA Conference, Oct 26, 830p, TBA
- Annual Fall Showcase featuring Community Outreach and Collaboration programs, and new works of dance from TWADI, Nov 18, 630p, Lincoln Theatre