Summer Instruction & Performances

After a full and expressive showing of the essence of Thiossane West African Dance Institute throughout our performing season, we are delighted to be  partners with the YMCA of Central Ohio by providing traditional dance instruction to 20 summer camp sites throughout Central Ohio. We will engage over 800 + campers through the authentic introduction to the richness of the African culture while developing social and personal development skills, June 5 – Aug 2, 2017

On June 17th, The Gammon House in Springfield Ohio will host its Juneteenth Celebration. We will close the festivities  at 4p in downtown Springfield. The event is free and open to the public.

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2013 Conference Schedule

If you love African Dance or want to learn more, from beginners to advance, you don’t want to miss Thiossane’s 2013 Conference. There’s something for everyone!


2013 Conference Schedule

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ujima • collective work & responsibility


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On May 17 & 18th, 2013, at 7:30pm, the Thiossane West African Dance Institute will once again present its annual concert ”Collective Work & Responsibility” to be held at the Lincoln Theater. Twenty two company members will perform in an enthralling exhibition of West African dance, music and culture, certain to entertain the entire family.

We invite you to support the development of our young people and the preservation of this art form through a contribution level of your choice:



Danny Glover

Thiossane Performs at CSCC with Danny Glover

In honor of Danny Glover’s humanitarian work in Africa, the Thiossane West African Dance Institute also performed at the CSCC Diversity Initiative “Voices of Change” MLK celebration January 15, 2013.

AAA Great Vacations Expo

AAA Great Vacations Expo


WHEN: January 20, 2013 @ 3:00 pm


WHERE: Veterans Memorial, 300 W. Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215


Lincoln Theatre Ballroom

Company Residency and Workshop

WHEN: March 14 – 17, 2013

WHERE: The Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long Street, Columbus, OH 43203

Open to the public

Denison University

Guest Artists at Denison University

WHEN: APRIL 25 & 26, 2013

WHERE: Denison University, Granville, OH

Fall Showcase

On November 16 & 17, the Lincoln Theatre will present a collection of “dance art” as it relates to social and cultural influences through the annual fall showcase that is held by the Thiossane West African Dance Institute. Under the skilled guidance of its Creative Director, Suzan Bradford Kounta, the fall showcase will adhere to the mission of the Institute by showcasing the signifance of this art form through a family friendly performance of the community outreach programs for children and adults Saturday, November 17 at 3:00 pm.

ART…SOCIAL Advocacy… CULTURAL Influences will encourage awareness, appreciation and dialogue in an interactive presentation that will also include new work of choreography by ONYX Dance Columbus. ONYX is an emerging, local dance company under the direction of Gamal Brown. Local thespians Sufiy James and Troy A. Harris will join the collaboration in their performance during the evening shows on November 16 & 17 at 7:30 pm.

The Institute has served the Columbus community in detailed African dance instruction and authentic presentations since 2000. Bradford has also quietly and effectively nurtured the presence of this art form in this city.

Matinee: November 17 at 3:00 pm – Children $7, Adults $10. Evening Performances: HS & College Students with ID/Seniors $10 Adults $15. Tickets available at CAPA Box Office, at the door and Ticketmaster. Click here to contact The Institute or call 614-252-7077 for details.

Fall Showcase Info

Springfield Culture Fest 2012

Springfield Culture Fest


City Hall Plaza

76 East High Street  Springfield, OH 45502

September 29th 2012 at 3:45p