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

ujima • collective work & responsibility


Click here to view/print the full weekend schedule

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.

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