Photo by Anna Conn

Mali Dance 
with Souleymane Solo Sana 


Saturday, April 28 @ 11:00 AM-12:30 PM



Souleymane Solo Sana is an accomplished traditional dancer from Mali, West Africa. Dedicated to the preservation of traditonal dance, music and culture, Solo is committed to continuous research to maintain an accurate representation and disbursement of tradtional information, movement and rhythm.  A principal member for one of the premiere companies of Mali, Ballet Du District de Bamako, he has proven himself as a leader among the artists.  Solo’s presence at local ceremonies and festivals is in high demand, performing with renown griots and musicians.  He has performed with internationally known artists such as Djeneba Seck and Oumou Sangare.  With an extensive knowledge of traditional dances of the Mande culture he has become a highly sought after instructor for private and group lessons.  Solo has taught students from France, Italy, US, Japan, Germany, Switzerland, Morocco, and numerous African countries. Most notable he has instructed internationally acclaimed dancers from the United States that include university instructors and Broadway performers.   He is currently in the US performing, teaching workshops and leading school residencies for Jeh Kulu Dance and Drum Theater as well as independently.  His recent work includes dance instruction at the University of Vermont for the academic year, commissioned choreographer for Maimouna Keita African Dance company in New York, as well as being a featured Artist in Residence at UNC-Greensboro creating original choreography for Robin Gee’s Sugarfoote Productions.