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Workshop Info




Open to All

Cultural Focus:



Participants to wear comfortable clothing, women in particular to bring a wrap.
Dancing barefoot!

About Workshop

We will be learning traditional sabar from Senegala . Sabar dance is accompanied by drumming with the same name. Traditional sabar (the event) takes the shape of a circle, drummers included and the backs of the participants; usually women, protect what happens in the circle from eyes that are not supposed to be part of the sabar.
The aim of the workshop is empower you so that by the end of the classes, you will feel confident to dance a solo in the sabar circle.

Aïda Diop

Traditional Sabar dance


Aïda Diop

Aida started dancing Sabar at a very young age. Together with other artists, they formed the group 'Jappo' meaning 'together' was in Ouakam.
From this group, Aida was scouted by Landing Mane who became her mentor and teacher in 1997. She added djembe dancing to her repitoir and went on to join Ballets Africain de Sanghoma leading to a tour with Daara-j in Senegal and abroad.

In 2009 Aida joined Bakalama de Thionkessyl and the opportunity to teach Sabar and Djembe dance at the American school at the U.S Embassy in Senegal.
In 2010 Aida moved to the UK working alongside Landing Mane, participating in various workshops, working at various festivals such as Womad and Drum camp with Ballet Nimba; whom she toured the UK with.
In addition, Aida has carried out workshops in various schools and venues and hold regular weekly classes.




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