Youssouf Koumbassa shares his gift of West African dance with Bear River |

Youssouf Koumbassa shares his gift of West African dance with Bear River

Bear River High School was alive with the rhythms of West African drums March 20. Youssouf Koumbassa, a former artist of Ballet Djoliba, the National Ballet of Guinea, brought traditional West African dance to the students of Bear River.

Koumbassa taught a master class for Bear River’s two dance classes and anyone else who was interested.

The master class was a wonderful learning experience and a true pleasure for all who attended, according to Bear River dance teachers.

Along with sharing the energetic and celebratory movement of his country, he also educated the dancers about the culture of Guinea and the origins of each dance.

Through the dance, Koumbassa shares the connection all humans possess, the joy of movement and though we all move in diverse ways; it is the one thing that binds us together. It was evident in the joy and energy that permeated the McCrory Gym last week, teachers said. Bear River students were grateful to Youssouf Koumbassa for the invaluable gift he conveyed, they added.

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