Lamine Thiam

Lamine is a world-renowned dancer, choreographer, drummer, actor and instructor. Lamine specializes in West African Dance from his native Senegal and neighboring countries, including rhythms such as Sabar, Djembe and Bougarrabou. He has graced the stage at venues worldwide including Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, The United Nations and Lincoln Center (NY), as well as theaters in Japan, Germany, London, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Lamine grew up in Dakar, where he studied traditional dance and percussion at the Conservatoire National du Sénégal and performed with the Songomar African Dance Company and Ballet Jo-kolly throughout the region. Lamine emigrated to New York City in 1993, where he taught at the Fareta School of Dance and Drum, the Djoniba Dance and Drum Centre and Jacob’s Pillow Dance School. In 1996, he formed his own Bousso Dance Company, which focused on preserving the dances of Senegal, Guinea, Mali and The Gambia, in the traditions of the Wolof, Bambara, Jola, Mandinke and Serer ethnic groups.

As a teacher, Lamine has challenged professional dancers and first-time students in classes and workshops across the United States and Mexico.