Maguette Camara – Musical Director – is a recognized West African choreographer, musician and teacher based in New York City.

Mr. Camara began his career with the Ballet Bougarabou Dance Company, and his extensive experience with this company allowed him to perform and present workshops in Morocco, Canada, Senegal and the United States.

He has performed in diverse and impressive venues including The Lincoln Center Outdoor Concert Series, The Guggenheim Museum, The Rolling Stones World Tour, Epcot Center Disney World and The World Trade Center Jazz festival.  As a faculty member at The Ailey School, Barnard College, Cathedral High School and Battery Park City Parks Conservancy, Maguette teaches both African dance and drum to all levels and all ages.

Mr. Camara is also the artistic director and founder of the group Mane Kadang, which is guaranteed to set any stage on fire.

Maguette Camara Jump!

Maguette Camara Jump!

West African Family Dance presented by Maguette Camara

West African Family Dance presented by Maguette Camara

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.

 

Dakota Holmes-Dodge has been dancing since the young age of 3 and has trained at Alvin Ailey School of Dance, Djoniba Dance Center, Batoto Yetu Dance Company and the Professional Performing Arts High School.
His acting training began age 7 with Biz Kidz where, at age 18, he is currently the assistant acting coach.
Dakota is currently a member of Batoto Yetu African Dance Company and Mikerline Haitian Dance Company. He is a former member of Kotchegna African Dance Company.
His talent has brought him around the world performing in China, Portugal, Spain, as well as here in the US in Colorado and Texas and at The United Nations, Carnegie Hall, Joyce Theater and Symphony Space.

Dakota Holmes-Dodge performing with the Maimouna Keita Dance Troupe

Dakota Holmes-Dodge performing with the Maimouna Keita Dance Troupe

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