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Florida African Dance Festival

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Review for Balafon West African Dance Ensemble Inc, Virginia Bch, VA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Balafon is consistent in providing high-quality performances and interactive educational workshops and classes, which have measurable outcomes of an increase in students’ (of all ages, abilities, and walks of life) knowledge, interest and ability to produce and express themselves through African culture. Kadiatou is a distinctively effective teacher, artist and performer. The success of Balafon’s educational programs have been directly related to the skill-set and abilities that Kadiatou encompasses as a talented artist and an exceptional teacher. Those skills and abilities include: an in-depth knowledge of traditional African culture; talent for engaging students and building repoire; successfully infusing personal experience and personality into presentations; a displayed and expressed passion for African culture, teaching and mentoring; proficiency in leading by example; adept at providing constructive encouragement and input; and setting clearly defined expectations while offering the necessary support for achievement.
Kadiatou’s commitment to her craft is evident in the quality and veracity of Balafon’s performances. Balafon dancers and drummers’ passion for art, culture and heritage all but consume an audience at any given presentation or performance.

Jevelle Robinson
Executive Director
Florida African Dance Festival
Tallahassee, FL

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For the past seven years, Kadiatou and Balafon dancers and drummers have been an integral part of helping make the festival a success. In addition to teaching master dance and drum classes, Kadiatou has conducted workshops and demonstrations at schools, community, and senior centers. These events have been an essential part of our pre-festival marketing; and have engaged and mobilized the community to support the festival.

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I would help this organization to raise money so that their dance festival, scheduled for Memorial Day weekend 2012 , can also be a success!

Role:  Client Served & Through our presentations of the annual Florida African Dance Festival in Tallahassee, Florida, we have had the distinct pleasure of working with Balafon West African Dance Ensemble, Inc. under the leadership of Kadiatou Conte-Forte, Artistic Director. .