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Linsey M.

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

Rating: 5 stars  

Passionate, committed, serious... Balafon is poised to push African dance and drum in this region to the next level. Collaborating with local Senegalese-style and Congolese artists, and drawing from Mama Kadiatou's connection to the very best international artists, is creating an exciting African arts presence here in the 'Burgh.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Beyond learning dance technique, African languages, traditions and customs, African dance for me is simply rejuvenating--physically, mentally and spiritually. Being part of Balafon is helping me to get closer to 3 personal dreams: (1) To one day joyfully and fearlessly doundounba with the baddest dancers in Guinea, (2) to ensure that other young girls don't move away from Pgh before being exposed to this empowering artistic outlet, (3) to create a lasting community for my 2 year old to be a part of.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

We thank all the drummers that dedicate their time and energy to rehearsing and performing with Balafon. They provide the energy... and, hey, we'd love more! It would be great if Balafon could support a music section all the time.

Role:  Volunteer & I've trained, danced, provided volunteer business administration, and enjoyed Balafon for the past 5 years... and am seeing the company grow!.