Diadié Bathily has danced professionally for over 30 years and has performed professionally for Marie-Rose Guiraud’s Les Guirivoires, Adama Drame, Wara Danse (his company in the Ivory Coast), and Diadié Bathily Dance (in the United States). Bathily is an experienced teacher who specializes in traditional dances from Mali, the Ivory Coast, Senegal, and Ghana. Mr. Bathily immigrated to the United States in 1998 and has a strong personal and professional desire to share the beauty, culture and passion of West African dance with Americans, especially African Americans.He teaches and performs at the Center for Contemporary Arts in St. Louis and at local universities, colleges, and dance studios throughout the Midwest. Throughout the school year, Bathily gives workshops and demonstrations at local elementary and secondary public schools, at Washington University and at the University of Missouri in St. Louis. Bathily also choreographs original pieces for university and professional dance companies.
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