Kutiro dance and music originates from the Jolla community of Casamance in the south of Senegal. Traditionally performed for special ceremonies with songs and clapping, this dance consists of a series of a sacred movements with rhythms that express the beating of the heart. The high-energy movements are rooted in the legs and core, but integrate the entire body.
Instructor Bio: Bakary Fall is a dancer and choreographer from Dakar, Senegal trained in traditional and contemporary West African, Capoeira and urban dances. He teaches African Dance, Sabar, Kutiro, Serer and AfroPop to all ages. Bakary launched his career at the Third World Festival of Black Arts, which was originally established by Leopold Sedar Senghor. Throughout Bakary’s career, he has studied under Germaine and Patrick Acogny, Joe Bou Sange, Idy Kante and Papa Sangone Vieira. His work has been featured in several documentaries and music videos, including works with Angelique Kidjo and Youssou N’dour. Bakary founded the annual Yoon ak Yeen festival in 2014 that is recognized throughout West Africa for uniting artists, experimenting with the fusion of contemporary and traditional dance. With his art, he has performed throughout Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Senegal and the United States.