Cumbe is excited to welcome Master Guinean teacher and dancer Youssouf Koumbassa. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn the fun, playful and seductive dances of Guinea! Explore Yankadi — a slow and mellow social dance, an opportunity to choose your potential dance partners — and the Macru — a fast and furious but joyful dance with the partner of your choosing. Youssouf Koumbassa founded the dance companies Les Ballets Bagat and Children of Bagata, and performed internationally with the National Ballet of Guinea for 13 years. He is visiting NYC for a short time so catch him while you can!
Bio: Youssouf Koumbassa is a former artist of Ballet Djoliba, the National Ballet of Guinea. Born and raised in Guinea, Youssouf began dancing at the age of six by studying and emulating the members of the National Ballet and leading dancers of many local and regional dance companies. Youssouf developed his talents as a dancer, musician and choreographer by studying under Sekouba Camara, the Artistic director of Ballet National Djoliba. He has also worked with Kemoko Sano, the acclaimed Artistic Director of Les Ballets Africains.
In his 13 years with the Ballet National, Youssouf traveled extensively throughout West Africa, Japan, Bangladesh, India, Holland, Hungary, Russia, Korea, Libya, Saudi Arabia and the United States. Since moving to the United States 22 years ago, Youssouf has established himself as the pre-eminent teacher of dance from Guinea. He now travels throughout the world as a much sought after master teacher at dance conferences, workshops, camps and schools connecting with students who are appreciative of his mercurial energy and grace.