With Live Drumming. Learn Senegalese dance with Marie Basse Wiles, one of the first Senegalese dancers to teach West African dance in New York City. Marie Basse will take students of all levels through the rhythms and steps of the djembe styles from the Khasonke people of Senegal. Marie Basse joined the Ballet National of Senegal at the age of 12 and toured the world with the company, first performing in the U.S. with the Ballet National in 1971. Marie Basse is also the founder and artistic director of the Maimouna Keita School of African Dance, named in 1983 in honor of her grandmother.
Marie Basse-Wiles was born in Dakar, Senegal, West Africa and is the granddaughter of Bambara singer and dancer Maimouna Keita, Marie began her professional career at the age of 9, and began teaching at the age of 12 as a member of the Ballet National of Senegal. Her professional accomplishments include resident work with Kinne N’Diaye Rose, daughter of master drummer Dou Dou N’Diaye Rose, and Papa Dougoufana Traore, as well as renowned choreographers Mamadou N’Diaye, Demba Diallo, Oumy Sene, and Raymon Sylla. Her international touring experience includes performances with the Ballet National of Senegal and Koumpo Dance Company, under the direction of Ibrahima Camara. She has won numerous awards for her commitment to the community and accomplishments in dance. She has also created numerous ballets throughout her career, as well as a piece for The Center For Traditional Music and Dance “Bedenya 97” Festival that is archived at the New York Public Library’s Performing Arts Library.