Sekou Sylla

Visiting Artist in Dance
Specialization: 
African Dance, Drumming, and Choreography

Sekou Sylla is the Artistic Director of Bamidele Dancers and Drummers and master dancer & musician from Guinea, West Africa. Sylla was a principle dancer, acrobat and musician with Les Ballet Africains, the National Dance Company of the Republic of Guinea, West Africa, until relocating to Massachusetts in 1996.

For over 20 years he performed and taught first with Ballet Djoliba, then with Les Ballets Africains. Sylla has taught and performed all over the world including Africa, Australia, Europe, Spain, Korea, Finland, France, England, Mexico, Russia, China, Canada and North and South America. Since relocating to the USA, Sylla has taught African dance and music in Bahia, Brazil at the Universidade Federal da Bahia and at Male Du Bale. He completed a performing and teaching tour in Caguas, Guayama and Old San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2009.

Sylla has also taught dance at Greenfield Comm. College, Mt. Holyoke & Smith College and the University of Massachusetts; Skidmore College in Saratogoa Springs, NY; Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama; Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA and has acted in theatre at California Technical Institute in California. He has taught several times at the Bates College Dance Festival in Lewiston, Maine; has taught and performed for six years at Drika Overton's Percussive Dance Festival in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and is a teaching artist with the Sankofa Dance Project at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Mass. He has also performed and taught at various venues in the United States, Brazil and Puerto Rico.

Sekou personally received an outstanding review in the New York Times during his work with Les Ballet Africains. Along with English, Sylla is fluent in French and his tribal languages Sou Sou and Malinke. He has appeared on tv and in film, videos and has recorded tapes and CD's. Sekou Sylla is in demand as a master dancer, musician and choreographer.

Sekou received an award at the Festival of Arts and Culture in Boston in October 2013 For Outstanding Artistic Achievement in the Preservation of the Diverse Culture and Art Forms Reflective of the History & Lifestyles of African People In the Diaspora.