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Orlando African Dance Explosion!
Experience the rhythm and vibe of Africa!
Barakissa Coulibaly is a West African dancer and choreographer from Abobo, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. She started her career in traditional African dance in 1990 with “Fotemogoban”. She continued her career with “Djolem” and performed in Switzerland, Greece, Spain, France, Germany, and many other countries!
In fall 2012, she traveled to the United States to choreograph and perform for the University of Florida’s (UF) “Agbedidi” annual show. Barakissa’s experience at UF inspired her to form her own dance company in Ivory Coast known as Compagnie Artistique Mouaye, in 2013.
Later in 2013, Barakissa returned to the United States to partake in Bates Dance Festival at Bates College and at the University of Florida as an artist-in-residence. Soon after, in 2013 Barakissa formed the philanthropy known as Petit Coeur d’Afrique, supporting the youth of Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
In Fall 2014 as well as Spring 2015 Barkissa served as a guest choreographer at the University of North Carolina Asheville’s and dance instructor with Studio Zahiya of Asheville, North Carolina. Additionally, in Asheville, she participated in Goombay Festival in 2015 and 2016, and Asheville Percussion Festival in 2016 and 2017. In 2016 and 2017, Barakissa also formed the
Festi- Dance Ivoire Annual Dance & Music Festival in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
February 2017, Barakissa served as a guest instructor at Houston Community College for the annual Akwaaba Dance And Drum festival and later in
August 2017 became a dance instructor For S-Connection Aerial Arts in Gainesville, FL where she currently Instructs weekly dance classes. Additionally,
In April 2018, Barakissa was invited to provide a presentation and interactive workshop, on West African Dance and Health, at the annual Integrative Medicine conference at the University of Florida.
“African dances are manifold; they depend on each of their countries of orientation. The gesture: a different way to express the rhythm of the music which is also essential to the meaning of many life lessons. Dance is an essential element of the African cultural heritage. It is the living expression of its philosophy and memory of its evolution.” – Barakissa Couliably