West African Cultural Arts Institute's performance outreach group is an authentic performance troupe which presents the traditional cultural arts of Guinea through dynamic presentations!
Each performer has diverse professional training and performance backgrounds in drumming, dance, and song which greatly adds to their explosive, culturally rich performances.
Whether it’s the festive dance pieces or high energy percussion numbers, audiences of all ages and backgrounds will find themselves clapping their hands and jumping out of their seats due to the power of this evocative and inspiring art form.
If you are looking for an authentic representation of West Africa drum and dance to liven up your school, festival, party, or performance hall, please contact us.
Explore the magic of West African cultural arts through music and dance with West African Cultural Arts Institute’s performing artists and dynamic teachers Alseny Yansane and Andrea DiPalma Yansane.
Residencies and assemblies are carefully designed to educate, entertain, and inspire students while integrating academic themes, teaching creative thought processes and team building skills, promoting healthy lifestyles, and exposing participants to cultural diversity.
West African Cultural Arts partners with Lane Arts Council to bring these fantastic Arts Education Programs to schools in Lane County. To schedule School Programs in Lane County contact Lane Arts Council. To schedule School Programs outside of Lane County contact WACAI!
Enhance your children’s scholastic experience by enlivening the classroom with hands on learning taught by professional teaching artists who integrate classroom themes into their creative arts programs to reinforce academic concepts and excite learners! Residency programs are typically two to four weeks long and expose students to the joyful and passionate cultural arts of Guinea, West Africa through fun and interactive lessons in traditional and contemporary music and dance. Participants learn how to sing in the call and response style, dance energetic movements with group choreography, and play a variety of handmade traditional instruments including drums and shakers.
Let your spirit soar as Alseny Yansane, former artist with the world-renowned Ballets Africains, transports you to his native country of Guinea, West Africa through traditional music, dance, and song. Alseny Yansane is one of the most dynamic acts to be found on the cultural arts scene throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond since his arrival in February 2007. He is joined by artistic partner Andrea DiPalma Yansane who really helps bridge the cultural gap by sharing stories and cultural context learned on her seven-year stay in West Africa.
Together they offer exciting performances that dazzle audiences of all ages with powerful dance movements, melodious songs, exhilarating percussion music, and brilliant costumes. These energy infused performances inspire participants to express themselves creatively, push their physical limitations, take artistic risks, and open up to new cultural experiences. With an array of traditional instruments and dances from every geographical region in Guinea represented, spectators are given a unique opportunity to discover the richness and diversity of this art form.