Afriky Lolo, founded and led by Diádié Bathily, is a West African dance non-profit corporation that is committed to bringing West African dance and culture to the St. Louis, Missouri, community through teaching and performing. Diádié Bathily formed Afriky Lolo in 2003, and became a tax-exempt, non-profit corporation in 2007. The Company has 75 dancers — ranging in age from 6 to over 60 and 8 drummers. Afriky Lolo, meaning African Star, performs traditional West African dance at community events throughout the year. The Company’s annual performance is its largest event.
Afriky Lolo performances are choreographed, staged, costumed and directed by Diádié Bathily. These performances reflect the rich culture of West Africa, and each dance performed by Afriky Lolo is enhanced by traditional West African costumes.
Afriky Lolo continues to grow its public recognition, its teaching opportunities and its performance opportunities.
Beyond the Circle dancers is a cultural exchange through Native American song and dance based out of Springfield MO. They represent the Navajo, Ottawa, Ojiwe, Apache, Lakota, and Cherokee tribes. They have performed and powwowed all over the United States sharing their heritage and culture through traditional song and dance.
Grupo Atlántico is an ensemble of folk dancers whose purpose is to share the rich tri-ethnic heritage (African, Indian and Spanish roots) of the Caribbean and coastal regions of Colombia, South America. Select from solo presentations, group performances or educational workshops. All these programs include examples of different music, rhythms and percussive instruments. The symbolism of costumes, dance steps and body movements are explained in cultural and ceremonial contexts, with the use of live music, posters, slides, and videotapes. These joyous, earthy dance traditions of Latin America offer exciting glimpses of authentic Colombian Carnival, Native American customs, African and Spanish artistic influences in the New World.
MADCO provides community inspired, innovative dance experiences through collaborations that provide a pathway for self- discovery, social connections and excellent entertainment for audience members, students, teachers, presenters and corporate clients. The company is proud to be the Professional Dance Company in Residence at the Touhill Performing Arts Center at the University of Missouri- St. Louis where it reaches 30,000 people annually. MADCO was described in International Dance Magazine as “an army of terrific dancers with high energy, flat- out physicality and exacting discipline, while never forgetting the entertainment value.” MADCO suggests pairing education & outreach programming with any performance to create a lasting impact on your community. You can find more information at www.madcodance.com.
Prasanna & Seema's group are specialized in Indian classical music and dance. We normally perform classical dances such as - Bharathanatyam (from South India), Kathak (from North India), Indian folk dances. Our music is a classical Indian music called Carnatic. We are also experimenting with Indian dance and music with western music to create the "Raga Experiment" and "Natya Experiment". Our main aim is to entertain and also educate.
A perennial favorite, St. Louis Irish Arts boasts award-winning step dancers, and traditional musicians, all committed to sharing their skills with students and audiences of all ages. They have produced Four CDs, featuring arrangements by master fiddler Niall Gannon and World Champion harpist Eileen Gannon who won the 2004 Irish World Cup Title. The company performs at festivals and teaches school workshops in tin whistle, Irish fiddle, bodhran, harp, and step dance. Select from a solo, small group, large group, or cross-cultural presentation. Master Irish accordionist, “We do what makes us happy and that is to play our music and do our dancing and pass on the tradition.”