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Dance & Drum in Burkina Faso

MAY 18-JUNE 8, 2016


VIDEO FROM NOMAD EXPRESS FESTIVAL 2013: https://vimeo.com/105036168


Association Nomad Express, Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project, and DAFRA Drum Ensemble Present:


Ouagadougou Dance and Drum 2016

Dates: May 18-June 8, 2016


Open to Dance, Music, Art, Theatre, and Visual Art Design majors and minors as well as other students and community members who are interested in contemporary arts in West Africa.

Price $3000+flight

Non Refundable Deposit Due: March 3, 2014 ($500)


For more information:

Olivier Tarpaga and Esther Baker-Tarpaga Resident Directors:




Where is Burkina Faso?

Burkina Faso is a landlocked country in West Africa. Burkina Faso is an excellent example of the vibrant West African culture and is known for its music, drumming, art, and dance. Ouagadougou is the capital and the location of the program. Often nicknamed Ouaga by locals, the city has many parks, markets and cultural sites of interest such as the National Museum of Music.

Why should you study abroad in Burkina Faso?

This three-week program will allow students to work with teachers from different backgrounds in an exchange of styles, traditions and cultures. Students will train with established African traditional and contemporary choreographers, artists of the griot tradition, and live musicians. Students will be immersed in intercultural collaboration with African-based dancers and musicians. Local excursions to regional parks, a Batik making workshop, a leather-making village, and other visits are also included during the program. Breakfast, lunch, bottled water, local transportation, and lodging are included in program fee.  Students will each have their own room and shower. There will be a security guard and free Wi Fi at the residence.  The residence is located at an arts center where local and regional performing artists rehearse. Participants will have the opportunity to be in the opening ceremony performance during the Nomad Express International Multi-Arts Festival from June 4-8th, 2014.




The residence is located at an arts center where local and regional performing artists rehearse. Past instructors have included:

Lacina Coulibaly, Seydou Boro, Serge Somé, Irène Tassembedo, Ousseni Sako, Bienvenue Bazié, Adjaratou Ouédraogo, Fatimata Bila, Levy Kouama, Olivier Tarpaga, Esther Baker-Tarpaga, Wilfried Souly
Music: Flatie Dembélé, Dramane Diabate, Amadou Kienou, Mamadou Kienou, Omar Kienou, Sibema Konaté