With his usual exuberance, Senegalese born Caro Diallo captivates students and audience members with his uncompromising vitality, skillful finesse of numerous West African dance genres, and a unique style and grace that even the most enthusiastic ballet aficionado can appreciate. Witnesses to his classroom and on-stage elegance refer to Caro as “awe inspiring,” “captivating,” or simply “marvelous.”
Dancing, drumming and performing professionally for decades, Caro has taught and spotlighted stages throughout West Africa, the United States and Europe, including Switzerland, where he resides part-time. As artistic director and founder and for his West African dance company, Black Soofa, Mr. Diallo has spanned three continents, and continues to grow his stellar reputation – so much so that the Abene Festival in Vermont, generated spontaneously from his U.S. followers – eager to study with him a big closer to home.
Many of Caro’s supporters encountered Djembe, Sabar, Doundoun and Kutiro dance and drumming in Abene, a small village in the Casamance region of southern Senegal, where “Campement in Abene,” his popular dance camp, is located. Just a five-minute walk from a spectacular beach and bedecked with stylish huts and African cooks preparing delectable meals, this dance/drum camp attracts students, world wide. Flights are long but reasonable, and tuition/lodging is low-budget for any American traveler. Not to boast, but I am going to be on the first flight of the New Year, 2010. Hope to see you, there! For more info: www.carodiallo.com.
Photo by Zachary Stevens