“I have been challenged in Simbo's class, but have never felt unwelcome, even when I didn't know the steps. The drumming is so infectious that I don't even realize that I'm sweating!”
“Simbo's dance classes are fantastic!! It is exercise that I look forward to, the live drumming is amazing.”
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From 1999-2006 Simbo was also the director and choreographer of Ballet Sourakhata de Guinee. Sourakhata has fifty dancers and drummers. In 2004 Sourakhata earned first place for dance in their first competition. The competition was sponsored by Les Hommes de Theatre de Guinee, their director Fanyi Toure presented the award. In 2005 Sourakhata participated in the first competition of ballets from throughout Guinea sponsored by the Alliance Guineenne pour le Developpement de la Danse et de la Percussion. Sourakhata placed second with thirty-six ballets competing! Through his work with Sourakhata, Simbo has trained many of the brightest young stars in Guninean dance today. As of 2006 Simbo has nine students dancing and drumming in Les Ballets Africains de Guinee and many others teaching throughout Europe.
Though he predominantly resides in the United States, he is continuing to train dancers in Guinea in his own troupe Ballet Simbo de Matam. This young company has 14 artists aged 3-11 years. Simbo’s students from Sourakhata are teaching these young dancers and drummers in his absence with direction from abroad.
Simbo is the founder, director and choreographer of a West African Dance and Drum company called Africa Djolie based in the USA. The company consists of artists from Guinea, Senegal and the United States.
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