Dancing Across West Africa - 2013-03-28

The One World Library Project presents

Dancing Across West Africa 

with Ashley Bessette

Thursday, March 28th

7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Lawrence Memorial Library

North Street, Bristol

Please join us for an evening of dance and stories

Ashley Bessette grew up in New Haven and attended Mt. Abe. She began studying Guinean Dance at the age of 13 with Jeh Kulu Drum and Dance Theater. In 2000 she joined Global Village Project and traveled to Ghana where she fell in love with West African dance, music and culture. She's been dancing ever since. She danced with Bristol based group Sankofa performing Ghanaian traditional dances with students who had traveled to Ghana with Global Village Project. In 2004, she returned to Ghana. In 2006 and 2007 she lived and studied drum and

dance in Conakry, Guinea. She spent a few months in Senegal where she studied other forms of African Dance. Ashley continues to learn and study in Burlington with Sidiki Sylla of Guinea and Solo Sana of Mali.  Dance has been a foundation of Ashley's life for over 15 years. She has a wealth of experience and knowledge of West African traditional dance and culture. It is a passion she feels deep in her bones and steady in her feet. When she hears the music start, she can't help but dance!