Willy Souly

West African Dance

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Willy Souly’s first Djanjoba dance circle in Burkina Faso did not involve a lot of dancing.
“Everyone was expecting me to move and, growing up shy, I froze for almost an entire minute,” Souly said. “I couldn’t move, so someone had to pick me up and take me out.”
But now, the UCLA dance professor is bringing the West African festival to Southern California for the first time ever. Souly’s Djanjoba will bring Los Angeles’ diverse cultural community together and help different cultural groups learn about West African culture.