Mariam Diakité

Ms. Diakité is a Malian dancer, singer, percussionist and an all-around extremely versatile artist. Uniquely interested in mining the depths of Mali’s cultural heritage, she is extremely in-demand within the Bamako (Capital of Mali) music scene for weddings, baptisms, and has been a member of an established and respected dance troupe in Bamako for a number of years. She has travelled extensively within her country and throughout West Africa representing Malian dance. Mariam is a passionate artist, motivated teacher, and has a special talent for conveying the complex and challenging subtleties of her dance style to her students in a way that makes the challenge fun, and rewarding. She opens minds, and pushes bodies to go beyond what is possible. Her classes are informative as well and filled will valuable stories that added context and culture to the dances and songs that she teaches. The grace and ease of her singing translates very seamlessly into guided instruction for the students. Aside from being a master at her twin trade of song and dance, Mariam is hard working, down to earth, fun, honest, amicable, easy going, and a pleasure to work with.