Aïda Diop

Aida Diop festival promo pictureAïda has an infectious energy with an enigmatic personality and freely shares her knowledge, skill and joviality without holding back.  Born in Ouakam village; home of the Lebou ethnic group of Senegal (the Lebou are mainly a fishing community speaking Wolof), Aida started dancing Sabar at a very young age.  Together with other artists, they formed the group ‘Jappo’ meaning ‘together’ in Ouakam.  From this group, Aïda was scouted by Landing Mane who became her mentor and teacher in 1997. She added djembe dancing to her repertoire and went on to join Ballet Africain de Sanghoma which led to a tour with Daara-j in Senegal and abroad.  In 2009 Aida joined Bakalama de Thionkessyl and had the opportunity to teach Sabar and Djembe dance at the American school at the U.S Embassy in Senegal.  In 2010 Aida moved to the UK working alongside Landing Mane, participating in various workshops. She worked at various festivals such as Womad and Drum camp with Ballet Nimba and now lives in Swansea.  Aïda has delivered workshops in various schools and venues and holds regular weekly classes in London.



Ballet Cymru meets Ballet Africains with this special Dathliad Cymru-Affrica 2023 festival commission bringing together Krystal Lowe (Wales based ballet and contemporary dance artist) and Aïda Diop (Senagalese traditional sabar dance specialist). We are very excited to see how this partnership develops by bringing Krystal and Aïda and their unique styles together in the same room!