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Abdoulaye Sylla started his dancing career as a child in the West African nation of Guinea, recruited by the government to represent the country in dance competitions. He won numerous awards with his evocative moves and infectious smile, later going on to perform with Les Ballets Africains and train the dancers of folkloric troupe Les Merveilles D’Afrique. In 1994, he relocated to the United States, where he began to share his gifts through performance and teaching. At One World Arts Exchange, he helps students learn high-energy dance techniques with step-by-step instruction. Classes are often accompanied by live drumming and explanations of the dances' cultural meaning.