Daphne Asimakopoulou

choreographer, african dancer

I started dancing in the State School of Dance and music (piano) in the Athens Conservatory. In 1994 I received a Bachelor's degree (BA) in Music and Dance (Bryn Mawr College, USA) and in 1998 received a Master's degree (MA) in Dance and Choreography (Laban Center for Movement and Dance, London, UK).

I have traveled in Africa, USA and Europe, to study close to important teachers in African dance, singing and percussion (dundun and balafon):  with members of the 'Ballets Africains' like Youssouf Koumbassa in Guinea, Moise Kourouma  in Mali, Mbemba Bangoura, Mangue Sylla, Maguette Camara, Famoro Dioubate ,in the Alvin Ailey school in New York, in the Momboye Centre in Paris and in the Mama Africa festival in Italy.

I teach African dance, I choreograph, I dance and play music in performances since 2000. I am the founder of the dance group Anasa (2004) and co-founder of the Anasa Cultural Center (2012). In 2014 I started my training with France Schott Billmann in 'Primitive Expression' ( 'Expression Primitive'), a form of dance therapy.

I am a member of the artistic NorForSale network since May '15.

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