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Nyamaguè, l’ambiance à l’Africaine !

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Created in 2003 on the initiative of 5 friends including Chloé Vulliez and Eléonore Laveau who are still members, the Nyamaguè association makes African dance its main activity. Marie Jaillet, president since June 2018, talks about it in this relaxed interview. Epiphane AMANFO: What does the name of your association - Nyamaguè - refer to and can you tell us about its history? Marie JAILLET: This name comes from a Burkinabé dialect which means atmosphere. Originally, there were 5 friends who were passionate about dance, who, after the closure of their association in Marin - near Evian - wanted to continue their adventure by creating their own. At the time they were accompanied by dancers and percussionists from Burkina Faso, hence the choice of Nyamaguè. Among the plethora of dances, why especially African dance? This happened naturally for the band of 5 who had been doing African dance for a long time. However, there was the choice to go cut-shifted because it is relatively accessible, whether you are a beginner or seasoned dancer. It is also an interesting dance being the fusion of different rhythms, both traditional and contemporary, like hip-hop and ragga. So it gives a hyper dynamic choreographic mix that does not necessarily require an extremely demanding level. What are your main activities focused on? During the year, we mainly offer cut-offset lessons on Wednesday evenings with Eléonore our teacher. There are also 3 internships per year. This
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