In celebration of African American History Month, Chesapeake College and The Office of Student Life welcomes the Nazu African Dance Company to campus. Nazu African Dance Company is a Baltimore-based West African Dance & Drum ensemble under the Artistic Direction of Nai Zou Olivier. Nai Zou was born in Ivory Coast, Africa where he danced with the National Ballet of Ivory Coast until 1991. Nai Zou released a critically-acclaimed African Dance video in 1998 and traveled to Senegal, Mali, Canada, Burkina, Cameroon, Niger, Johannesburg, South Africa, Japan, France to promote his project. In addition, Nai Zou danced with the National Ballet of France and eventually came to the United States where he formed Nazu Dance Company. As the Artistic Director of Nazu Dance Company, Nai Zou Olivier uses traditional and contemporary forms of West African Dance & Drum as a vehicle for cultural expression and a medium for personal healing. Members of Nazu and Company represent a cross-section where experienced, professional dancers and drummers, join "beginners" in an effort share the cultural richness of West Africa and Ivory Coast.
Thursday, February 21st @ 1:00 pm