Mixing It Up

Compagnie Accrorap/Kader Attou dancer Babacar “Bouba” Cissé began his UCSB Arts & Lectures sponsored classes in a friendly low-keyed manner teaching some hip-hop inflected movements that immediately entranced his pupils, first with students Santa Barbara High School and then with community dancers at the Santa Barbara Dance Network’s space. Fluid, elastic, some subltle, some more energetic, the moves come from some of the company’s genre-bending choreography which blends styles, aesthetics and varied music from around the world. All the participants had a lot of fun and even created their own dances using and expanding on the elements they learned from the personable and talented Mr. Cissé.