I was born in the village of Thionk Essyl in the southern Casamance region of Senegal, West Africa. I grew up there living a traditional Diola life, fishing in the river, growing rice, gathering fruit and wild food in the forest. Dance is a central part of my culture. Every major event in the lives of our people is celebrated with dance.
In early 2010 I began teaching weekly classes at the Casa Verde Common House near downtown Colorado Springs, and I offer monthly dance workshops at the Marmalade studio at the Smokebrush. I have performed at several events on the Colorado College campus, for the Imagination Celebration and the “What If” festival.
I love teaching African dance because it allows me to share the beauty of my culture with others.
Ellie began studying Qigong in 1993. She has studied on three different occasions in China and numerous teacher training retreats in the United States. She is a certified Wisdom Healing Qigong Instructor/Teacher. Ellie is a psychotherapist who has worked in private practice since 1993. She teaches Heart Centered Meditation and Wisdom Healing Qigong throughout the United States.
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