Estelle Lavoie



Estelle has studied Guinean dance with Oumar N’Diaye since 1997. She is interested in West-African dance and has trained with teachers from African ballets during her numerous trips to Africa, Europe and the United States. She studied classical guitar at the Québec conservatory of music as well as kora with renowned masters in Senegal and Mali. She divides her time between musical composition, performance, and teaching dance.

Artistic Vision

I was trained in classical music before becoming interested in West-African dance and music, which called to me through their open forms, their structures and the positive energy that they evoke. I studied as faithfully as possible the traditional dances and rhythms and it is with great respect for these ancestral cultures that bring me so much that I allow myself to now make connections between the art forms that have nourished me along my artistic journey.