About the Artist

Gamal is a native of Columbus, Oh. His training and performance abilities have put him with the likes of Alfred Dove and the Dove Arts Project as well as the Thoissane West African Dance Company under the direction of Abdou and Suzan Kounta. Gamal took courses at Wright State University Dance Department and the Geraldine Schools of the Dance (Home of Dayton Contemporary Dance Company). He has toured West Africa to study Senegalese and West African dance under professional dance masters from the National Ballet du Senegal. His studies have also taken him to Washington, D.C., to develop his technique with Kankouran West African Dance Company under dance master and artistic director Assane Kounta and Dom Gueye. As he continued to adjoin to his education of movement, Gamal has studied with Mari Bass-Wiles, artistic director/founder of Maimouna Kieta School of West African Dance in Brooklyn, NY. He has sustained his absorption of dance by studying and performing under Jawole Willa Jo Zollar artistic director/founder of Urban Bush Women (Brooklyn, NY).