Kotchegna Dance Company:
Vado Diamonde has danced since the age of four, mastering over sixty different regional dance and drumming traditions of his native Ivory Coast, as well as other nearby West African countries. While still a teenager he was recruited by the Ballet National de Cote d’Ivoire where he both performed and choreographed for over 15 years. He toured extensively with the ballet, performing throughout Africa, Asia, Europe and Australia.
In 1989 he established L’Ensemble Kotchegna D’Abidjan, which has resided in the United States as the Kotchegna Dance Company since 1994. He continues to strengthen his experience as a choreographer, artistic director, teacher and performer. Vado is also a master drum-maker.