One World Arts Exchange is committed to building intercultural understanding through the medium of performing arts. Our primary focus is sharing the vibrant music and dance of West African cultures, with an emphasis on the rich heritage of the Republic of Guinea.

One World Arts Exchange was established in Connecticut in 1994. Abdoulaye Sylla became our Artistic Director. We were known for the exciting workshops, performances, and classes we sponsored throughout New England. We developed enduring partnerships with schools, cultural institutions, arts commissions, youth programs, churches, museums, and others. In 2009 we relocated to the Seattle area in the Pacific Northwest and we are happy to be establishing new partnerships here. One World Arts Exchange offers programs in the US and abroad, including Cultural Exchange Tours to Guinea.

Our Artistic Director and lead artist, Abdoulaye Sylla, has been certified as a master teaching artist by the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism and is now on the Washing State Art Commission’s Teaching Artist roster. He is a former member of Les Ballets Africains, Guinea’s national dance company. He has toured, taught and performed throughout the US and the world, and is now sharing his artistic gifts with those who live in the Northwest. Although he has moved to Seattle, Abdoulaye is still available for programs anywhere in the world. Since arriving in Seattle, Abdoulaye has co-created Message From Guinea, a group of gifted Guinean artists who play traditional music, sharing the rich cultural heritage of Guinea. He is certified in Zumba Dance and is available to teach Zumba as well as traditional African dance and drum.

For booking or other inquiries, contact us at: sylla@danceanddrum.com, 1-203-605-9226.

Current Seattle Community Class Schedule:

NEW Saturday Dance Class and Doundoun Dance (Sengbe Dance) Classes 

We have foun
d a lovely new                     studio with great parking in Seattle’s Central district.  All classes are drop-in and everyone is welcome. 

Saturday, 4:00-5:30 African Dance

Saturday 5:30-7:00 pm Doundoun Dance (Sengbe Dance)00-5:30 pm 

Seven Star Women‘s Kung Fu, 525 21st Ave (between Cherry and Jefferson), Seattle 98122

Classes are $15 each or take both on the same day for $25


Fremont classes December 12, 2013-April 12, 2014

Abdoulaye will be covering Sarah Lee’s Thursday night Fremont class while she is in Guinea. Classes are drop-in and are open to everyone, regardless of experience Level.

Thursdays, 7:30-9:00 pm     $15

Balance Studio (formerly Planet Earth Yoga) at 418 N. 35th St, Seattle.