Mory Traore is a passionate African Dance teacher, dancer, choreographer and percussionist. Born and raised as a performer in The Republic of Guinea, he is a custodian of the rich West African tradition of percussion and dance.
Mory spent 15 years intensively training and performing as a lead dancer of ballet Matam and also as a percussionist for the Matam percussion ensemble. He was trained under the renowned director and choreographer Mr Sekouba Camara (former artistic director of Ballet Djoliba and Ballets Africains). Ballet Matam is internationally renowned and has received many dance students from Europe, the Americas and Japan. He participated in a project run by The Gwanda Association of Marseille, co-coordinating a two week dance and cultural tour for seventeen French students travelling to Guinea.
In 2005 he travelled to Toulouse, France to run intensive workshops and performances at the multi-cultural festival "Toucouleur".
Since arriving to Australia in late 2006, Mory has quickly gained recognition as one of Australia's most talented West African dancers. He has worked extensively with African artists and groups around Australia including a nationwide tour in 2007 with Melbourne based artist Jali Buba Kuyateh and the group "Diyaa Looloo". He recently performed with the internationally acclaimed Kora player Toumani Diabate at the Sydney Opera House. Mory has also participated in several cross-cultural projects.
Mory is a passionate, patient and experienced teacher. Currently he teaches regular dance classes in Sydney and has run several intensive workshops around Sydney and Australia including visits to Melbourne, Newcastle, Peats Ridge festival and The Blue Mountains.