Ayodele Drum & Dance

Zaouli/Footwork and Sorsone


Preston Bradley Hall

Two works dealing with coming of age and rites of passage by a company that offers a feminine perspective on the performance of diasporic African drum and dance.  

Production Credits


Zaouli: Diadie Bathily, Atito Gohi, T. Ayo Alston & Imania Detry

Footwork: Donnetta “Lil Bit” Jackson & Imania Detry



Zaouli: Traditional drumming

Footwork: PacMan Juke - Traxman, Holy Ghost - Jammin’ Gerald


Zaouli Costumes: Harry Detry & Imania Detry


About the Piece

Zaouli/Footwork. Zaouli is an Ivory Coast rhythm and mask dance. The Zaouli is called upon when the village is in danger, has questions, or is at a crossroads. Our piece is an excerpt from a full-length work, The Playground, which chronicles 5 children experiencing growth and maturity through trials and situations that arise when children play. The Zaouli assist the shy and emotional child in finding her way.  The Chicago Footwork Tradition has is rooted in Zaouli and we show that connection as well.

About the Artist

Website: ayodeledrumanddance.com

Social Media: 

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IG: @ayodeledrumdance

TW: @ayodeledrum


Artistic and Executive Director: T. Ayo Alston

Booking/Management: Mashaune Hardy / 773-242-9631


Ayodele Drum and Dance exists to foster community from a feminine perspective through the study and performance of diasporic African drum and dance. We offer African dance classes for youth, adults, and performances. Whether we’re teaching children, healing the community with classes, producing sold out concerts, studying with female Samba Masters in Brazil, Master Djembe and Dununfolas of West Africa or spreading our healing energy through performances; Ayodele Drum & Dance remains an unending circle firmly rooted in joy.