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The dance center La Termitière (Termite Hill), in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (West Africa), has launched a campaign to fund 4 young Malian refugees so that they can integrate the dancers' training program at the center, called Yeleen Don.

The 4 dancers chosen for Yeleen Don dream of becoming professional dancers. By contributing to this fundrasing effort, you can help their dream become reality.


Amiri Ag Abdoulaye, born 01.01.2002 in Mali, says, "I love dancing, I feel alive when I dance".

Roukiatou Cissé, born 26.06.1998, says, "Ever since I was little, I wanted to be a dancer... My mother finally let me participate in the workshops offered by the Termitière when she saw what a difference they were making in the camp."

Seydou Ag Issiaka, born 01.01.2000 in Mali, says "Dancing gives love and work; I want to be like Salia (director of the Termitière)."

Mohamed Ag Nazim, born 01.01.1998 in Mali, says "Ever since the first workshop in the camp, I have dreamed of training at the Termitière to become a dancer."

La Termitière has been working for a number of years with groups of young refugees from the camps in the north of the country, including a program called "Out of Bounds". The adolescents and young adults with whom they have worked have been commited and eager to give meaning to their lives.

"He yearns to escape war. His best shot: Dancing to stardom", Washington Post, February 5, 2020

Yeleen Don
In Bambara, "Yeleen Don" means "to put onself into the light with dance". It is the name of the program initiated by La Termitière in 2009, primarily for youth in difficulty from disadvantaged neighborhoods.
It is a 3-year professional training program in dance, which addresses the meaning and substance of the art while preparing technically for a professional career. The program offers both practice and theory in dance and choreography. It allows the participants to discover their capacities and to build a career. The dancers who obtain the diploma may join a company, become teachers of dance and initiate projects in neighborhoods and schools.

The Center for Development of Choreography - La Termitière was founded by the Burkina Faso choreographers Salia Sanou and Seydou Boro, in 2006. The place ressembles a termite hill, which grows from the inside out thanks to hard-working, invisible efforts.

Founded to promote contemporary dance in Africa, it is dedicated to artistic residencies, professional training, cultural mediation, promoting touring and a dance festival called "Body Dialogues". The CDC - the Termitière is a pilot project in Africa, today considered one of the most dynamic artistic platforms on the continent.

The program Out of Bounds

Out of Bounds is the name of the program that uses dance and music as social mediation in the refugee camps in Niger and Burkina Faso to reduce ethnic conflicts and violence. The idea is also to provide a time of expression and understanding of differences, to create personal self-confidence and embody hope for the future in a safe space.

Out of Bounds is one of the actions taken by La Termitère and its partners and has become a reference in the field, capable of accompanying and reinforcing the resilence of populations in extreme difficulty.

The plan of Action :
Dance and Music workshops
Pedagogical workshops
Outreach in the community
Documenting; photographic exhibits

Previous Actions by the Termitière
Workshops in the refugee camp Saag-nionio, October 27 – December, 2014
Workshops in the refugee camp Mentao, June 15 – August 20, 2015
Professional Dance Training for 2 young adults from the camps, January 2015 – December 2017
Compilation of a Guide for Artistic Workshops in Refugee Camps, February 20 – March 1, 2017