About Wontanara Drum & Dance
Who We Are
Wontanara Drum & Dance is a company and school of African dance and percussion based in Halifax, NS which was founded in 2008 by master dancer and choreographer from Guinea, Mohamed André Duranteau. This dynamic group specializes in teaching and sharing traditional languages, rhythms and songs from Guinea in West Africa. Wontanara, which means "we are united" in the Susu language of Guinea, is a true definition of the spirit of West African traditional music and dance culture and the driving force that makes Wontanara performances an unforgettable experience!
Wontanara percussion & dance burst onto Victoria's arts scene in British Columbia in the spring of 2008 with infectious enthusiasm as they spread their passion for West African arts and culture to a diverse audience in the arts. communities on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Since 2008, Wontanara has performed over 150 shows, events and festivals in the Pacific Northwest and has conducted countless dance classes at recreational centers, schools and special events from Victoria to Ottawa. in Montreal, Halifax and even Mexico.
In 2017 Wontanara's co-founders, Marielle and Mohamed, left the west coast for Montreal where they lived and continued their business until August 2018. Wontanara has since been established in Halifax, Nova Scotia since September 2018.
Wontanara prides itself in having the opportunity to positively impact adults, children, families, and senior citizens by providing quality classes and workshops that enhance education, health, and well-being. Through these artistic and educational outlets Wontanara is able to raise awareness of cultural diversity and acceptance, and build a strong community through sharing the traditional arts and culture of Guinea, West Africa.
Wontanara Drum & Dance is committed to honoring the cultural richness and diversity of West Africa through the dynamic presentation of traditional drum and dance performances. Wontanara educates, empowers and inspires its students and audiences with their passion and knowledge of this ancient yet youthful art form.