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Sidiki Conde in “You Don’t Need Feet to Dance”


And at this point, it is beginning to seem as if  Dallas based writer and director Alan Govenar spends his days in ceaseless search of “the most interesting people alive”… and with his latest film, “You don’t need feet to dance” it would seem that he has once more found a perfect story. The man in question? Sidiki Conde.

Hailing from the Kankan region of Guinea, which shares an eastern border with Côte d’Ivoire and Mali, Sidiki and his group, the Tokounou All-Abilities Dance and Music Ensemble, are a fairly traditional performance organization. But it would be remiss to call this group standard, for its lead singer truly springboards the group into non-traditional waters where perspective is shifted.

“You Don’t Need Feet to Dance” is a documentary film about Sidiki Conde who, at the age of fourteen, was overcome by polio. The disease took the proper functioning of both his legs. Yet Sidiki refused to relinquish social normality, learning to use his upper body to the point that he was able to perform the traditional coming of age dances with his peers.

At the Quad Cinema on 22 March, the breadth of Sidiki’s work in promoting respect for and reducing the social isolation of persons of limited functional physical capacity via music and dance will be made clear. As Sidiki claims “Dance is happiness,” and it is through music that community is developed around learning and healing.

Learn more about Sidiki Conde and the film HERE.

And check out the trailer!

Dance! Sidiki and Tokounou perform live in conjunction with the Center for Traditional Music and Dance!

  • Jacqui

    This film is a must see! I first met Mr. Sidiki Conde in a Guinea West African dance class in New York city a few years ago. His life continues to inspire me!

  • mam

    I would just add that Sidiki’s work with children is perhaps at its most profound working with children who are not just disabled but severely developmentally impaired. He is deeply empathic and can reach and inspire kids that don’t respond to anyone else. He should be working with children every single day and mentoring others to work with them.

  • Patti Edwards

    I agree with mam — Sidiki is magical with kids. Kids respond to him as to nobody else, even before they see the amazing feats he can perform, and even before they hear his music and learn from him to dance regardless of their abilities or limitations. Then it only gets better.