This is a selectionof photos from the Géwël Tradition Project Archives. Taken from many different events over several years (2004-2009) these photos provide a sense of the powerful beauty of the dance, the transcendant joy of the dancers, and the transformative experience of those who are watching it take place.

Abdoulaye Mbaye enjoying his dance.

Abdoulaye Mbaye enjoying his dance.

Aziz dances at Teroubi Beach

Aziz dances at Teroubi Beach

Dancer at sabar party in Dakar, Senegal.

Dancer at sabar party in Dakar.

Dancers at sabar party in Dakar, Senegal.

Dancers at sabar party in Dakar.

Dancer at sabar party in Dakar, senegal.

Dancer at sabar party in Dakar.

Dancer at sabar party in Dakar, Senegal.

Dancer at sabar party in Dakar.

Serer Dancers, Dakar, Senegal.

Serer Dancers, Dakar.

Dancer at sabar party in Dakar, Senegal.

Dancer at sabar party in Dakar.

Dancer at sabar party in Dakar, senegal.

Dancer at sabar party in Dakar.

Pa Seck Dancing in Boston, MA.

Pa Seck dancing in Boston.

Dancer at sabar party in Dakar, Senegal.

Dancer at sabar party in Dakar.

Dacer performing in Dakar, Senegal.

Dancer performing in Dakar.

Dancers at sabar party in Dakar, Senegal.

Dancers at sabar party in Dakar.

Dancers at sabar party in Dakar, Senega

Dancers at sabar party in Dakar.

Lila dances sabar in Boston, MA.

Lila dances sabar in Boston.

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