Abagail is a performer, choreographer, instructor, and educator of African based traditional and street dances. She specializes in Senegalese dance, Guinea Djembe dance, and a practice of Afro Fusion dance. She also studies a wide range of African and Diaspora genres, such as traditional and popular Congolese dance, Dancehall, Coupé Décalé, Afro House, House, Kuduro, traditional Shona dance of Zimbabwe, among other genres. Since 2004, she has traveled extensively throughout Guinea, Senegal, Ghana, and the Ivory Coast to study with renowned artists and ballet companies. She has been training in traditional and popular dances of the African diaspora since 1999, and continues to refine her craft with masters in African dance and music from around the world.
Abagail is an international performer and teaching artist. In 2017 she was a featured soloist dancer for world renowned African artist, Youssou N’Dour, at Bercy Arena in Paris, France. Currently, Abagail tours internationally with Italian pop star, Gala Rizatto, as a choreographer and principal dancer, performing at major venues and stadiums around Europe. In the United States, Abagail has performed solo dance work at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, and the Redcat/Disney Cal Arts Theater in Los Angeles. She has performed ensemble work at the San Francisco Yerba Buena Center, the Ford Theater, UCLA’s Fowler Museum, and the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, among other renowned venues.
As an educator and instructor, Abagail has taught master dance classes and residencies at the New York Film Academy in New York City, the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, Google headquarters in Mountain View, CA, the University of California Los Angeles, and Pomona College. In 2020, Abagail joined the dance faculty with AMDA College of the Performing Arts dance department, teaching such classes as World Dance: Global Perspectives, and Dance Theater Project in 2020 – 2021 school year.
In addition to choreography, performance, and education, Abagail is also a producer and creative director. She has directed full length dance productions for stage in San Francisco at CounterPulse and the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts in Oakland. She has experience choreographing for stage and camera, including music videos, commercials, and concert dance. Abagail was recruited by Hip Hop Films in 2018, a Canadian based BIPOC lead documentary production company, and is now a co-producer and a featured dancer in their upcoming dance documentary series, The Art of Dance, currently in production. Because of her African dance expertise, she is now spearheading their African dance episode on Senegalese Sabar, and is a consultant for the production which features dancers from around the globe. The documentary is scheduled to air on a major broadcast network worldwide.
Abagail is forever grateful to her teachers from whom she's developed her craft, and would like to acknowledge the strong influences of dance and music from Guinea, Congo, Zimbabwe, Senegal and Mali, that have informed her dance foundation.