Etienne Cakpo is director and lead choreographer of Gansango Dance Company. Cakpo is an award-winning professional dancer, choreographer and musician from Benin, West Africa. He teaches and performs traditional African dance from Benin as well as contemporary African dance styles and has been building his dance repertoire for over thirty years. Skilled in both traditional and modern dance styles, Cakpo lives to dance. He teaches African dance classes at Open Flight Studio in Seattle and performs locally, nationally, and internationally. Cakpo is the Kawasaki Guest Artist at the UW Department of Dance for the 2018-2019 school year.