Sarah Lee Parker Mansare is a hot-blooded American who has found her soul in Guinea West Africa. Since her first visit to Senegal and Guinea in 2004, and during her subsequent 14 multi-month return visits, her whole life has become about building a two-way bridge of learning and understanding between Guinea and the west. Passionately seeking to level the playing field for Africans on the planet, she facilitates awareness and transformation through dance, music and cultural immersion.
During 15 trips to Africa, Sarah Lee has hosted hundreds of Americans, Canadians, Europeans, Chinese and Japanese participants of all ages as they discover the power and strength of Guinean Culture. She has studied with dozens of exceptional dancers, most notably Youssouf Koumbassa, Moustapha Bangoura, Alseny Bangoura, Mamadama Bangoura, Salia Camara and Aly Mara. She has trained with Wassa So, Ballet Matam and Ballet Djoliba. Sarah Lee is an accomplished dancer, teacher, and most notably a bold unabashed advocate for creating a world that works for everyone.
Sarah Lee graduated with honors and a degree in Exercise Science, Nutrition, and Health and Wellness from the University of Minnesota. She has been a member of the University of Minnesota Repertory and Hamanah Don Dance Companies, managed the Fitness Program at the West Seattle YMCA, and has spent many years as a Personal Trainer, working with people one on one to heal, expand and transform their physical capacities. While in Seattle, Sarah Lee performs with One World Dance & Drum & Kouyate Arts, and teaches at the UW Department of Dance, Velocity and Balance Dance Studios.