Vozolo Dance Company (http://vozolo.weebly.com/) is a Las Vegas-based professional African Dance and African Drum troupe founded by Master Dancer and Choreographer, Atito Gohi. Atito, born Gouri Bi Gohi Johnson, is originally from Befla, a small village in the West African country of Ivory Coast. His family is Gouro, an ethnic group from Zionoufla. Atito's father, Gouri Henri, was a African dancer of Zaouli, the traditional mask dance of the Gouro people. His mother, Bertine Gohi, was a singer. Atito is one of fifteen children; their interests and careers ranging from the arts to law enforcement.
At age fourteen, Atito realized that he had a natural talent and love for African dance. His father, understanding his sons love for the arts, allowed him to pursue African dance full time. It was then that he formed an African dance troupe in Befla that performed throughout the villages.
As Atito became well known, particularly for his skill in dancing Zaouli, word of his ability reached a former dancer of the National Ballet, who encouraged him to audition for her dance company in Yamousoukro, the city of the President. After dancing with this group for three years, he was approached by the manager of the Nayai Club, a major African dance company in Abidjan, the country's capital. While dancing with the Nayai Club, he heard an announcement on the radio for auditions for the Ballet Nationale de C'ote d'Ivoire. He auditioned and joined the ballet shortly thereafter. It was with the National Ballet that Atito came to the United States to perform.
Since relocating to the United States in 1994, Atito continued his career in New York with the Mask Dance Company of the Ivory Coast. He has taught African Dance at Djoniba Dance and Drum Centre, St. Augustine School in the South Bronx, the Atlanta African Dance and Drum Festival and the Florida African Dance Festival. Atito has performed as an African dancer and musician at Disney World, The Guggenheim Museum, The Museum of Natural History, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Brooklyn Academy of Music, HBO, Henry Street Settlement and Summer Stage.
In 2016 Atito moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, and has performed at numerous events and venues throughout the Southern Nevada valley as well as Los Angeles, California. Through a Living Traditions Grant from the Nevada Arts Council and in conjunction with Nondi Wontonara, Atito shared the culture of the Ivory Coast and taught dances, respective songs and drum rhythms with dance students, dance instructors, drummers, and interested members of the Las Vegas community through weekly African dance workshops during the Fall/Winter of 2016. The project culminated in an African Drum and Dance performance for the community at Desert Harvest Mission Church, Las Vegas, some of which is captured in this video https://vimeo.com/196325319.
Atito is a periodic African Dance instructor at the West Las Vegas Arts Center and has his own African dance and African drum classes throughout the Las Vegas Valley. He also stays busy teaching and performing at conferences nationwide while devoting substantial portions of his attention to directing his African drum and African dance troupe, the Vozolo Dance Company. http://vozolo.weebly.com/