Zab Maboungou, named «Pioneer» of African Dance in Canada, is an artist and a philosopher who is a leader in the field of both dance creation and dance teaching. She is the founder of Zab Maboungou/Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata (1986), a dance and music company that has been producing and creating Contemporary dance works for almost 30 years.
The choreographer is also a writer and lecturer. Her book, "Heya…Danse! Historique, poétique et didactique de la danse africaine" expresses her commitment to allying art and knowledge and vice-versa.
It has been said of her dance art that is enriched by the strength of her thinking and vision in the philosophical and cultural spheres in which she has become a recognised authority.
With this international reputation in arts, research and teaching, her work as a performer, writer and lecturer has made a significant contribution to theory and debates about art and cultural diversity. Her expertise is sought in many places: universities and dance teaching centres, as well as various institutions, in Africa, Canada, the US, Europe and Asia.