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He theorized and codified African dance and defined an African dance vocabulary, using ten basic movements that are common to all African cultures.
In 1988, Unesco hired him as a consultant for research into dance in Africa through 1996.
From 1993-96 he trained dancers and choreographs during a 3-year tour in 20 African countries.
He is the founder and director of the Resources, Pedagogy and Research Centre for African Creation in Paris, France. He teaches African dance and conceives choreographic creations.
Tierou authored more than a dozen books, as well as articles and conferences on African dance and culture. His works were the first to propose a theory of African dance, with a Pan-African approach and a focus on dialogue between cultures.
- Alphonse Tierou, Dooplé, The Eternal Law of African Dance, Hardwood Academic Publishers, 1992
- Jean-Loup Amselle, “Franco-African Artistic and Cultural Cooperation” in Empire lost: France and its other worlds, edited by Elisabeth Mudimbe-Boyi, Lexington Books, 2009