Omar Sene was born on July 14, 1984 in Dalifort Dakar Senegal. He comes from a family of ten children and they lost their father when he was two years old. He dropped out of school at an early age and went from one job to another for some time after this. From his early teens he was drawn to hanging out with local artists in his neighborhood, and it was then that he experienced his first steps of traditional dance, in 1998.
In 2001, he began to look for other dance techniques, with his brother (Papa Sy), founder of the Pasytef company and founding member of the 5th dimension company. During this time Omar worked in the traditional dance group, Kassu-may of Dalifort and his Pasytef company (currently Company Om'Art Scéne) became the first company and school of contemporary dance in the suburbs of Dakar. This school allows young people to learn the crafts of the performing arts. It was in this school that Omar experienced his first classes in dance, theatre, poetry, songs, rhythm, classical, modern and contemporary dance. In 2011, Papa Sy, gave him the management of the company and he became its choreographer.
Since 2004, Omar is a full member of the 5th Dimension company, under the direction of Jean Tamba, co-founder of the company. Despite his young age, he already participated in several choreographic creations in Senegal and abroad in many festivals.
In 2009 Omar worked at the Talibou Dabo Centre in Dakar, facilitating sessions for children living with mental illness. Through movement and rhythm, he explored other possibilities for expression with these groups. He also offers regular classes to young inmates at the Ford B prison in Dakar.
Omar is a founding member and teacher of the first dance academy in Senegal, Alvin Ailey, based at the Blaise Senghor Cultural Center. Today its mission is to train young people across Senegal and the world. He continues his research to deepen his own dance technique named Zagala, which is a spirit of life, a resistance to life. He is constantly learning to evolve and explore other choreographic techniques and dances, through Company Om'Art Scene.
Company Om'Art Scene at Dalifort Dance Festiaval