Grades: Intermediate and High School
Duration: 60-120 minutes
Traditional West African dance is a rich and expressive style steeped in history and culture. It is a joyous celebration of life that encompasses every aspect of the human experience, from birth to death. In this workshop, students will learn traditional West African dances primarily from Ghana and Guinea, two countries known for their vibrant dance traditions. The dances incorporate angular movements of the arms, legs, and torso, as well as shoulder and hip movement, scuffing, stamping, and hopping steps. One unique feature of this class is the opportunity to dance to live drumming, immersing students in the rhythms and energy of West African music. Don’t miss this chance to explore the rich cultural heritage of West African dance and expand your movement vocabulary.
- Gain insight into the rich cultural history and significance of West African dance
- Explore the different dances that represent various aspects of human life from birth to death
- Learn specific dance movements and techniques from Ghana and Guinea, including angular bending of arms, legs, and torso, shoulder and hip movement, scuffing, stamping, and hopping steps
- Experience dancing to live drums, which adds an exciting and authentic element to the class
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