Come to move and be moved by the high energy and collective joy of West African-Inspired dance. Shake, leap and stretch! Learn some sweet new moves, sing some songs, lay down a new choreography, and surprise yourself and others on the dance floors later… This workshop is for anyone and everyone – if you can move, you can dance!
Come along to learn new moves and songs, accompanied by live drumming! We’ll begin with a thorough body warm-up, and we’ll talk briefly about the context and history of globalised West African dance. Repeating movements will help us to really get the “feel” of them in our own bodies, and we’ll provide some “African Dance 101” tips for people new to this dance form. We will also learn a choreography based on traditional West African dance and rhythm, which we hope to perform later as a “flash mob”! We’ll shake it loose with improvised solos, and then cool down to melodic live West African music. You will leave feeling energised and connected with the group, having exercised your body and your artistic expression!
Suitable for: all ages
Duration: 90 minutes
Presenter: Monica Evans
Monica has been studying African-inspired dance forms – especially West African – for the past ten years, and she has been sharing her knowledge for the past five years through her Community Dance organisation Nika Dance and her band Tamani. She works as a facilitator of creative youth development workshops for Auckland NGO Toi Ora Live Arts Trust. Monica is passionate about using creative, embodied practices to connect with ourselves and each other, and to find new ways of being in the world.