Ghanaian popular dance is a contemporary dance genre that explores the aesthetic elements in the freestyle or street dances generated with hiplife music, mainly as a form of self-expression. Examples of Ghanaian and other African popular dances will be discussed, such as Azonto and Akayda (Ghana), Shorkie and Shaku Shaku (Nigeria), Gweta (Togo), Gwaragwara (South Africa), and more.
Students in this workshop will warm up with traditional Ghanaian games to create a sense of community, break inhibitions, and enhance enthusiasm. Next, they will receive instruction both in the cultural impact of these dance styles as well as specific choreography they can practice.
Note: No wine or refreshments will be offered at dance classes. Please make arrangements to eat before or after the class.
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