Afrisa with Abena is an upbeat dance series that introduces participants to modern west African music and dance called afrobeats. This class will also explore and incorporate movements from traditional Ghanaian dances for a more rooted understanding of the origins of the dance form.
– Knowledge of main rhythms of afrobeats
– Experience with foundational movements
– Learning of choreography
Flexibility, coordination, rhythm recognition, agility
Want to check out some afrobeats dancing? Here’s a video of Abena herself, we dare you to try to hold still!
Afrisa with Abena- Intro to Afrobeats
Date: Monday May 13 & June 10, 6:45-8:00
Where: She Thrives, 161 Front Street Belleville
Soul Investment: $30 + HST
Getting to know Abena:
“As a writer, dancer, and poet I seek to create works of art that are engaging (thought-provoking, relatable, touching) and that elevate.
When I dance, I feel honest, free, joyful and humble. Others have told me that they feel the same. This is what I mean by elevation and this is what motivates me.
I am motivated by my new friend- a visual and performance artist who was a dancer in her youth but now, in here fifties, feels like she hasn’t danced to her fullest potential. I’m also motivated by the desire to create a space for dance and cultural awareness for my three- year- old daughter who loves to dance. I seek to create spaces that foster expression, creativity and community- where old(er) and young can feel alive and in their element.”