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July 5 @ 18:30 - July 7 @ 16:00
Coupé decalé is a club dance style from the Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire). It is danced to fast pop pieces with a distinctive bass rhythm. The dance style, as well as the music, started out in the night clubs of Abidjan ja it has been developed further also in Paris. You can find more information about the history of coupé décalé e.g. in Wikipedia. If you like afrobeats and ndombolo, you should definitely try coupé décalé!
We will have two kinds of classes, open and advanced level. The advanced level classes are not necessarily much more difficult than the open level classes, but in them we will during the three days (Thu, Fri, Sat) learn a choreography that we will perform on Saturday evening at Klubi, so you should take the advanced class on all three days to learn the whole choreography! Of course, you are not obliged to perform but can take the advanced class anyway. In the open level classes there will be a different choreography on all days, so you can choose one or more of them – or if you really want to dive deep into coupé décalé, you can take all five classes in the program!
NOTE! Due to unforeseen obstacles, the coupé décalé class on Thurday has been changed to a mbalax class, but hopefully we will have Papson in Tampere for Friday and Saturday… we are waiting for confirmation on Thursday.
In club dance classes it might be easier to dance with some light sneakers or dance shoes on, but bare feet works, too.
Coupé décalé will be taught by this year’s special guest, Papson Sylla, dancer, choreograph and singer, who is originally from the Ivory Coast, but now lives in Paris and teaches all over the world, especially in Europe. Papson has visited Finland already several times, teaching both traditional West African dances and coupé décalé, but this is his first visit to Tampere and Fest Afrika festival. He is also a recording artist and you can of course see lots of dance on his video clips… here’s a quite new one that gives hommage to Mali and Malians, and you can see some bits of coupé décalé in addition to more traditional styles of dancing:
Check the prices, instructions for signing up and other workshops on the workshop page!