Workshops

Afrobeat

Afrobeat is a music and fusion dance style that has become popular also in Finnish clubs. The dance takes its inspiration from various African dance styles, like azonto from Ghana, zankudance from Nigeria and ndombolo from Congo. Many afrobeat moves have originated on the streets and cities of different African countries and have become famous internationally, for example, in France. In the workshop, you will learn the newest and coolest moves accompanied by the hottest afrobeat club
hits.

The workshop is taught by Santos P who originates from Angola and started dancing at the age of 8. Santos P masters many dance styles and he is a singer-song writer as well. Besides Finland, he has taught in France and Germany, too.

Twerking

Twerking originates from various African dances but it has evolved into its own dance style through Afro-American culture. As part of Afro-American culture, twerking is often seen in rap and hip-hop music videos. Twerking is a combination of accentuated hip movements, jiggling the bum and a powerful attitude. Twerking has been strongly influenced by other dance styles, like dancehall and reggaeton but today twerking is recognised as an independent dance style, or rather a way of moving. For the workshop, bring knee pads and comfortable clothes for dancing.

The workshop is taught by Sikujua Mponda who has danced her whole life and for the past 4 years has taught twerking and afrobeat, in particular. According to Sikujua, the best dance experience comes from letting yourself go, challenging yourself and going out from your comfort zone. Having a Tanzanian heritage and parents that teach dance, dance is a way of life for Sikujua. In her classes, she teaches also the cultural background and roots of each dance. Through her work, Sikujua hopes to strengthen the Finnish twerking scene.

Playing the kora

Kora is a West African string instrument that has a particularly beautiful sound. So beautiful that even the beginner’s playing is pleasing. It is no wonder that the sound of kora is said to have healing qualities. Playing the kora requires concentration, work for the brain as well as the fingers, and it brings joy and relaxes. Playing the kora is taught traditionally; instead of reading the notes, we learn by following the teacher’s example. If you’ve never tried playing the kora, now is a wonderful opportunity to start!

Welcome to refresh your skills or try something new! The workshop is taught by Cheick Cissokho, who is part of an ancient, internationally-renowned and esteemed kora-playing family from Senegal.

Waistline

In the waistline workshop, we will practise body control and twirling the hips to rhythmic music. You will learn to recognise and activate a movement that comes from the hip and pelvis. You will learn to use movements from your hips in different forms. You won’t need any previous dance experience; the class is open to everybody.

Marrabenta

Marrabenta is urban dance music from Mozambique. During the Portuguese colonial rule, marrabenta was banned and it became an instrument for taking a political stand. Inspiration often comes from Mozambican everyday experiences, love, social critique and notable events. In the class, you will learn the popular marrabenta moves including the typical hand and feet choreographies.

Both workshops are taught by Awa Sowe, who grew up in Mozambique and actively promotes twerking culture in Finland.

African singing

In the workshop, you will discover diverse ways to use your voice, awaken your ears to listen and learn some traditional songs from Benin and South Africa. The workshop is open to all voices, from beginners to more experienced musicians. A warm welcome!

The workshop is taught by Ayla Brinkmann, who has her family roots in South Africa. Ayla has many talents and she performs and teaches both singing and dancing.

Sabar

Sabar is a traditional music and dance style of the wolof people in Senegal and Gambia. Sabar is still performed in its traditional form but it has also influenced newer, more urban, music and dance styles. In its traditional form, sabar is a solo dance that is danced particularly by women of all ages, from young girls to grandmothers. In sabar, interaction between the drummers and dancers is essential, and hence the dance movements are usually big and strongly accentuated. Women’s style tends to be softer, whereas professional men dancers have developed sabar almost into acrobatics. In the workshop, the focus is on basic movements and the traditional dance style.

The workshop is taught by Elina Seye, who has danced sabar and other African dances for over 20 years. Elina is a researcher by profession, and currently studies Senegalese dance and music.

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