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