Beginning and Intermediate African Dance
This course provides an introduction to African dance technique rooted in both traditional and contemporary styles. Students will learn steps from numerous African dances that reflect cultural lifestyles of people of Africa and the African diaspora. Emphasis will be placed on style and increased sensitivity to music through intensive work with accompanying musicians. The course’s goals are to develop an awareness of African dance technique and styles; to learn steps from specific African and African rooted dances; to increase versatility; to increase listening skills by working with live music using signals instead of counting; to increase cardiovascular conditioning; and to increase cultural awareness and familiarity with specific non-western dance styles.