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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Monday, repeating indefinitely
This African dance class in Bristol will introduce you to the complex rhythms and movements of African dance. You are taught how to become more aware of your body and how to move it different ways.
African dance leans away from the familiar and safer movements of some other dance forms, and challenges and delights both the student and the audience.
The techniques and shapes of the movements, the flow, the stance, the execution, the vitality and freedom, are unique, deeply earthy and extremely exciting to learn.
Knees are often bent, flexibility encouraged in the back, shoulders back, chest proud and a sense of power and composure is felt. But what propels African dance into a league of its own is its relationship to the drum.
The dancer is not restricted to set counts and the musicians are not following a musical score; A master drummer will often be completely in charge of the choreography, the dancer will not change her step unless instructed by the drummer, who can often play tricks by changing orders or shortening phrases in order to keep all dancers alert and on an exciting edge.
Prearranged movement sequences or figures may each be identified with a distinctive rhythmic pattern, so that changes in rhythm are automatically accompanied by changes in dance movement. There will be calls or linking phrases that will bring the dancer back to the starting point ready to execute the next figure.
In today’s digital and fast moving society, we believe that it is ever more vital to be offering these workshops that draw upon the ancient ways using real live instruments and not recorded music. It has been proven that original, pure and natural sound affects the body positively on a visceral level.
The drum is a powerful, unique form of communication that can change the way we see, feel and think. Drumming provides an authentic experience of unity and physiological synchronicity…
£6 students, £7 Concessions, £8 Waged