Beginning African Dance 6 Week Course

Now what everyone has been waiting for, an African dance class geared totally toward beginning and emerging dancers!

Beginning African Dance 6 Week Course
Tuesdays, October 4, 11, 18, 25 and November 1 and 8
6:15-7:15 pm
Xcape Dance Academy
420 W.12th Ave
Eugene, OR 97401
(Cross street Lawrence in the Knights of Phythias Building)

$50 pre-paid for 6 week course-6 hours of instruction
*Early Bird Discount-$45 Pay by September 26
*Mail checks to WACAI postmarked by September 26!

Class benefits:

  • Improved flexibility, strength, and endurance
  • Ability to recognize the various dances, rhythm names, and cultural significance
  • Increased fluidity in executing movements and transitioning from one move to the next
  • A deeper sense of confidence and accomplishment dancing in the African dance form
  • Freedom to jump out in the solo circle and improvise
  • Ability to succeed in keeping up with other master dance classes

This class taught, by Andrea DiPalma Yansane with live drumming lead by Alseny Yansane, is designed to give you everything you need to learn to become confident and fluid in the African dance form. Class will begin with a dynamic warm up that will ease you into the dance movements gradually building upon the complexity of the moves as you get warmer focusing on building core strength, "head tail" connection, and other body awareness. Together we will continue to work the movements deeper adding layer by layer of movement nuances as you incorporate more and more of what you've learned.

You will learn about how intimately the dance movements are connected to the music, how to understand the poly-rhythmic dialog of the drums, where exactly to lock into the driving beat, and how the dances relate to West African culture. You will also experience a learning atmosphere that is open, encouraging, and supportive of all levels & experiences.

Watch a video of our Beginning African Dance Class below:

Quotes from students:

"African dance is a beautifully complex invitation to move your body and enliven your spirit. When I started taking classes with Alseny and Andrea at LCC, I had no experience with this form of Dance. It was fun and challenging to learn how to move my body in poly-rhythmic patterns and to express my spirit in the supportive environment that Alseny and Andrea strive to create. Every recognized form of Dance has its unique fundamentals and African Dance is no exception. Taking an African dance class that focuses on those fundamentals will be a basket of cultural enrichment. I recommend this class for anyone who wishes to improve their style as well as for beginners who want to get a great start. I recognize that I feel the best in my artistry when I am really utilizing the key components that create the foundations of this Dance form." Jillian S.

"I have always been intrigued by dance. I've many years of my life exploring many different styles of the art form. After taking my first class with Alseny and Andrea I was hooked. Their passion and dedication to sharing West African Drum and dance with others really shines in the classroom. They share their knowledge of the cultural significance as well as the importance of the relationship between drumming and dancing. They create a comfortable, fun, and inspirational learning environment for dancers of all levels. West African Dance has been a very positive influence on my life. I am truly blessed to have the opportunity to learn from Alseny and Andrea. I hope more people in this world discover the beauty and joy of West African dancing and drumming." Amanda B.