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, April 10, 17, 24 & May 1, 8, 15
6:15-7:15 pm
Xcape Dance Academy
420 W 12th Ave, Eugene, OR 
(Cross street Lawrence in the Knights of Phythias Building)

$60 Pre-paid 6 week course (6 hours of instruction)
*Early Bird Discount-$55 Register by March 16!
*Mail checks to WACAI's PO Box postmarked by March 16!!

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: