4 Day Immersion Into West African Dance – Dates TBA
12 hours total / 3 hours per day
Each session includes a warm up, learning dance and song from Guinea/Mali and a cool down stretch. Beginners, as well as more experienced dancers are welcome!
Info @ fb: Daphne Assimakopoulou
Dance to live drums! Ground your body! Elevate your Spirit! Release tension and negative emotions! Experience joy, harmony and belonging! Connect with your Primitive Self! Connect with each other as members of a tribe! Let the power of the Drum heal you! All with this earthy, soulful, yet explosive dance inspired by traditions of West Africa.
Participants Can Experience:
- a pleasurable and complete bodily work out (work up a sweat!)
- a satisfying grounding sensation of the body through barefoot dancing
- an emotional release through undulating movements of spine (especially the sternum area where emotional blockages occur)
- a spiritual lift through the power of live drums
- a reconnection with primitive impulses and vital instincts
- a feeling of self transcendence through repetitive rhythmic movement
- a strengthened sense of community through group dancing
About The Teacher
Daphne is a dancer, dance teacher, choreographer and musician. She holds a Bachelor degree in Music and Dance (Bryn Mawr College, USA) and a Masters degree in Dance Studies and Choreography (Laban Center for Movement and Dance, UK.) Her passion for West African dance and music inspired her to travel to many places in Africa, USA and Europe to learn from masters in the field such as Youssouf Koumbassa, Moise Kourouma, Mbemba Bangoura, Djeneba Sako, Mangue Sylla and Maguette Camara at the Alvin Ailey school in New York city. She is currently training in ‘Primitive Expression’, a form of Dance Therapy.
Daphne has been teaching and performing for the past 20 years, during which she has progressively discovered and focused on the healing aspects of African Dance. Her love for this ancient tradition continues to grow along with her wish to share what she has learned with people all over the world.
More On African Dance
Dance, along with story, song and ritual is part of the seamless fabric of life in Africa. Traditional dance movements and sequences are often drawn from observations of the external world, the elements of nature and the everyday movements of people. Many movements imitate those of animals and others derive from community activities especially agricultural work/chores (digging, plowing, sowing, sieving, harvesting.) Dances are done to produce rain, crops, to increase health, to worship and pray to certain deities, to mark rites of passage (birth, adulthood, death), to tell stories, to show off certain skills and to celebrate special occasions. Certain dances can developed qualities of strength, of power and of sharpness while others can bring out qualities of softness and yielding. The integral connection between dancing and drumming is at the root of African therapeutic rhythm techniques which have been used for thousands of years to promote and maintain physical, mental and spiritual health.
African Dance comes from a people who have not separated spirituality from everyday life. It is a form of communication which expresses and celebrates emotions, beliefs, ideas, daily activities and other life experiences. In this way, it helps strengthen the community by celebrating each individual in it. This brings us to an essential component of ‘African Healing Dance’: the inner world of the dancer. The spirit you bring to the dance is the source of your own healing.