AfroDance takes center stage in Brooklyn with a 6-week dance festival, featuring workshops, talks and performances

If you’re on social media, you’ve surely seen the fast, seductive, rhythmic and infectious dance style known as Afrobeats pop up in your feed. The dance style has not only become mainstream; it has become a worldwide movement.

Whether it’s a social media dance challenge or friends dancing together for fun, it seems like almost everyone – from 6-year-olds to the elderly; from social media dance stars to next door neighbor – got bitten by the Afrodance bug.

From Saturday February 5 to Sunday March 27, Cumbe Center for African and Diaspora Dancein collaboration with Afro’Dance New York, presents Afro’Dance Emerges: The Beat, The Beat & The Dance.

The festival is part of Cumbe’s 10th anniversary celebration. It will take place at the Restoration Center for Arts and Culture, located at 1368 Fulton Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant, and will feature local and international artists giving workshops to all levels and ages around styles like Azonto from Ghana , the Coupé Décalé de l’Ivoire Gumboot from the coast and South Africa and many more!

“Social media brings a lot of attention to African music and dance, but [is] focused on entertainment,” said Angel Kaba, founder and choreographer of Afro’Dance New York.

“Our goal with Afro’Dance emerges is to raise awareness [around] these dance styles and provide cultural context; be more specific about the links between dances and regions. We also want to provide a platform where these dances can be taught with respect and acceptance.

Afro’Dance emerges will feature a series of workshops, performances and conversations, as well as in-person and online dance lessons by some of the most talented and respected choreographers in the African Diaspora including Ghana Boii, Jeny BSG, Angel Kaba, Mpho LePantsula, Loïc Reyel and more.

The immersive festival and 6-week dance camp also aims to demystify Afro’Dance, which organizers say has long been wrongly referred to as ‘Afrobeats’, with talks and workshops that examine the history and the evolution of music and dance style.

Afro’Dance emerges will provide an opportunity to build a more holistic understanding and appreciation of the origin of contemporary African dance and regional cultures, guided by some of the movement’s leading dancers from across the diaspora.

In-person classes start at $18. Distance learning courses are $12. Most workshops are part of a series of three classes where students learn basic dance vocabulary with an instructor while developing a routine. February classes conclude with a performance on March 5, when participants can present what they have learned.

So don’t just scroll and watch Afrodance on the fringes of social media: now you can join the movement too, and with the best choreographers!

Now it’s your turn to challenge yourself, learn some routines, practice, and most importantly, have fun!

For more information on Afro’Dance emerges and to register for Classesgo here.

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