BTC - African Dance Class
Every Saturday at 12 pm. PST (ongoing)
The goal of Bridge the Core is to educate, share, and connect our community around the culture and traditions of Ghana and West Africa - specifically music, dance, song, and food. We invite you to use this framework further to explore all these aspects concerning your roots and identity. Understanding where you come from provides a solid foundation to help you focus on where you want to go. Everyone is welcome in this community - people of different cultures, genders, skills, backgrounds, and goals.
In weekly classes, you will be introduced to various traditional Ghana dances. Each month we will explore a new dance. You will be introduced to the structure and technique, the music's primary rhythms, and the accompanying body movements. While learning the critical body movements, you will master the relationship between traditional drumming and dancing, develop an independent ability to feel the dominant rhythms and polyrhythms, and respond instantly and confidently to musical instructions from the lead drum. At the end of each month, the instructor will host a cooking class on how to prepare a traditional Ghanaian dish that relates to the dance explored that month. Details for the cooking class will be provided in the workshop.
Course Methodology and Learning Goals
This class will happen every Saturday, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. PST. To join the class:
1) pay the $15 class fee through Venmo @naniagbeli, or PayPal @firstname.lastname@example.org, include the date/s you are signing up for in the Venmo or PayPal description.
2) register for the class to receive an email with the Zoom link approximately one hour before class begins.
"Nani's visits have helped my students develop their musical and social skills. they have learned to work together as an ensemble and have been exposed to the value of learning about different world cultures." - Sarah LeDuc
BTC Workout Dance videos on YouTube
Experience the best authentic, electrifying, and exuberant way to exercise with Ghanaian West African dance. Each piece has been picked to target and work on specific muscles in your body, but doing so within a fun dance workout routine. Make it part of your daily exercise and you will see the results! Check it out
BTC past dance class audios
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I am not a medical health practitioner or mental health provider and I am not holding myself out to be in any capacity. Rather, I serve as a Ghanaian, West African dance coach, mentor and guide to help you reach your own health and wellness goals by incorporating dance into your daily practice. The information I provide is based on my personal experience, studies of Ghanaian, West African traditional dance and culture, and my experience as a traditional dancer.
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