African Dance Class

Starting Saturday, January. 02/2021 (ongoing)

The goal of Bridge the Core is to educate, share, and connect our community around the culture and traditions of Ghana, West Africa - specifically music, dance, song, and food.  We invite you to then use this framework to further explore all these aspects in relation to your own 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.

Course Methodology and Learning Goals

In weekly classes you will be introduced to a variety of Ghana's traditional 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 key 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.

Medical disclaimer

Be prepared for physically taxing work in class.

Class type: Ghanaian, West African Dance 

Class level: All levels

Class Meets: Every Saturday 12 p.m - 1 p.m PST 

Room: Zoom

Instagram: @bridgethecore

Facebook: @naniagbeli

Email: agbeli.nani@gmail.com

Class Schedule

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, 2) register for the class to receive an email with the Zoom link approximately one hour before class begins. Please make sure to pay and sign-up on time for the Zoom link to be sent to you an hour before class begins. 

Tennessee Tech.

Nov. 12 - 16

Nani Agbeli will be teaching and performing with the Ghanaian, West African Ensemble at Tennessee Technical University. Directed by Cale Koester, this will be part of their end-of-semester performance. Audiences will be treated to four Ghanaian pieces: Adzogbo, a war dance, Gota, a recreational and social dance, Kinka, a recreational and social dance; and Bawa, a celebration and social dance.

 Performance on Saturday, Nov. 16. At 6 pm.

1 William L Jones Dr, Cookeville, TN 38505. Free Admission!

Pomona College

Nov. 25

Nani will be leading and performing with the Ghanaian, West African Ensemble at Pomona College, this will be part of their end-of-semester performance. Audiences will be treated to two main Ghanaian pieces: Adzogbo, a war dance; and Gahu, a recreational and social dance.

 Performance on Monday, December 3 At 7 pm.

333 N. College Way. Claremont, CA 91711. Free Admission!

Mount Holyoke

Dec. 10-16

Nani Agbeli will be performing with the Ghanaian, West African Ensemble at Mount Holyoke College  Directed by Faith Conant, this will be part of their end-of-semester performance. Audiences will be treated to two Ghanaian pieces: Adzogbo, a war dance; and Gahu, a recreational and social dance and more. Free Admission.

Performance on Friday, Dec. 13 at 8pm.

50 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075

USC Visions & Voices

Apr. 4-8

USC Visions and Voices is an amazing initiative that brings together a wide range of cultural events. For their 2019-2020 season, our Artistic Director, Nani Agbeli, will be giving a presentation that demonstrates the power of Ghanaian culture and opens a conversation about the related philosophical notions of sankofa in health, wellness, and community life. Volta Drum Dance is proud to be able to support Nani with a performance and to be able to share the stage with other prominent artists, including C.K. Ladzekpo and David Locke. Nani will also be giving a workshop the week after the presentation, Thursday April 9th. Visit the link below for more information and to RSVP.                                                     http://visionsandvoices.usc.edu/events/listing.php?event_id=30335679244218

Tommy's Place (TCC) USC 

Saturday, April 4. from 6-9 pm.

3601 Trousdale Pkwy, Los Angeles, CA

Free!

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