Contemporary African dance

Course Dates: 01/06/24 - 29/06/24
Time: 10:00 - 11:30
Location: Keeley Street
A dynamic and vibrant class that combines West African dance and music with some Contemporary dance influences. The movements, energy and music will leave you energised and rejuvenated.
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Contemporary African dance
  • Course Code: DDP215
  • Dates: 01/06/24 - 29/06/24
  • Time: 10:00 - 11:30
  • Taught: Sat, Daytime
  • Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Francis Angol

Course Code: DDP215

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Sat, day, 01 Jun - 29 Jun '24

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

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What is the course about?

The course is about developing the dance styles and music from West Africa with Contemporary dance influences. The course will use undulating sequences to develop fluidity within the movement. Further techniques will be incorporated to develop the grounded aspect in West African Dance. The course will develop the dynamic flavours of Afro Contemporary dance by incorporating styles from; Senegal, Guinean, Benin and many more.

What will we cover?

Each class will commence with a warm up followed by development of the movement topic, for example Sabar movements. Travelling sequences are used to develop the dynamic of Afro Contemporary dance, incorporating elevation sequences which have a distinct rapport to the music. An Afro Contemporary sequence will be worked on which is a combination of movement learnt during the course and occasionaly Afro Contemporary dance improvisation will covered.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Explore dance styles from different regions of West Africa
Use spatial awareness and co-ordination in relation to dance
Develop increased stamina and fitness
Demonstrate improved knowledge and musicality
Perform the dance sequences with a strong dynamic and confidence.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is a general level class suitable for beginners and those with prior experience. The skills needed are co-ordination and basic fitness, equally these skills will develop further throughout the course.

A beginner's dance class isn’t just for newcomers. In any dance class there will be student’s of all levels and abilities. We all have different learning techniques and paces. If your first class seems overwhelming and you can’t get it the first time, don’t worry: dance is heavily reliant on repetition so it will happen. We want you to learn and to have fun so just give it your best and keep coming back!

In order to get the most from the course you will be able to:
• Follow spoken instructions
• Use numbers to recognise rhythms within dance.
• Work within groups and pairs safely.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Teacher demonstrations and supportive feedback

You may or may not be asked to participate in rigorous activity from time to time. Please consider whether you could do this, if you are in any doubt consult a medical practitioner.

As part of the course content, your tutor may record your image for initial and ongoing assessment purposes. You are entitled to decline to participate in the recording of your image.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please wear clothing that does not restrict your movement and allows you to adapt to changes in your body temperature. Bare feet or anti-grip socks should be used except in exceptional cases to be discussed with the teacher. We recommend a dance belt be worn by men and all students to tie their hair back if it is long for their own safety and comfort. Please remove jewellery for both comfort and health and safety.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You can contact the department for guidance and information at or browse our many other dance courses on our website.

Francis Angol

Francis has been working in the field of dance for over 30 years, performing, teaching and producing works that have contributed to the enrichment of British dance culture through the production of a range of training programmes, classes, courses and performance works. As well as being a performing artist / choreographer and dance educator, he holds the position of Associate Lecturer in dance at the University of Surrey and Coventry University. Francis is also a Somatics Movement Educator and a dance health & wellbeing specialist. In addition he also holds the position of Director of Dance at Islington Arts Factory, a creative hub of art, dance and music in the heart of North London. He is the founder and Artistic Director of Movement Angol dance, a UK based Dance Company which produces work that blends the teachings and practices of Western Contemporary dance with dance from the African Diaspora, underpinned by Somatic practice, to form his distinctive language of expression.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.