African Dance is for Everyone!
African Dance refers mainly to the dance of Sub-Saharan Africa. African Dance uses the concept of rhythm as well as total body articulation. Dances teach social patterns and values and help people work, mature, praise or criticize members of the community while celebrating festivals and funerals, competing, reciting history, proverbs and poetry. There are singular definitions of African dance: Africa, a continent three times the size of the United States, is ethnically and culturally the most diverse on the planet. Though similar themes may be found throughout dances across the many countries and landscapes, each has its own history, language, song and background.
Traditional dance in Africa occurs collectively, expressing the life of the community more than that of individuals or couples. Dances are often segregated by gender, reinforcing community structures such as kinship, age and status. Dutchess School of Performing Arts is pleased to offer instruction in Traditional African Dance taught by former Pearl Primus dancer, Ms. Belle Golden. Check the Class Schedule page for class times.