Exploration of Forms: Afro-Pop Dance Workshop

Performing Arts - Dance | September 29 | 1-3 p.m. |  Bancroft Studio (2401 Bancroft)

 Philip Amo Agyapong

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

This free workshop will start with an introduction of African Popular dance; the roots of the dance and its current space. The names and meaning of movements, and the socio-political and economic relevance to it communities will also be addressed. We will then practice some Afro-Pop movements like Azonto, Shorkie, Amanda, Gwara gwara, Kupe, Gweta, Shoo, etc. These movements will be broken down for easy learning and practice. Some of the selected movements will be put together into a routine to end the class.

Exploration of Forms is a free, public workshop series. No previous dance experience is necessary. All workshops take place on Sundays, 1-3pm, in Bancroft Dance Studio at UC Berkeley. Donations are encouraged.

About the Instructor: Philip Amo Agyapong is a Dance teacher and researcher from Ghana and currently living in California. He holds a B.F.A. in Dance and Theatre Arts and a M.F.A. in Dance from the University of Ghana. After his graduate studies, Philip served as an Assistant Lecturer in the same University for two years. During his position as faculty in the University of Ghana, he produced dance works such as "Su-Ban," "Akogo," and "Ritual" from his research scope "Dance and Ethics in Ghanaian Traditional Society." Outside of academia he also attained an award for his hard work and dedication as a choreographer and producer of a childrens’ reality show on TV Africa in Ghana. Currently, Philip teaches African traditional dance forms (both theory and practical), African popular dance and contemporary African dance. He has taught at many higher level institutions (Mills college, San José State, San Joaquin Delta College and University of San Francisco) and in schools across the Bay Area and beyond. He was recently invited to teach at the International Association of Blacks in Dance. He further practices and performs with dance companies such as Diamano Coura West African Dance Company, Yameci Dance Company, African Music and Dance Ensemble, and Afro-Urban Society, all in the Bay Area.

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 Free and open to the public.