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West African Dance
August 20 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
SATURDAY, JULY 23-AUGUST 27, 2022
Instructor: Tyehimba Kokayi
Location: Room 213
A fun and exhilarating introduction to Traditional West African Dance with live drumming that fits perfectly with the dance moves you will be learning. Join choreographer and drummer Tyehimba Kokayi and learn a unique approach to an old-school tradition – it’s an opportunity to play with beautiful people and make a grouping of the community like no other.
The heart of this class are the elegant ways you will learn how to move your body. You will be introduced to the basics of West African Dance and various combinations. The movements you’ll learn will transform your heart, body and spirit. The techniques take a little practice, but it’s so rewarding! Need a little encouragement? You’ll receive enough movement training to create the great circular experience of weaving heart, body and mind and Tyehimba will be there already, warmed up and waiting for you and ready to dance.All materials (you, your body, your spirit!) are provided and included in the cost of the class. However, if you have a favorite lapa/fabric (light, free flowing and colorful work best!) or want specific colors – you are encouraged to bring them with you to the class.
Sliding Scale: $30-220
Tyehimba Kokayi is a Sonoma based educator, artist, healer, and choreographer who develops and teaches Community Cultural Enlightenment. He’s also a proud alumnus of the theater department at California State University, Sacramento. With a Master’s degree in education and a thirty history of arts education, he has worked in a variety of creative fields, including 15 years as a staff member of Camp Winnarainbow. Learn more about Tyehimba, explore his webpage and shop his curious collection of curriculums at: http://lionsdeneducationinstitute.com.