Learn about the fundamentals of West African dance.
Learn about the meaning, origins, and rhythms of Kou Kou.
In this 30 minute virtual class, participants of any age will learn a beginner level traditional West African dance. Participants will explore Kou Kou, an exciting and fun dance done for many celebrations! Originally this dance was done when women returned to their villages from fishing. Participants will learn the meaning, origin and the rhythm that accompanies the Kou Kou dance. Participants will need only themselves and about a 6 x 6’ space to engage in this activity. Young children between the ages of three and six will need assistance from an adult. We will begin with a warm-up then dive into our lesson where we will learn simple but fun choreography. We will close out with review of the dance and a cool down with relaxed movements, deep stretching and breathing!
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Participants will need a 6′ x 6′ space to fully explore the movements.
(Optional) An external speaker to use make it easier to hear the activity.
(Optional) A wrap traditionally used in African dance