Present: The African Dance Workshop Series
Skill Level: Beginner – Intermediate
Dates| Times: Saturday 23rd July 2016 | 10am -4pm
Location: Lion’s Civic Center | Mc Gillvary Street, Mon Repos, San Fernando (View Map)
ADULTS – $150 full day of classes (or $50 per single class)
CHILDREN – $100 full day of classes (or $30 per single class)
DRUMMERS – $50. (for classes requiring accompaniment)
Akosua Akoto is a professional traditional African dancer, dance instructor, choreographer and an American Council of Exercise (ACE) certified personal trainer specializing in Endurance training, metabolic conditioning, rehabilitation and injury prevention and
the implementation of the Optimal Performance Training Model (OPT model).
Akosua founded ASA Enterprises; a company promoting whole health and wellness from a cultural perspective. Akosua has committed her life to the promotion of physical, mental and emotional health and wellness, positive self-images, and the preservation of culture in its truest form.
Patriann Edwards has been immersed in performing arts from an early age. Neptune’s Cultural School of Gasparillo (under the tuition of Winifred Foster) provided her with her foundation in dance. At Neptune’s Cultural School, she was chosen to pursue the fire arts (fire-eating, fire-dance & fire-breathing) along with her folk dance training which has now gained her the reputation as the “Fire Goddess.”
In late 2015, she was awarded a full artistic scholarship to train in the art of west african dance from Guinean company, Ballet Gbassikolo, under the tutelage of master artist Fode Moussa Camara; for which she is raising funds to attend. At present, she is completing a Bachelor in Performing Arts and continues to break international barriers pursuing her love of african culture and the lifelong dream to keep the culture of Trinidad and Tobago alive.
Cleavand ‘Arlington’ Serries is a dancer and choreographer who has traveled the world exclusively as a cultural ambassador for Trinidad and Tobago. His choreographic work has granted him the chance to create pieces for Brian Mac Farlene’s winning presentation for band of the year “Presenting Africa”, CHOGM 2009, T&T’s 50th Anniversary of Independence presentation, Carifesta and Best Village among others.
He has recently completed his Bachelor’s in Fine Arts major in dance at the University of Trinidad and Tobago
Darlington Theodore, better known as Joseph, always held an open passion for percussive music and natural sounds. In his youth, he trained alongside percussive masters Modupe and Baba Onilu; whom all learned from their father – Jah Jah Oga Onilu. In learning and understanding the percussive sound of nature from Jah Jah Onilu, Darlington embraced the mystic musical art into becoming a highly skilled and sought after percussionist and craftsman.
His performing and tutoring experience are based amongst various local Caribbean Folk performing groups such as Belmont Freetown Folk Performing Company, Mt. D’or Cultural Group, Picton Folk Performing Company, Neptune’s School of the Arts, and many more. He has also performed and greatly contributed to the West African performing group Wasafoli Trinidad and Tobago as a frontline djemberfola, of which he is a former member.
Currently, he serves as a part-time lecturer in drumming at the University Of Trinidad and Tobago and continues to be an active member of Neptune’s School of the Arts and also Ujaama Ambatana West African Dance Company.
Registration Period: SAME DAY | 9:40am -2pm
Attendees are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing or dance wear.
WOMEN – For the west african classes, you may wear a lapa (waist to knee or ankle cloth wrapped around the hips) but it is not required, bare feet.
MEN: For he West african a Shokoto, or loose pants can be worn if available. NO JEANS WEAR or restrictive clothing.