Early Release Friday Dance Lab: AFROBEAT DANCE!
September 24th | 2-4pm
Instructor: Kiné Camara
In this open level Afro dance workshop, we will explore urban Afro grooves and popular steps through drills, exercises and a short combo. Afro dance is an umbrella term that includes several urban genres originated in Africa over the past 20-30 years, including Afrobeats, Coupe Decale, Afrohouse, Ndombolo and Amapiano to name a few. This workshop will be primarily based in the Afrobeats style from Nigeria and Ghana.
Kiné Camara is a choreographer, instructor and performer based in Seattle, WA. She began dancing professionally at 8 years old, and teaching in 2005, under the direction of her father, Master Drummer and Dancer, Ibrahima Camara, of the National Ballet of Senegal. In her choreography, she pulls from various African and Afro diasporic dance styles, and often explores themes of Western vs African culture, and modern vs traditional dance. She debuted “Dokhontou” in 2021, through the Evergreen City Ballet’s artist residency, storytelling a journey through West African traditional and modern urban styles.
Dance is a powerful way to strengthen the mind, body and spirit – and her classes focus on all three. Her passion is to not only teach steps, but also to educate holistically, discussing cultural/historical context, and cultivating self love and acceptance in tandem with the physical practice. She’s taught with The University of Washington, The Overlake School, The Union Cultural Center, Whatcom Community College and Bellingham Repertory Dance.