This Week At GWL: Project X: Dances of the African Diaspora. A Chance to Try Something New!

10th August 5:30-8:30pm and 12th August 1:00-3:30pm.

Are you interested in learning about the history of rap/hiphop? Have you ever wondered about the roots or development of dancehall or tap? Have you ever wanted to “step” out and learn some new moves? Well, this is certainly the session for you! Join us on Thursday and/or Saturday as we welcome the hugely talented Erick Valentin Mauicia and Eva Goudiaby, respectively, to the library for exciting evening and afternoon lessons of traditional and contemporary dances from the rich and far-reaching African diaspora and a chat about their cultural connections and impact.

In the Thursday evening session, accompanied by live drums and a lively, uplifting atmosphere that’ll be sure to leave you wanting more, Erick will lead us through a dance workshop featuring and celebrating both contemporary and traditional West African moves and rhythms. In the Saturday afternoon session, the energising presence of expert instructor Eva Goudiaby will spur you on as you build on what you learned in the Thursday session and jump right into learning one of her signature joyful and fast paced Senegalese dance sequences. Be prepared for an enthralling, maybe even a bit sweaty, night!

With the roots of his passion and expertise buried in the distant, rich cultures of the West Indies and African Guinea, Erick came to Glasgow by way of an esteemed journey through Paris, where he gained a certificate in Performing Arts at The American Dance Centre in 1982 and Moscow, where he taught Modern and Afro Jazz to dancers from The Bolshoi and Moiseiv Traditional Moscow Ballet in 1989-90. After settling here, he’s since co-founded the Ayawara West African Dance and Percussion Ensemble and has expanded his teaching skills to include delivering lessons in African drumming and music classes at Dance House Glasgow.

Eva Goudiaby is a proud native of the colourful, vibrant Casamance, Senegal. Growing up in the fast-paced capital Dakar, she became part of Ballet Fambody, only the second ballet of the Ballet National de Senegal. Shortly after, Eva was selected to be one of the renowned dancers of the AfrikaAfrika movement and subsequently came to Europe, where she toured for many years before eventually settlling in Glasgow, where she now teaches and performs regularly.

The influence of African traditional rhythms and movements in the native dances of several countries and cultures are widespread and long-ingrained. Dance forms such as the Rumba, native to Cuba, and the Samba, native to Brazil, among many others, have been undeniably affected by this wide diaspora and elements of old styles of African dance can be found in South America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and America in both older dances, newer ones and within current popular music.

This event is for women only, and ages 16+. The event is free to attend but please book as we expect high demand. You can do so on our website or you can call us on 0141 550 2267. If you have booked a place and are no longer able to attend please let us know so that we can make your place available to someone else.


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