Scenes from the African Dance Technique Flash Mob

African dance is a mixture of movements and music. Within traditional African culture, dance serves a multitude of social purposes, including religious, spiritual and recreational. Each dance communicates the...
Amanda Damelio

African dance is a mixture of movements and music. Within traditional African culture, dance serves a multitude of social purposes, including religious, spiritual and recreational. Each dance communicates the communal values and social relationships of the people. At Ohio University, professors Zelma Badu-Younge and Pascal Younge incorporate the importance of the music as well as the art of dance into the Introduction to African Dance Technique curriculum. Over this fall semester, their students have learned Kpanlongo, kpatsa and djembe don, which are all named after the main drum used in the songs. For their final presentation, they decided to perform Djembe Don, a western African dance, as a flash mob at Baker University Center on Dec. 3, 2015.

 

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