Afro Dancehall Workshop - Featuring Percy & Edz
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You’re invited to Join CSW, and choreographers Percy and Edz for a 90 minute Afro-Dancehall workshop at City Dance Corps on Friday April 12th from 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM.
Dance and movement is an important part of many cultures, whether it be for celebration, sweat, mourning, or fun. At Botshabelo, dancing is all of this and more; it provides a sense of community, identity, and a purpose for many of its members. Our vision is to bring this spirit to life through our fundraiser and share the power of dance with our very own community.
All proceeds raised from the event support CSW and the Botshabelo Community Development Project. We’re working with the Botshabelo Community Development Trust (children’s village) to help them reach their goals of living off the grid. Spaces are limited and are first come first serve, so reserve your space before it’s too late.
And hey, even if the spaces are full or for some reason you can’t make it, consider making a donation instead!
What is Afro Dancehall? Is it okay if I’m a beginner?
Afro Dancehall style combines the music and grooves from Afrobeat and Dancehall styles. Afrobeat is a West African music style that originated in Ghana. Today artists like Yemi Alade, Mr. Eazi, and P-Square are well known for this music style. In the Afrobeat culture there are also a number of dance styles such as Azonto from Ghana, Gwara Gwara from South Africa and Ndombolo from the Congo. Dancehall on the other hand originated in Jamaica and was made popular in the late 1980s and 1990s. Key elements of dancehall music include its extensive use of Jamaican Patois and a focus on the track instrumentals known as “Riddims”. Some of the major artists in this genre are Vybz Kartel, Spice and Beenie Man.
This is an introduction/beginner level course and is suitable for all dance levels.
How early should I arrive?
We recommend arriving at least 10 minutes early so that you can get changed, mingle, and fill out any waivers or permission forms required by the studio.
How long is the class?
Who is Edz Gyamfi?
Edz is a Ghanaian-Canadian dance choreographer from Ottawa, Ontario Canada. Born in Kumasi, Ghana Edz was exposed to dance at a very early age, in Ghana music and dance are part of everyday life and it is heard and seen everywhere you go. Edz main dance foundations are hip hop and dancehall/reggae and he’s known to incorporate different styles of dance and ranges of movement. Edz has over 10 years of teaching experience and has taught hundreds of clients ranging from ages 4 to 60(+) years of age. To learn more about Edz, visit his website https://www.edzgyamfi.com/and follow him on Instagram @edzgyam.
Who is Percy Anane-Dwumfour?
Percy Anane- Dwumfour, is well-known as a street, self-taught dancer from Toronto, Canada. His passion for dance started from a very young age and led him into the professional dance world. He joined dance companies like Artists in Motion, Lua Shayenne & Company, The Black Stars and The Vibe Xclusive in his local city. Percy strives to build his career as a professional dancer and finds joy in collaborating creatively with emerging artists. We are thrilled to be collaborating with him for this event. To learn more about Percy visit his website, https://www.percyananeofficial.com/ and follow him on Instagram @plantainpercy.
I work at lululemon, can I use my sweaty pursuits?
Yes and no. Unfortunately, the system doesn’t recognize the Sweaty Pursuits card at the time of checkout, however, you are eligible to expense this class to your Sweaty Pursuits following the event. Just be sure to hold onto a copy of your receipt and make sure you’ve got space on your card to cover the cost of the event.
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
Please bring a copy of your photo ID should it be needed for any reason. You must be at least 16 years of age to participate in the class unless parent/guardian consent has been given and is provided in writing at the event.
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
City Dance Corps is located at489 Queen St W 2nd floor, Toronto, ON M5V 2B4. The studio is easily accessible by streetcar, subway and bus. Parking in the surrounding areas is paid street parking. If you’re planning to drive, please arrive extra early to locate street parking.
What can/should I bring into the event?
Bring water or a water bottle, clean indoor shoes, good vibes and an open heart.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Please contact our event coordinators Amanda and Nicole via email, firstname.lastname@example.org
What’s the refund policy?
Your registration is a donation to Community for a Sustainable World and the Botshabelo Community Development Project, therefore no refunds will be given in the event that a participant is absent/late for the class. Consider it your do-good deed for the week!
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Save a tree, and download a copy of your ticket to your phone. Don’t have a phone, bring your ID and we’ll find your name on the list.