West African Dance

West African Dance

West African Dance explores the fundamentals of West African culture and tradition through music and dance. The musicality, traditions and various techniques introduced in these classes will connect with dance techniques of Africa and its diaspora including, but not limited to, the dances of Mali, Guinea and Senegal, afrobeat, afro house, and more. Students learn to execute polyrhythmic patterns and practice multiple types of call & response cues performed both verbally and physically. Our classes explore the use of weight, body isolations, and dancing with the drummer.


2020 – 2021 Dates

Quarter 1: September 29 – November 30, 2020; Registration closed

Quarter 2: December 1, 2020 – February 8, 2021; Registration closed

Quarter 3*: February 20 – April 24, 2021; Registration opens January 11, 2021

Quarter 4: April 26 – June 26, 2021; Registration opens March 22, 2021


* In Quarter 3, our dance classes will be delivered in a hybrid format, blending in-person classes with reduced capacity and online classes. Students who register for the hybrid format will attend class in-person every other week of the quarter. On the weeks they are not in-person, they will participate at home via Zoom. All classes will continue to have options for 100% online registration.

Due to lower-than-anticipated enrollment numbers in the fall, the schedule for Quarter 3 has been consolidated to combine technique levels while maintaining manageable student capacity numbers in each class. Check out our new schedules below.


Need based scholarships are available to qualifying students. The application period will open on January 11.

Scholarship Application

Open Level West African Dance (ages 6-12)

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Please Note: There is no hybrid option available for this class.

Recommended Experience Level: 0-3 years

Open Level West African Dance (ages 6-12)

February 26 - April 23, 2021 | Fridays 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm