African dances originated in Africa are performed or just simply practiced to express the African culture and religion. There are dances from many different countries and dances for many different ideas, moments, and celebrations. African dances resemble the art and tradition of Africa, in which everybody can relate to.
Adzohu was a dance that was performed for spiritual preparation during way. Now, it is a cultural and communicative dance today, with its battle-like and bold movements. In this dance, they wore waist cloths, ankle accessories and jewelry, bells, hats, and many more. Songs brought strength and power to the culture.
Agbekor is a war dance performed at funerals or cultural events. They are performed with vigorous dance movements.
Togo Atsia is a women’s dance for presenting their point of view on issues to the community and the world around them. Two horsetails are used for dance movements and props.
NanDom Bawa is a Thankgiving-like dance that expresses prayer and celebration.
Gahu is a dance which originated from Nigeria. Dancers wear vibrant robes and hats, and sing of being proud of their culture. Gahu is a dance which taunts and mimics the awkward behavior of Europeans.
Tokoe is a dance made up of stylish and unique moves. This dance is especially for women because it resembles growth and puberty of a female.
Kinka is made up of lively music and dance from past traditions – the active and jubilant parts of the religion. The songs used are usually political and creatively played, involving others around them to join in the dance.
Gadzo is a political and spiritual dance, even though it was banned by the British because it was understood as an bad practice. Drums and real swords are involved in this active dance, making it exciting and powerful.
Takada is a dance especially created for woman and girls. The songs spread pride and power among women and make a point that they have the same power and ideas as the men. This dance speaks in a way to make women stand out. The dance was created in the past, when women were trying to make a point that the were no different than men.
Sovu is danced to dynamic music of spiritual consecration used to clear away material distractions in preparation for worship & possession. We combine several episodes from this style into a consecutive suite of dance segments to make an exciting performance piece.
This is the Adzohu dance, it is a battle dance.
This is the Togo Atsia dance, it is a dance for mostly women.