African Dance

African dance is a dynamic and uplifting dance style. This workshop introduces the basics of West African traditional dance and how rhythm and dance fit together. Wear comfortable clothing and dance barefoot. Be ready for high energy fun and dance to live drumming! All levels of dancers welcome.

‘I had the best time at African Dance! Rachel had such an accessible teaching style and made the whole experience really fun. It was a great cultural immersion and out-of-the-box activity that doubled as exercise!’

‘I thoroughly enjoyed this class. I found myself smiling the whole way through. Rachel is a great teacher with a wonderful sense of humour that instantly puts you at ease. Loved the live drums and the singing also which helped feel like we actually were in Africa.’

‘I just simply loved every moment of the workshop. I felt quite tired before it started but all the drums and rhythm made me feel really good, energised and connected with my own body. Fantastic!’

Tutor: Rachel Bangoura

With a background of various dance forms including Ballet and Jazz, Rachel has studied West African dance extensively over the last 17 years both in Guinea, West Africa and in Australia. Her teachers included Sekouba Camara (Director – Ballet Matam, Guinea); Nema Camara (Les Ballets Africannes); Aminata Conde (Ballet Matam); Epizo Bangoura (Guinea); Mory Traore (Guinea); Lucky Lartey (Ghana) ; Fode Mane (Senegal). Having taught in Australia for over 15 years, she has unique skills as a teacher with an ability to translate to Western students the complexity of traditional choreographies and rhythms. An extremely talented and dedicated teacher, Rachel reaches out to students of all levels to encourage them to embrace the freedom and joy of West African dance. Rachel is now entrepreneur of world music projects. She is currently Directing a leading school of African Drum & Dance in Australia – Douniya – African Drum & Dance Sydney; Director of multicultural schools arts program – Drum Safari; Manager of the popular Sydney based African band Keyim Ba and Director of Sydney’s annual West African Festival.