Afro Dance Workshop ( English )
Afro Dances is an upbeat and beginner friendly dance class that explores the different dance styles coming out of Africa and the African Diaspora. This dance session offers a fun way of exploring a range of moves from different parts of Africa such as Ndombolo from Congo, Coupe Decale from Ivory coast, trending dance styles from West Africa and South of Africa Including Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa.
This will be a safe and inclusive space for young people and adults to explore a new way of moving and learning more history within the dance styles.
The dance class will begin with a warm up and stretch. A few Afro Dance moves will be explored and put together in a sequence for participants to take away and to keep practicing if they choose. The dance class will conclude with a cool down stretch. ( Age 13 – Up )
About the artist:
Lerato Masiyane aka Lee is a Melbourne-based dance instructor and performer. She was born in Zimbabwe, later immigrated to New Zealand with her Family, then moved to Victoria, Australia in 2014 for further studies. Since completing her studies in Youth Work, Lerato has continued to build her youth work skills and combine them with her passion for dance to inspire and empower young people.
After her arrival in Victoria, Lerato was selected to join professional dancehall crew ‘BurnCity Queenz’. Both with this group, and as a solo performer, she has performed with artists like Sampa the Great, Baker Boy, and Jojo Abot. She was also awarded Australian Dancehall Queen of 2016 – placing her as one of the best female dancehall artists in the country. This has led her to perform both across the country and at international events.
Lerato’s dance practice has evolved as she gained experience, starting from Hip Hop to her unique blend of Afro Dance and Dancehall, with a strong focus on bringing her Zimbabwean culture to her style. She has also worked with various community organisations, such as L2R Dance Organisation and has been appointed Jungle City Studio’s Youth Program Coordinator.
Lerato has continued to use dance as a tool to express and is often inspired by those she connects with through Dance.