Saturday, July 27, 2019
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
African dance styles vary across tribes and nations, but all are deeply steeped in ritual and history. Dance is used for more than simple entertainment. Dance can represent prayer, emotional communication, rites of passage, and much more.
Africa International’s House’s (AIH) Evolution of African Dance is part of a preview of the 30th Annual African Festival of Arts (AFA) to be held Labor Day weekend in Washington Park. Held at Navy Pier, Evolution of African Dance explores African dance past, present, and future. The afternoon begins with performances from West African Dance company Muntu Dance, Ethiopian cultural dancer Yaasha Abramham and closes with the Chi-Town Regulators, who will perform a Caribbean J’ouvert festival dance.
Performing during the second half of Evolution of African Dance are M.A.A.D Rhythm who will perform TAP dance sequences followed by Purifyed Dance, performing old and new school hip hop, and Liberian Native CeceBandit closes out with an electrifying Afrobeat’s performance.
This showcase is interactive with the audience learning African dance for a big finale to end the program.
The mission of Africa International House is to serve as a center that exposes and educates all peoples to the individual works and collective contributions of African cultures. Our mission is addressed through our flagship program, the African Festival of the Arts, and through other activities that promote African-based culture. Africa International House is an umbrella for linkages and exchanges of people from Africa and the African Diaspora.
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