Unfamiliar with West African Dance, but interested in learning more?
The Department of Multicultural Student Affairs is partnering with University Recreation to provide an opportunity for the NC State Community to engage in learning through movement. This dance series offers an active way for individuals to learn more about the history and traditions associated with this aspect of West African culture and also, to experience another way that fitness can be incorporated into daily life.
Natasha Bannister, founder of Katandi West African Rhythmic Movement, is the featured instructor for the series. Natasha is a professional West African dancer and certified ACE fitness instructor, having studied under several notable masters of the dance and performed with three dance companies. Her classes focus on connecting with the rhythms of the djembe drums while learning fundamental and traditional movements derived from Guinea, Mali and Senegal. Natasha will be joined by renowned drummer, Michele Casey, who will play a variety of drums and allow the class an opportunity to learn more about the art of percussion.
The West African Rhythmic Movement Series will be held Mondays, February 10, 17 & 24 from 9:00-10:00 PM in Studio A at the Carmichael Recreation Center. The class is open to all Carmichael members and will be capped at capacity, so please arrive early. It is not required that individuals come to all classes, feel free to check out one, two, or all three! Class is danced barefoot. Please bring a wrap (sarong) if you have one.
*Feb. 17 class is co-sponsored with Kappa Omicron chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.