Dancing Through the African Diaspora

Feb. 15, 2022

Join us for a celebration of black culture and history through movement!

We had so much fun at last year’s workshop in honor of Black History Month that we’re doing it again, with an updated playlist featuring new music and routines!

Come prepared to sweat because this 90-minute virtual workshop will be one crazy, high-energy dance journey through Africa, the Caribbean islands and the Americas. 

Heat up with a diverse array of Afro-centric styles that highlight the evolution of music and movement from the African continent as black culture spread outward, initially through the trans-Atlantic slave trade. From Azonto to soca to dancehall, you’ll get a taste of the breadth of African influence on the world of dance. And of course, we can’t forget to include some hip-hop to highlight the incredible mark that black artists have made on popular music in the United States and far beyond. (You can count on a shout out to the recent Super Bowl halftime performance highlighting Dr. Dre, Mary J. Blige and other hip-hop icons.)

Really, there’s way too much to cover in just 90 minutes, but instructor Lehla Olson has curated an amazing “sampler” that will leave you eager for more. If you’re familiar with Lehla’s weekly classes, you know that she always takes extra time to add intention and inspiration to her playlists. That will be especially evident in this workshop as we pay tribute to Black History Month.

In support of ongoing efforts to further equality, like last year, a portion of the ticket sales from this event will be donated to the Philadelphia Black Giving Circle. This organization distributes donations to a variety of nonprofits serving the needs of the black community, including a “COVID19 Response & Justice Fund.”

Dancing Through the African Diaspora

A Celebration of Black Culture & History

  • Saturday, Feb. 26 at 3:30 p.m. (on the Midtown player on our livestream page)
  • $20 virtual tickets; Members get 20% off!
  • Access link and password will be sent in your confirmation email
  • Wear comfortable workout attire and sneakers or dance shoes. Be sure to have water on hand, and feel free to bring a small towel so you can pump yuh flag during the Caribbean songs.
  • No prior dance experience necessary; all ages welcome!

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Memories! A sweaty finale after an Afro-Caribbean workshop in 2014 led by Lehla & Lael (bottom left).

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