African Groove Workshop

Feel the exuberance of African rhythms in this special workshop led by guest instructor Duane Wilkins.

You’ll warm-up with stretches, breakdowns of a few basic Afro-Jazz moves and follow-the-leader routines. From there, you’ll begin connecting steps to build a short combination. The hour-and-a-half-long experience ends with a traditional salute to the drum.

If you’ve never tried African dance before, but you love the music, or if you’re looking for a workout that doesn’t feel like a fitness class, this workshop is for you. Absolutely no prior experience needed – just a willingness to let loose and get sweaty – because you will be extending and flexing and jumping everything, and we mean everything. Ages 13 and up.

To ensure that we have space for drop-ins, we’re only discounting 20 advance tickets. Don’t miss the opportunity to reserve yours online now!

African Groove Workshop

  • When: Saturday, March 3 from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Where: The Performance Garage, 1515 Brandywine Street, Philadelphia
  • Cost: $12 in advance or $15 the day of.
  • Wear: Comfortable workout wear that you don’t mind sweating in. Shoes will not be needed.
  • Bring: Water and stamina 😉

Meet the instructor, Duane Wilkins:

Duane WilkinsRev. Duane Wilkins began training in ballet, modern, jazz, pointe and theatrical jazz, among other genres, as a student at the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. He added African and tap dance to the mix under the direction of mentors such as Dwight James and Libby M. Spencer, one of the original chorus girls for the Apollo Theatre.

In addition to numerous theatrical productions and television spots, Wilkins has performed with the Mark Scott Dancers of Hollywood, Calif., Brenda Lee Dance Company and Rejuvenation Dance Company.

In 1989, he founded Messiah Dance Works, a Christian company dedicated to exposing the urban community to creative and performing arts. Aside from running community classes and performance troupes there, he staged fashion shows, directed youth performing arts camps and taught at local recreation centers and churches.

His students have gone on to dance in music videos, Philadanco, the Pennsylvania Ballet, University of the Arts, Alvin Ailey training company and the Ms. Pennsylvania Pageant.

He graduated from the Philadelphia Biblical University in 1998, then went on to obtain a masters degree in human service from Lincoln University in 2004. Outside of dancing, he serves as an associate minister at the Tasker Street Baptist Church in South Philadelphia. His success combining art with youth ministry has been featured in two books.

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