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West African dance workshop offered | Culture & Leisure

Yachats resident Gabrielle Eggstein will be offering a West African dance workshop at the Newport Recreation Center from 2:30-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 23. The workshop will feature live percussion.

“We believe African dance includes everything a human being needs to stay physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually healthy today,” Eggstein said. “We will draw on other techniques used in Yoga and Nia in preparation for dancing with live percussion.

“In our classes, we teach the basics of West African dance technique from Burkina Faso and Senegal, as well as its cultural and social significance,” Eggstein added. “Through live drums, participants will learn to interact with the drums. The drums clarify the connection between various rhythms and dances.

The class will learn to appreciate the relationship between music and dance in the different cultures and countries involved, as well as the similarities between these dance traditions. In West African practice, for example, much communication is expressed through group dancing. “Bringing joy and empowerment to the community through West African dance is one of our primary goals,” Eggstein said.

All levels of age and experience are welcome. People should bring comfortable clothes, water to drink, a blanket and soft knee pads (if they have them).