African dance and theatre classes in London

Find out how you can get into African culture in the capital with our guide to the best dance and theatre classes, workshops and community groups in London

  • African dance and theatre classes in London

    Afro Xplo (© Vizualeyez Ltd)

  • African Express

    Weekly sessions draw on dance forms from Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa, plus contemporary styles. Over-16s.Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Town Hall Approach Rd, Tottenham Green, N15 (020 8365 5450) Seven Sisters tube.

    African Dance

    Contemporary African dance classes led by Akosua Boakye (Fridays 6-7pm) build physical strength and provide cardiovascular exercise.
    Danceworks, 16 Balderton St, W1 (020 7629 6183) Bond St tube.

    African Theatre Association

    AFTA is a non-profit body for African theatre practitioners and scholars.Department of Drama, Goldsmiths, University of London, SE14 (020 7919 7414/www.goldsmiths.ac.uk/afta) New Cross tube/rail.

    Afro Xplo

    African dance classes led by Ukachi Akalawu, featuring live drumming. Mondays 7.30-9pm.Gymbox, 100 High Holborn, WC1 (07803 710 121) Holborn tube.

    Danceafreaka

    Danceafreaka uses traditional African dance techniques set to live or pre-recorded African drum music as a form of cardiovascular exercise.Fitness First gyms in London (0870 898 0625/www.danceafreaka.com).

    Francis Angol Contemporary African Dance

    Using contemporary African dance techniques for strength and stamina. Wed: Bernie Grant Arts Centre, see ‘African Express’ above. Thur: Central School of Ballet, 10 Herbal Hill, EC1 (020 7837 6332) Farringdon tube. Sun: Islington Arts Factory, 2 Parkhurst Rd, N7 (020 7607 0561) Holloway Rd/Caledonian Rd tube.

    Idea Store Learning

    A mix of dance classes – including traditional and contemporary African – in east London. Call for details. (020 7364 5665/www.ideasstore.co.uk)

    Madinka Beat Services

    This drumming and dance company offers a range of teambuilding, corporate and educational classes.020 8665 4255/www.madinkabeat.com

    Semekor Performing Arts

    Traditional and contemporary African dance drumming, street dance, Afrobeat, highlife, hip-life and storytelling. Danceworks, 16 Balderton St, W1, Sat 3.30-5pm and Tue 8-9pm (07803 710 121/07932 754 470/www.semekordance.com) Bond St tube.

    Theatre for a Change

    An interactive theatre company that helps young people change their lives through participation in theatre.Summit House, 12 Red Lion Square, WC1 (07905 075 024/www.theatre forachange.com) Holborn tube.

    Tiata Fahodzi

    This company explores British African communities through theatre.AH112 Aberdeen Centre, 22-24 Highbury Grove, N5 (020 7226 3800) Highbury & Islington tube.

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