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How To with dance and music classes - children & adults



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How To with dance and music classes

 

The offering of dance and music classes in Accra has increased to a point where we have decided to separate them from our “How To with artistic activities – adults & children” page.

Finding activities, besides sports, for children and us grown-ups might seem difficult in Accra but the capital city of Ghana offers many things to do besides school and work. The problem is the same, as always: finding out and communication; and that is where accraexpat.com comes in for you.

 

Kizomba & Salsa
Hip Hop Dance classes
Ballet, modern dance and hip hop, Bollywood
Capoeira
African music and dancing
Extracurricular Activities at GSIS
Guitar, violon. piano and more
Expat groups, associations and clubs
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Kizomba & Salsa

Mon:
Grace @ Vienna City (Takoradi)
Classes: 19:30 – 20:30 / Dancing: 20:30 – 22:00 (young audience)
All dance types and levels - 0542 489 565
.
Ebo
and his dancing partner Nana @ Kizomba Ghana offers a series of established dancing and classes at various locations in Accra.
- Wed: Salsa at Tam Tam Restaurant, Afrikiko Leisure Centre, Accra (opposite the French Embassy)
- Thur: Kizomba at Tam Tam Restaurant, Afrikiko Leisure Centre, Accra (opposite the French Embassy)
- Fri: Kizomba at Sky Lounge, at Abelemkpe
- Sat: Kizomba at Chase Lounge in Labone
Classes - dancing: 19:30 - 00:00+
All levels
Gate Fee: GHS 100 for lifetime membership, otherwise GHS10/class
Contact Ebo at 0244 816 892.

Thursdays at African Regent Hotel (near Accra Mall): Salsa Night with Dance Alive International. 6:30 to 10pm. Free. 0244 011 404 - 0249 605 674.

Private Classes: 
Kizomba (and for private events) with Ebo and Nana (see above)
Salsa, with Dancation International - by appointment
   Call Lumo on +233 244 717 762.
Ladies’ Latin Body Styling and Isolations- with Dancation International - by appointment
   Call Theodora on +233 244 981 374

For kids: Zumba Kids - Every Wednesday at 4:30pm. Age 8-13 only. An excellent way to have fun.increase confidence and self-esteem,boots metabolism and improve coordination. Call 0248 180 436.

In Kumasi at the Ego Lounge on Saturdays from 7pm to 9pm (free)

DANCE ALIVE INTERNATIONAL
offers group and private dance and fitness lessons for adults and children as well as wedding dance classes.

See the Swing in Accra Facebook group.

HIP HOP

Corrine has moved from England and started Hip Hop Dance Classes for adults and children late September 2014, along with a Diet Club and Dance Fitness Classes (see details in the How To stay fit page) at Isis Personal Training and Weight loss Centre in Osu.
The Hip Hop Dance classes are for kids and teens between the ages of 6-16 and take place every Saturday.
See the Facebook page and contact Corrine for more details at (+233) 0 503 026 907 and deziya22@gmail.com

BALLET, MODERN DANCE & HIP HOP, BOLLYWOOD

Ballet, modern dance & hip hop for different ages are offered by Pippa's Gym in Ringway Estates (see the “How To stay fit" page)
Ballet lessons on Saturday morning are offered by Accra Shala Yoga, next to the African Regent Hotel.
Bollywood dance classes are offered to chidren 6 to 12 in Tesano by Archana Sinha - 0543 686 619 - arc.sin02@gmail.com

CAPOEIRA

In 2012, Mike Akortia, a French Capoeira teacher, travelled by motorbike from Paris to Ghana during more than 2 years where he exchanged with many different group in Morocco, Senegal, Mali and Ivory Coast.
In Ghana, he did not find a place where foreigners can learn and practice Capoeira so he opened a Capoeira School in partnership with the French Cultural Center Alliance Française.
Mike is back in Geneva and Narsh and Opoku have arrived in Ghana to take over as teachers. 

So welcome to: AKCRAABA Capoeira.
Classes run every week on Tuesdays at 7pm and on Saturdays at 10am.
The fee is GHS 50/month for one class per week and GHS 70/month for twice per week.

If you need any more information or wish to join, call Narsh at 0240 877 291 or send him an email at narsh7smith@hotmail.com or to Opuku at mail@zohraopoku.com or dci@afaccra.com or 0501 287 815.

AFRICAN MUSIC & DANCING

Afro dance classes at Alliance Française
Classes run every Monday at 18:30 with Robert Fuqah who teaches also at the French school and other international schools and 3 percussionists.
More info and registration:  dci@afaccra.com or 0501 287 815.

Sunday African Dance Classes
Join Kofi and his professional drummers for two hours of rythm, culture and fun.
Did you know that African Dance has many health benefits: from physical fitness to stress relief? As well as helping you to get fit, African dance also enhances your feelings of well-being, and overrides many negative effects of stress! Get fit and trim while learning traditional Ghanaian dances and drum rythms.
All welcomed (with or without your drums) - adults and children 6+. 
In-room crèche for the littles ones avaiable - enquire first.
Classes take place each Sunday from 2.30-4.30pm at the Dance Hall, Mirror Room, of the School of Performing Arts, Legon University (Legon campus)
Price: GHS 5.00 per session.
For more enquiries and to register, text or call 0273 566 831 or 0277 522 229.

Asanti Dance Theater
Experience Ghanaian Dance, Drumming and Music;
and/orEnjoy watching traditional/contemporary cultural performances at your next event!
Asanti Dance Theatre is a Cultural Performing Group, who teaches dance (all styles – traditional, contemporary, freestyle) and music to a professional level. We have over ten years experience teaching dance and performing art to students from around the world.

We also:
- Provide entertainment and coordination for parties and weddings,
- Run cultural tours to attractions in Ghana and to bordering West African countries,
- Organize overnight dance and cultural exchange trips (experience life in a local village, or local cooking, language, dance and drumming lessons).

If you are interested in trying private/group dance or drumming lessons, or any of the above activities, please don’t hesitate to contact us! You can contact Asanti Theatre’s, Director Mr Omari on: 0544662895, or 0276172390. Or, Coordinator, Kylie on: 0246683762. Or you can email on: oppongomari@yahoo.com.

Asanti Dance Theatre is located in Bubuwashie (near the main trotro station), or private classes in your home are negotiable. For a glance of Asanti Dance Theatre, please see their Australian partner group's website

Traditional Ghanian Drumming & Dance
Our Member Theresa Suslov’s husband Cephas Aban has been teaching traditional Ghanian drumming and dance to adults and children for over 10 years. Cephas is available for private and group drumming lessons.  He can come to you. If you are a teacher, event organizer or simply have a group of children who would like to learn traditional Ghanian dance, Cephas  is experienced with teaching groups of children to perform in a short amount of time.He also teaches adults who wish to perform at church functions, weddings and other gatherings. 020 060 0066 - ephasaban4@gmail.com – see useful link and watch him on YouTube

Drumming classes and more
Richmond is a drumming teacher who teaches at Lincoln and other schools. He does dancing as well and can be hired for parties. Richmond is good with kids. 0242 543 922
Check Robert for drumming and African dance at 0244 106 223.
Danyo Bismark Kofi
teaches drumming and comes recemmended. He can be contacted through his Facebook page or at 0233 508 051.
Mensah
is a good drumming teacher as well: 0275 081 462.

Have a look at some of these links:
http://www.fitsugar.com/Class-Act-African-Dance-2364960
http://www.songbong.co.nz/african%20dance%20class.html
http://www.answerbag.com/west-african-dance
http://www.planetbali.co.cc/2010/10/08/african-dance-a-new-trend-in-america/
http://www.noahafromusic.com/drumming.html
http://www.relaxationexpert.co.uk/BenefitsOfEthnicDance.html

Also, those interested in Ghana music can visit www.musicinghana.com

EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AT GSIS

The bilingual German Swiss International School in Accra must be lauded for putting together a great variety of activities every semester that are open to children not enrolled to the school. Activities vary from semester to semester.
Registration is before the beginning of the semester but pupils who come later are allowed to join if the groups are not yet full.
Fees are per semester.

Here is a sample of recent classes. Semesters start in February and August.

 

Teacher’s Name

Fees in Euro

Dance - 1 to 2pm on Wed.

Enoch

100.-

African flute/Xylophone- 1 to 2pm on Wed.

Kofi

100.-

Flute/Violin - 1 to 4pm on Wed.

George

100.-

Piano - one-to-one lessons - 30 min. - still available at 13:30 on Tuesdays and 14:30 on Wed. and Thursdays

Prince

100.-

GSIS also offers arts and sports classes for children: please see the "How to with artistic activities" How To page.

The German Swiss International School - Accra is located on Ring Road Central, at Nima Junction, right behind the Lufthansa/Emirates building.

PS.: learn about other International Schools in Ghana in our dedicated "How To put my children in school" Guide (plus Annex) in the same How To Guide.

GUITAR, VIOLON AND PIANO

Guitar
Natalie Martin offers affordable beginner guitar lessons to both kids and adults. 15ghc an hour for kids or students. 30ghc an hour for adults - with your own guitar. Natalie: itznat@yahoo.com.
Young of G
iter&Drums - 0244675133
Fred can teach all from acoustic, classical and jazz - 0208218110
Tony gives guitar lessons at Lincoln Community Schoool and comes recommended for private lessons: 0277 017 517.
Isaac Nartey is a recommended teacher - 0245 379 321 / 0242 013 653
Violin Thomas is a violon teacher: 0277 611 603.
Piano for adults/children
A retired concert pianist living in Accra offers piano forte and theory lessons to children aged seven and above as well as adults. Group lessons available for two children at a time or two adults at a time: Sonia Usmar 0548 576 407.
Dawid Essiam at 0543 751 289
Marrit arrived in Accra early 2017 and offers piano lesson to all ages above 6 at her place in south Airport Residential Area - 0549 910 189.
Kez Theodore offers offers piano lessons for kids of all ages: 0267 582 644.
Fernando Zonda. for children and adults, beginners and advanced fernandozondalivy@gmail.com  0553 986 866
Isaac Nartey is a recommended teacher for theory and practice - 0245 379 321 / 0242 013 653
Steve Music Consult International offers courses organized are piano, voice training, drums, guitar. Lessons are weekdays and weekends. Location: Patmos School, Abavana, Kotobabi Down. Steve on 0542992386 or instantpiano15@gmail.com. Note from the Editor: we have not received references about this company. Feedback is welcome.

Instruments sourcing
KFM Ltd offers a variety of musical instruments and high fidelity speakers.
Virtual Sounds Lab has a similar good offering in Asylum Down.

EXPATRIATE GROUPS, CLUBS AND ASSOCIATIONS

Don’t forget that the numerous expat groups active in Accra (such the francophone Accra Accueil Association and NAWA, the North American Women Association) go beyond the traditional charitable actions and propose many different activities to their Members.

Visit the Expat Groups page to see the more than 50 groups currently listed so you can find one or more suitable group(s) to contact and enquire about the artistic activities they might offer.


Arts Ghana
The agenda of Arts Ghana is simply to promote the arts in Ghana by providing a forum for intellectual dialogie on the state of visual arts. They highlight and share innovative artistic creations by resident and diasporan Ghanaian artistes through reviews and reports.

See this Facebook page.


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