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Pandogo: Celebrate the Highlife

Join Erika MacNeil for an introduction to an African dance style called Pandogo, which means, “Highlife”. It is a celebration of the movement used in daily life.

About this experience

This workshop is an introduction to an African dance style called Pandogo, which means, “Highlife”. It is a celebration of the movement used in daily life, and is a hybrid of the European folk dances brought to Africa by colonizers, and influenced by the indigenous movement of Ghana and Nigeria in the Ewe, Ga, and Ashanti tribes. The music is a blend of Western and African instruments and rhythms, and each step sequence is prescribed by name and number of repetitions. We welcome you to join us in this unique and accessible workshop using simple footwork and hand gestures that can be used in classrooms and studios with dancers of all ages and experiences.

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Erika MacNeil is a graduate of Claude Watson School for the Arts where she studied, among other disciplines, National Dance with Dale Hyde. She was a dance major at CWSA, Earl Haig SS and York University from 1982-1992 and became the assistant director for Dale Hyde’s Canadian Dance Tapestry in 1984, a traditional folk dance company for youth who represented Canada at international folk dance festivals until 1995. She has been an elementary public school teacher with York Region since then and is currently the librarian at Rogers PS in Newmarket, where she lives with her husband, Charlie, and two teenage children, Saskia and Lukas. Erika continues her dance studies at Body Evolution Studios and Studioxiv in Newmarket, in Contemporary, Heels and Pole/Chair Dance. You can find her on IG @hintsofgrey for more of her creative work.