what we do

Instruction & Education

Woezo Africa Music & Dance Theatre Inc. offers classes for dancers of all levels with our professionally trained instructors and choreographers. Weekly group classes teach participants technique, conditioning, expression and choreography in various African dance styles.

What we do

Our Services

With more than a decade of professional experience, we know a thing or two about dance. From private classes to weddings and festivals, we are certain to meet all your dance needs. Check out some of our services below.

Afro Active

Fitness

 

Afro Active Fitness is designed to educate participants in African dance while incorporating high intensity movements and routines to provide a full-body fitness experience. Movements that challenge flexibility, strength, balance and aerobic endurance are implemented using elements of traditional and modern African dance. Push the limits of your body and, most importantly, have fun!

Age: 16 and up



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Afrobeats

Dance

AfroBeats is a popular genre of music from West Africa and a dance style that bridges the gap between traditional and modern African dance. AfroBeats uniquely incorporates the rhythms and styles of jazz, funk, house, and hip-hop to form its signature style. This class is aimed to improve strength and coordination through a series of sequences and exercises. Get ready to break a sweat!

Age: 16 and up

Kids on

the move

Using improvisation, movement exploration and storytelling, kids will immerse themselves in the colourful world of African culture. The highly accessible dance class means that little to no dance background is required. All they need are their moving bodies and their imagination!

Age: 5-8



Private

Classes

Woezo Africa Music & Dance Theatre Inc. offers one-on-one lessons with several of our professionally trained and highly experienced dancers, providing instruction at all levels of proficiency and in a variety of African dance disciplines and styles. Each lesson is tailored to suit your skill level and goals.

Woezo Africa also offers educational programming at public and private schools and colleges catering to people of all age groups. Performances and workshops are available for pre-school, kindergarten, elementary, junior high and high school students. 

 

Wedding Entertainment
Celebrate your special day in the exuberantly African way. Woezo Africa Music & Dance Theatre Inc. will make your wedding truly unforgettable with an enchanting performance. We provide entertainment at your wedding in a number of ways from the bridal party entrance during your ceremony, to getting all the guests at your wedding moving for an interactive performance. We are well known for adding that extra little something to get everyone in the mood to dance the night away. Let's make your wedding performance an elegant, classy and lively experience your guests will never forget!
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Film &

Television

Woezo Africa offers professional choreography and dance for use in film, theatre and television media. Our instructors have worked with the CBC, CTV, and the NTA, as well as in live theatre productions and social media ad campaigns. 



Group Workshops & Guest Interaction
We are happy to work with your organization or business to arrange a workshop or performance that meets your needs. Our workshops provide a variety of arts-focused activities to help foster group bonding and push participants beyond self-perceived abilities and limitations. Businesses and organizations can expect to captivate audiences with a compelling performance in celebration of African culture. The workshop aims to provide entertainment for attendees as they celebrate the newlyweds to be. Live drumming may also be added in the session.
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Choreography & Private

Instruction

At Woezo Africa, we believe choreography is the art of designing movements with the essence of soul. Woezo Africa Music & Dance Theatre Inc. offers high quality, original choreography and private lessons for:

  • The couple’s first dance
  • Wedding reception performances featuring the couple and their family and/or friends
  • Bridal party entrances and/or performances
  • Basic dance technique for individuals wishing to access comfort and confidence on the dance floor

Bridal Shower & Bachelorette Party

Packages

Our bridal showers and bachelorette parties are known for kicking off the festivities in an unforgettable way. Our instructors will teach your group African dance basics and a short choreographed routine to start the celebrations!

Gentle bride in the morning

Upcoming Event

2020 Digital UNGANISHA

2020 Digital UNGANISHA is a multi-sensory experience showcasing the work of dynamic Calgary dancers and innovative documentary filmmakers from our live production on February 22, 2020. There are a multitude of modern dance forms that initially took inspiration from the isolated movements of Africans brought to the Americas. The interaction is often misrepresented as the best offerings of the “new world’s” culture; Tap, Hip Hop, Jazz, Step, Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Cuban among others. With the theme of the 2020 dance theatre production being “discovery,” the inspiration for UNGANISHA came from our belief in the power of art to reach people at a deep emotional level and to expand cultural and historical insights and understanding. As dance, music, theatre, film and history intersect, audiences are guided through a journey that explores the contribution that Africans and other marginalized people have made to Canadian culture.

 

 

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We Need You

Woezo Africa relies on donor support to help amplify the voices of African and Caribbean creatives in our local and global community. Your support ensures that we at Woezo Africa are able to educate and empower through our diverse programming and bold performances. Setting our 2020 UNGANISHA show in a Pay-What-You-May format provides accessible dance to those who may not otherwise have the opportunity to attend the production. Your contributions will go toward our highly anticipated 2021 UNGANISHA dance theatre production on February 27, 2021. These stories and histories build empathy and community. Join us in honouring Black History Month and spotlighting diversity in our city. Click the link below to donate.

Date: September 12, 19 & 26, 2020

Woezo Africa Cultural Festival (WACF)

Woezo Africa continues to use the combined power of arts and education to hold events that promote compassion and understanding from and for the diverse communities with whom we connect. Woezo Africa Cultural Festival (WACF) is a Feature Celebration Site for the 2020 Alberta Culture Days that engages kids and adults alike in activities that showcase the unique histories, artistic traditions and cultural expressions from the African diaspora.

Participants from all backgrounds are able to learn and share through a series of interactive activities, artisan demonstrations, live performances, workshops and more. In line with our community outreach goals, the activities have been organized in collaboration with several community organizations and groups in the Canadian-African communities in Calgary. We are excited to display the combined efforts of local artists and cultural workers in the city to offer three weekends filled with traditional African drum and dance performances, arts and crafts, vocal artists and musicians, comedians and spoken word artists, cooking sessions, educational films and a screening of the 2020 UNGANISHA dance theatre show live-streamed in the comfort of your own home!

We welcome all who are interested in celebrating African culture through our innovative multimedia programming. All youth and adult workshops and events will be open for free to the public and we will be accepting optional Pay-What-You-May donations for admission via live streaming and live audience performances.

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