Dance Afrik, a high-energy, multi-generational group, is dedicated to learning, teaching, and promoting traditional African rhythms throughout the Northern Colorado community by performing live drum and dance. It’s through the kinetic conversation between the drummers and the dancers that the rhythms come alive. Our community is sustained by a deep respect for our teachers and by studying, sharing, and celebrating the rich culture of African drum and dance together. Previously known as Fale, Dance Afrik has been around since 2005 and is now guided by Godwin Abotsi as Artistic Director.
Godwin Abotsi is a Master Dancer, Drummer, & Singer from the Volta region in Ghana, West Africa, who specializes in the ten regional dances of Ghana. As a premier dancer whose craft has taken him all over Ghana and beyond, Godwin uses his expertise in traditional Ghanaian dance and music to teach students of all levels about the beauty of African sounds and rhythms. Godwin began his career at the age of 10 when he was selected for a pilot program by the National Commission on Culture. Since then, he has worked and collaborated with several groups in Ghana and abroad. He has also traveled very intensively to pursue his career. Mr. Abotsi offers dance performances, workshops, and private lessons in Ghanaian traditional dance forms and teaches a variety of rhythmic styles for both sacred and social dances. He has also developed AfroAerobics, an aerobic exercise routine. Currently living in Fort Collins, Colorado, he teaches drum and dance in our community and at CSU.
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In addition to giving performances which raise money for hosting guest teachers, members of Dance Afrik regularly teach our Sunday community classes.