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Dancehall & Afrobeat Dance Workshop with Ms. Yvonne

Have you ever made a dance fusion? Explore dancehall and afrobeat movements with Lincoln Center teaching artist Ms. Yvonne and then bring these forms together!

AIRED: January 23, 2021 | 0:24:16

Hi, everyone.

My name is Ms. Yvonne, and I'm a dance teacher

for Lincoln Center Education.

And I'm so excited to have you guys dance with me today

for our lesson.

We're going to be discovering Dance Hall versus Afrobeat,

focusing on the fusion of these two dance styles together,

so I hope you're ready.

Before we get started, here's what you need.

Some space.

You might also want to grab some water.

And then you can be wearing sneakers like me.

Or you can be dancing barefoot, OK?

So take a second to grab what you need.

And remember that you can always modify any of the moves

that we're doing today to fit your body the best.

So before we jump into it, let's go over our agenda.

We're going to start off first us

by doing a quick little warm up, so we

can get our bodies nice and warm and ready.

After that, we're going to learn some Dancehall steps

and we'll practice them.

Then we'll learn some Afrobeat steps and we'll practice them.

And then we're going to use those steps,

put them together, and create our own fusion dance for today.

I hope you're ready.

I hope you're giving me some thumbs up I'm

ready to jump right into it.

So let's get to our warm up.

Here we go.

Just bounce it out.

So we're doing our warm up, getting

ourselves ready to dance today.

We're just going to tap it out right here.

I'll show you guys a few move and we can get started.

We can get grooving.

So now you're going to just tap your foot to the front.

Heel to the front.

Just tapping it out.

make sure you have a nice little bounce.

Keep your knees bent, so you can try

to be grounded to the ground.

And just rock it out.

Or even if you're not doing the lower part of the body,

if you can just have a little bounce

to the upper part of your body.

You'll be good to go.

Tap it out again on the sides.

Tap it out.

You got it.

Keep going.

Walk it over to the side, here we go.

Walk it over.

Other side.

Walk it over.


Let's do a few jumping jacks.

Let's throw those in there.

Here we go.

Jump it out.




A few more.

Five, six, seven, eight.

Breathe it up.

[INHALES] And down.

[EXHALES] One more time.

Breathe it up.

[INHALES] And down.


All right, so that was our warm up.

I hope you guys are up and ready to go.

Let's get ready to jump to the first section for today.

Which is going to be Dancehall.

Here we go.

79 00:02:29,913 --> 00:02:30,580 All right, guys.

Let's jump right into learning those Dancehall steps.

Dancehall is a dance style that comes from Jamaica.

And it was created by different artists

who created dance steps to go with the music of that time.

One big artist that you should definitely know is Bogle.

His name is Gerald Levy.

He was born Gerald Levy.

But his artist name was Bogle.

And he created a ton of different songs

in the Dancehall genre.

And all of those songs have different dance steps and moves

that go with them.

So we're going to learn a few today.

I hope you're ready.

Join me here.

The first one we're going to start off with

is called the Wave.

We already did the lower part of the body, the steps when

we were doing our warm up.

To do the Wave, we're going to just step forward and just

tap our heel forward.

That's all you do with the lower part of your body.

Make sure your knees are somewhat bent, slightly bent.

You don't want this that you have straight legs.

So bend your knees a little bit and just tap your heel

to the front.

So now, with the upper part of your body,

we're going to be just making loose fists

and bringing that arm up and over our--

up and around.

Up and around.

Up and around.

Now, with this, we want to focus on opposition.

Opposition is when you have the opposite lower limb moving

from the upper body, OK?

So if I'm moving the upper half of my body, my right arm,

that means that my left foot is going to be out.

If I'm moving my left arm, that means my right foot

is going to be out.



There you go.

Let's try to put it all together here.


We have the lower body with the upper body,

the feet tapping forward with the heel,

and the arm just coming up over.

Five, six, seven.

And we go over, and two, and three, and four.

Now, this dance step is called the Wave,

so you also want to add another element

in there, which is moving your actual torso as you're

doing this step.

And giving a nice little roll and waving through.


Let's try that one more time.

Five, six, seven, and wave and wave and wave and wave.

All right, you got it.

Moving onto our next step.

Step number 2 is called the Willie Bounce.

Once again, we already did some of the footwork earlier

today in our warm up.

So you're already ahead of the game.

For the Willie Bounce, you're going to open up your legs,

bend your knees.

And your feet, you want to make sure

you keep your toes facing forward

as we tap each foot right underneath itself.


That's what the lower body is doing, tapping it out.

Tap it out.

Tap it out.

Tap it out.

Now, your upper body.

We're going to be swinging an arm across and hooking it, OK?

You're gonna swing and hook, swing and hook.

Swing and hook.

Swing and hook.


Let's see if we can pull all that together.

Once again, still working with opposition.

That means that if I am tapping my left foot, I step on it.

Then I'm going to tap my right foot.

And that means that I'm going to also bring my right arm over

to the left side and give it a little hook.

OK, so try it with me.

Five, six, seven, and one and two and three and four.

All right, and that's the Willie Bounce.

Now that leaves one more step we're going to learn today.

Our third and final step for our Dancehall steps

is going to be Skip to my Lou.

Skip to My Lou, you want to focus on keeping a zig--

zag-- pat-- --tern.


This dance step moves you forward and back.

But you're not walking in a straight line.

You're moving in a zig zag pathway.

So however you get there, it's fine.

As long as you keep the zigzag.


The step is called Skip to my Lou, so we'll be skipping.

But if you want to roll there, that's fine.

If you want to hop there, that's fine.

Even if you want to run there, that's fine.

As long as you stay with the music.

We're going to take a step forward in a zigzag formation.

And take one step forward, one in diagonal.

Then you're going to take another step forward

on diagonal.

And then you're just going to reverse it and move backwards.

Move back on the diagonal, stepping together.

And then move back the other way, stepping together.

It's like you're taking a little skip.

We call it skip because the music is fast.

So you're not going to have all this time to step and settle

into place.

You're going to have to move fast.


So try it with me.

Here we go.

Five, six, seven, and one and two and three and four and five

and six and seven and eight and.

Did you make it?

OK, we're going to try that one one more time.

It can be a little tricky at first.

But once again, remember that you

want to keep that zigzag pattern happening.

You're zigging and zagging forward.

Then you're zigging and zagging backwards.

You're zigging and zagging closer to me.

And you're going to zig and zag farther away from me.

Here we go.

Try it again.

Five, six, seven, and one and two and three and four and five

and six and seven and eight and.

All right.

I think that that was it.

Which means it's time to practice.

So I'm going to put some music on.

We're going to try all three of those steps.

Starting off with the Wave.

Then doing the Willie Bounce, and going right into Skip

to My Lou.

If you're ready, give me a thumbs up.

And let's hit these steps.

Here we go.


So first, just start to feel the beat with me.

Get ready for our first step, which is the Wave.

Here we go.

Five, six, seven, eight.

Bring your arm up and over.


There you go.


You got it.

Willie Bounce here we go.

Nice and easy.

Just tapping it out.

Get ready to Skip to my Lou.

Here we go.

And skip.

Keep going.


then back.

Forward, then back.

Let's take it from the top.

There you go, wave it out.

You got it.


Willie Bounce.

Here we go.

Willie Bounce.

You got it.

Swing that arm up and over.

Hey, get ready to skip.

Here we go.

And skip.


You got it.


262 00:08:58,800 --> 00:08:59,300 All right.

Those are our Dancehall steps.

If you need to go back in the video and practice them,

feel free to rewind.

Practice those steps.

Get them down.

And get ready to learn some new steps.

Because next, we're doing Afrobeat.

Here we go.

We learned our Dancehall steps.

Now we're going to switch gears a little bit, hop on the flight

and go over to Africa.

So we can check out a couple different countries

and explore a new style of dance.

There's a new style of dance we're going to talk about now.

It's called Afrobeat.

It originates from different countries in Africa.

It's a modernized African music.

And all the songs, similar to Dancehall, all of the songs

have different dances that go with them.

We're going to start off first by hopping over to Nigeria,

and learning a dance called Shaku Shaku.

You can do this dance sitting or standing up.

Whatever you're comfortable with.

I'll show you guys the hands and the arms.

And if you want to add a lower body component, you can.

but to start us off, we're going to pretend like we're talking

to our friend on the phone.

So one of our hands is going to put our thumb out

and our pinky finger out and make a phone.

Then the other thing is going to be a nice loose fist.


And you're going to pretend like you're talking on the phone,

as you have your arm stretched out in front of you,

you're going to talk on the phone.

Then you're going to hang up and then

you're going to talk some more.

Then you're going to hang up.

Then you're going to talk some more.

Then you're going to hang up.

That's basically Shaku Shaku.

You can do it as a whole beat.

Or you can even mix up the timing and make it a triplet.

I'll show you what I mean by that.

If we're going to do it as a whole beat,

we would talk on the phone and hang up.

And talk on the phone and hang up.

And talk on the phone then hangup.

Then talk on the phone, then hang up.

Now, if we make it a triplet, we will speed up just a tad,

and do it like this.

One, two, three.

One, two, three.

One, two, three.

One, two, three.

Those are basically the arms.

Sometimes we get really excited when we're doing this step.

So this hand shakes a little bit.

You can do that too.

You can add your own personality and flair onto it.

All that's superfine.

Now, if you want to add a lower body component onto it,

I'mma show you what that would look like now.

326 00:11:20,310 --> 00:11:21,530 All right.

If you want to add a lower body component onto your Shaku Shaku

step, all you're going to do is just lean

to put your weight on one foot as you

pop the heel of the other foot.

All my weight is on this foot here.

And I'm only on the ball my feet on this foot.

Then, when I switch my arms, when

I go to cross my hand over, I'm going to switch my weight

and now go all the way on the other foot

as I'm pressing onto the ball of my foot on this foot OK?

So when we're going to put it all together,

it would look like this.

One, two, then three, four.

Five, six, seven, eight.

One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight.

That's our first step, Shaku Shaku, from Nigeria.

Next, we're going to keep it moving.

And we're going to go to all the way down to South Africa,

for our next step, which is called Gwara Gwara.

This step, you want to almost pretend

like you're knocking your knee down.

But you're not actually going to touch your knee.

You're just going to make a downward motion with your fist.

And it's going to pretend like you're hitting down.

And we're going to pretend like that knocking your knee down.

I'll show you what it looks like.

With one hand, you want to make a fist, extend your arm.

And you want to bend, bend, bend, bend.


You're bending your elbow and your wrist.

And your fists are going down, down, down, down.

Now, with the lower half of your body,

you're going to take the knee on the same side

that you have your hand up one.

Every time your fist comes down, you're

going to also bend your knee in.

Like I said, it's like you're almost hitting your knee down.

Every time this hand comes down it's like, hit, hit.

And that's making that action happen there.

With this step, you can play around with levels.

You can play around with sides.

It's a lot of fun.

But that's basically Gwara Gwara.

Let's try it together.

Here we go.

Five, six.

Five, six, seven, and one and two and three and four.

Other side.

One and two and three and four.

That's Gwara Gwara, from South Africa.

Now, last but not least, we're going to hop on over to Ghana

and learn a new dance step called Pilolo.

So Pilolo is from Ghana.

It's a really, really fun dance style made up by an artist.

He put it to the music.

Now it's like, it's taking over everywhere.

When we do this step, it is going

to travel from side to side.

Similar to how we had our Dancehall step, Skip to my Lou,

went forward and back on the zigzag pathway,

this step, Pilolo, is just going to travel

right and left, side to side, in a straight pathway.


However you get there, whether you're

walking, running, rolling, how you get there is fine.

The main part of this step is the pivot, is the turn.

When you turn to go the next direction.

I'll show you what I mean by that.

So when we start this step, we're

actually going to start with a sharp turn.

And we're going to have our hands in front of us.

Pretend like you're holding onto something.

Whenever you're holding onto it, you're holding onto it

and you're using whatever you're holding onto,

to turn you to the side.

I'm going to grab.

I'm going to turn myself to the side.

As I turn myself to the side, I'm

kicking this foot up, the foot that's closer to you,

closer to the camera, and kicking it up

and then it take three steps.

One, two, three.

As you notice, this foot is in front.

This last step is actually going to be my step

to get ready to turn me around the other way.

Turn, and take three more steps.

One, two, three.

Now we're going to turn again.


One, two, three.

We're going to go one more time.


one, two, three.

So you're really going to make sure

that turn is nice and sharp.

And then you can bounce out and rock out

as you're taking your steps.

You can make it your own.

Show off your personality.

But the biggest thing is that that turn is nice and sharp

Like I said before, whether you're hopping, rolling,

skating, however you want to get from side to side, that's fine.

As long as that turn is nice and sharp,

you're going to be doing the Pilolo.

Let's try it together.

Five, six, seven and one, two, three, four.

And five, six, seven.

One more time.

One, two, three, four.

Then five, six, seven, eight.


So we learned all three of our Afrobeat steps

that we're going to learn today.

So I think it's time to try to put it together.

So first, we're going to do Shaku Shaku, which

is from Nigeria.

Then we're going to go down to South Africa,

do some Gwara Gwara.

Then hop back over to Ghana, to do Pilolo.

So let's put on some music and try it.

Here we go.

Three, two, three, four, five, six, seven.

Here we go.

And five, six, five, six, seven, here we go.


(SINGING) Baby, you can give it up to me.

Don't play me, please stop teasing.

Stop playin, baby, stop teasin.

Gwara Gwara.

Here we go.

(SINGING) Your body's so tempting, hey.

Did you know you're a blessing?


Other side.

(SINGING) I'm the guy, I'm too saucy.

Here we go, give it to me.

Pilolo, here we go.

(SINGING) 'Cause the sauce be drippy, drippy.


(SINGING) I'm too drippy, drippy.

I'm saucing, I'm saucing, I'm saucing on you.

Now do your Shaku Shaku Shaku.

(SINGING) Too lit here too litty, little.

I'm saucing, I'm saucing, I'm saucing on you.

Gwara Gwara.

And other side.



(SINGING) Baby, your body's driving me crazy.

Be mine, come be my lady.

Be mine, come be my lady.

I'm way too saucy--

All right, guys.

Those were our Afrobeat steps.

Feel free to rewind the video, practice them all again.

And get ready to put it together for our fusion dance.

Here we go.

All right, Guys so we learned some Dancehall steps

and practiced them.

Then we learned some Afrobeat steps and we practiced though.

Now we're going to focus on combining these two together.

Because they both have roots in Africa.

They both have these different rhythms and stories

that go along with all the songs that also,

for all these movements, there's different songs that

go with the steps.

Hopefully you guys learned some similarities between two

different dance styles.

And you'll be excited to try to put your own little fusion

and mash up together.

So let's first practice our combination.

Then we'll talk about how we're going

to do the fusion at the end.

We're going to start with our Dancehall steps.

Starting off with the Wave.

You'll do four sets of the Wave.

Two, three, four.

We'll just do it four times, two on each side.

After that, we're going to go right

into our next step, which is the Willie Bounce,

and take it over four times.

One, two, three, four.

After that, we'll go right to Skip to my Lou.

One and two and three and four and five and six,

seven and eight.

We'll do it again, so you can really get into it.

Six, seven, eight.

Then we're going to transition over to our Afrobeat steps.

Starting off with Shaku Shaku.

Reach across.


Reach across.

Then hey.

Reach across.

Then hey.

Reach across.

Then hey.

Go right into your Gwara Gwara, two.

We'll do it on both sides.

Other side.

One, two, three, four.

Then get ready to do your Pilolo.

We'll do this four times.



Now, it's time to create your own fusion step.

What I want you to do is pick your favorite dance

step that we practiced today, your favorite dance

step that we learned today and went over.

Pick your favorite.

We're going to figure out how we can add something else to it.

So it might be something from one of the other steps

that we learned today.

It might be your own thing.

That's perfectly fine.

It's all about just bringing two different things together

and fusing them together in a way

so that it would be a seamless connection.

You're creating a whole new dance step.

For today, I'm going to experiment

and explore with my own fusion.

I'm going to take that first step that we do

in our dance called the Wave.

So we know the Wave looks like this,

as you're tapping your heel forward and bringing

your arm up over and around.

But I wonder what happens if maybe I change the arms.

So let's see what that would look like.

We're going to keep this lower half of the body,

with the heel stepping forward.

But maybe I'll take the crossing motion from Shaku Shaku

and go here.




Now, we have a whole new dance step.

What happened if we did it in reverse?

Let's see.

Let's keep the upper body. this time, of the wave.

But instead of doing the tap of the heel,

let's switch our lower half of the body

to the weight shifting from the Shaku Shaku dance.

So as we're just leaning side to side like this,

that's what the lower half of the body is doing.

Then we can take our arm over from the Wave.


Those are two different ways that we

were able to fuse two steps together.

And they were completely different.

But they're both fusion.

I want you to take time now to try and experiment

with different steps.

See what you want to mix together, what

feels fun, what feels cool.

See what you want to blend together.

There's no wrong answer.

Try it.

You can pause the video and try a few things.

You can even try my steps that I made up.

Then we're going to see if we can put it all together

and do the whole thing together.

And ending with our own fusion step.

So just to go over it one more time,

we're going to start of with our Dancehall steps.

The Wave first.

After that, go to the Willie Bounce.

Then we'll end with Skip to my Lou,

before we hop into our Afrobeat steps, Shaku Shaku, Gwara


Then ending with Pilolo.

598 00:21:38,400 --> 00:21:41,010 Then you do your own fusion step.

If you're ready, give me a thumbs up.

And I think we're just going to do it.

I think you guys got this.

All right, here we go.

Let's put on some music and make magic happen.

All right, guys.

We're ready to practice now.

We're going to do our Afrobeat-Dancehall fusion.

Going to our Dancehall steps first

and then our Afrobeat steps and then ending with our fusion.

Here we go.

Five, six, seven, and.

(SINGING) Drippy, too drippy, drippy

Four times.

(SINGING) I'm saucing.

I'm saucing on you.


Skip to my Lou.

(SINGING) We're too litty, litty.

Too litty.

Do it one more time.

(SINGING) I'm saucing.

I'm saucing.

You got it.

(SINGING) I'm saucing in on you.

Here we go, Shaku Shaku.


Two more times.

628 00:22:30,280 --> 00:22:32,720 Next is Gwara Gwara.


(SINGING) Your body's driving me crazy.

Other side.

(SINGING) Be mine, come be my lady.

Hey. hey.



(SINGING) Way to saucy.

Now be mine.


Two more times.

And now to your own fusion step.

Here we go.





(SINGING) I'm saucing.

I'm saucing.

I'm saucing on you.

You got it.

There you go.

(SINGING) Too litty, litty.

You got it.


(SINGING) I'm saucing.

I'm saucing on you.


(SINGING) 'Cause this sauce be drippity-drip.

All right.

I hope you guys enjoyed that Afrobeat-Dancehall fusion.

I had a ton of fun going over these steps with you guys,

teaching you guys these steps, sharing

a little bit about culture.

And then also, exploring and creating our own

steps together.

So I hope that you continue to explore and try new things.

Feel free to mash up any steps you want.

Create your own fusion.

Most of all, keep dancing.


My name is Ms. Yvonne, and I'm signing out.


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