dance teachers

Afro beats Dance sampler With Jerry One 

Meet our dance instructors and presenters For Akwaaba dance retreat

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Jerry One is a dancer, choreographer and dance instructor from Ghana, West Africa. He is the C.E.O. and founder of Palm Dance Company in Ghana. He specializes in traditional Ghanaian dance, contemporary dance, Hip-hop and Afrobeat dance. He choreographs music videos and is a trendsetter in this industry. His dance lesson’s will get you ready to showcase your moves in any African club, party or social occasion.

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Mr. Jason Otoo is a graduate student the University of Cape Coast, where he is currently an MPhil student in Ethnomusicology, and Demonstrator with the Department of Music and Dance.  As the first divisional chief in the Valco Hall traditional council in 2016-2017, he goes by the stool name Kronti Hene Nana Owusu Kyeretwie. He has a successfully established dance company, "THE ODIKRO ROYALS DANCE COMPANY", and is well versed in traditional and contemporary Ghanaian dance styles and their related historical references.

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Musa Ali is a Ghanaian dancer with Elmina Dance Ensemble and Kroye Dance Theater in Cape Coast Ghana. He is a performer, traditional dancer and dance teacher. He specializes in breaking down complex dance choreography into easy to follow movements.

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Agenes Acquah is a young and vibrant dance instructor from Cape Coast Ghana. She is the lead female performer in the Odikro Royals Dance Company. Her many years of experience in Ghanaian indigenous dances has paved a path for her to effectively instruct classes and engage with beginners, intermediate learners and advanced dancers.

conference presenters

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Dr. De-Valera Botchway is a University of Cape Coast professor of social and cultural history of Africa and African Studies. He has presented at several International Conferences and Universities on African creative arts. He is a social and intellectual activist and a Pan Africanist. He brings to this conference a rich knowledge of the historical inter-connectedness of Afrobeats, hip life and hip hop. 

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Olubayo Jackson is the founder of the Akwaaba Dance And Healing Retreat and Akwaaba Dance LLC. The Akwaaba dance LLC is an entertainment and educational company whose mission is to provide dance workshops, performances, classes, curriculum and films that connect African dance to the diaspora. Olubayo has studied West African Dance for 15 years, along with Congolese and Caribbean dance forms. She is the creator of Akwaaba Dance Project and the Ring shout documentaries. She currently teaches dance to more than 400 elementary school students in New York City.
 

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Reginald Myres Abeku Sackey is a native of Winneba in the Central Region of Ghana. He is a product of School of Performing Arts, University of Ghana. Currently he's a lecturer at the Department of Music and Dance, University of Cape Coast. Reggie, as he is  affectionately called, is a researcher, choreographer and ethnomusicologist.

Healer

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Dr. Dean Nefer, Seneb El (DC, NMT, BS) uses Seneb Neuromuscular Rehabilitation techniques and Chiropractic techniques to realign spinal structures that can cause nervous system interference. He provides massage, adjustments, stretching and other healing modalities in a serene setting by the ocean. 

Yoga

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Isaac Nabila (Daya Singh) is a student of the University of Cape Coast studying anthropology. He has been a vegan for over 15 years and has practiced Kundalini yoga for the past 13 years. He teaches yoga across Ghana and owns a vegan restaurant where he is a chef specializing in vegan Indian dishes and vegan Ghanaian local dishes. He also provides vegan cooking lessons.