West African Dance workshop with Lala Simpson and Simon Elwell
Friday the 18th of January at 6:30pm
Cost: Standard $30 / Early-Bird $25
Venue: Whitireia Kapiti Campus
Wear loose clothing and bring a bottle of water.
Get ready to have fun and move to the high-spirited and joyous rhythms of West Africa! Simon Elwell will be accompanying the dancers with the djembe. This workshop is for anyone who loves to dance and will be pitched at beginner-intermediate level. No experience necessary.
Lala Simpson grew up in the exotic Island of Madagascar where she was immersed in the music and dance of her homeland and Africa. She is a joyful, energetic, passionate and a very clear and patient teacher. Lala has been leading workshops for International Dance Day at Te Papa for the past seven years, has taught West African dance classes in Wellington, has led dance workshops at various festivals including Just So Family Festival.
The magic of dance is that it can express a joy that cant be captured in words. Lala Simpson captures this essence, joy radiating from her as she dances and her hair flies. She is an encouraging and a clear teacher, an earthy dancer, and a joy to be around
– Brendan Taaffe, Song Leader and Performer, USA.
Simon Elwell is a multi-talented musician and skilled drummer. He has learnt from, worked and performed with master drummers such as Mohamed Bangoura, Chris Berry, Robert Fugah and King Marong to name a few. Simon has been teaching and facilitating drumming groups in and around Wellington since 2011. He performs regularly with the percussion ensemble Kubatana, leads the drum group for Jenny Bloomfields African Dance class in Newtown.
Lala and Simon have worked together since 2013 and have taught classes and led workshops for various groups and Festivals including International Dance Day and Just So Festival. Dancing to live African drumming is an unforgettable experience and the funky rhythms will get you moving from the start.