West African Dance - Borborbor

Charles Amewudah

West African Dance - Borborbor

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West African Dance - Borborbor with Charles Amewudah

This class will meet in person in Louisville at Louisville Nature Center. *Vaccination is required, masks may be required.

Borborbor: Learn the fundamental movements of Borborbor Dance from the Ewe people of Ghana, West Africa.

With live drumming, this class will teach you the fundamentals of traditional West African dance with an emphasis on an understanding of the accompanying drum rhythms and songs. Classes start with a thorough warm-up, followed by a sequence of movements across the floor.

In Africa, dancing goes beyond entertainment. Dance (Ceremonial) tells a story, conveys emotion, recounts history, celebrates rites of passage, and helps to unify the community. 

Dancing in Africa, specifically West Africa, is generally characterized by the people and the gender of the dancers. While some dances are gender-specific, a lot of others are gender-neutral. In general, men use large body movements, including jumping and leaping, while women dance smaller movements with much use of shuffle steps, the body in a bent position with crooked knees. African dancing can be seen in circle dance form, sometimes with musicians in the middle, or solo dancers, and sometimes couples. Ecstatic seizure is an essential element of both religious and secular African ceremonial dancing.  

What you'll learn

  • Make a connection with the Ewe history to the Borborbor dance movements.
  • Sing the lyrics of the Borborbor song with the melody.
  • Gain experience in how to execute Borborbor dance movements.
  • Know the names of the Ewe drums that accompany the Borborbor dance.
  • Recognize the Borborbor rhythm and transitions (breaks) bit.
  • Perform up to 8 Borborbor dance movements with Borborbor songs and rhythms.
  • Build stamina and endurance.
  • Participate in a West African dance class dancing Borborbor with confidence.


In this class, students will learn Borborbor dance and Borborbor drum rhythm as rendered by the Ewe people of Ghana, West Africa. The class will begin by discussing the history of Borborbor dance, the region and people who perform the dance, and when and for what occasion the dance is performed. Next is a series of demonstration videos of the natural dance movements of the Borborbor dance technique, and lastly a video with drummers playing the Borborbor rhythm.

Further, an example of the call by the drummer/cantor to begin and/or change dance movement, known as a “break” will be demonstrated. 

By the end of this session, students will know the history behind the movements in the Borborbor dance, understand the purpose of the movements, can sing the Borborbor songs, have experience in how to execute the movements, understand the rhythm and recognize the 'break" in the rhythm, and have the ability and skill to attend and participate in a West African dance class with confidence.

Who this class is for:

  • This class is for anyone who wants to learn West African dance.
  • This class is for anyone who wants to immerse themselves in Ghanaian culture and dance.
  • This class is for anyone who wants to learn Ghana and West African dance movements.
  • Kpalongo is a very approachable dance. It is for all ages, body types and sizes, and requires no previous dance experience.
  • This class is a great way to build stamina, energize and burn calories by having fun.
  • This class will benefit all dancers and dance enthusiasts.