Dances of Guinea, West Africa

When and Where

21 Apr 2018 - 7 Jul 2018 (16.5 hours, 11 weeks)
Days and times
Saturday 12:30 - 14:00
Morley College London


Full fee
Concession fee
Senior fee
Senior Fee discount not applicable

Quick Facts

Abram Diallo , Souleymane Compo
Course code

What you will learn

Music and dance have always played a fundamental part in African culture, and today these are increasingly being shared and enjoyed around the world. This course will introduce you to a selection of the traditional rhythms and dances of Guinea Conakry in West Africa, supported by live African drumming. You will learn the core movements, sequences and songs to accompany each rhythm, while having fun and improving your fitness.

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • Understand the origins and significance of each dance, and the songs to accompany the dances
  • Recognise each of the rhythms studied, and identify the breaks signalling the next set of movements in the choreography
  • Perform a choreographed sequence of movements to accompany each rhythm independently
  • Dance a short solo freestyle sequence with confidence, built on the core movements learnt for each rhythm

Class format and activities

•You will begin with a thorough warm up to prepare for the high energy class and build fitness and stamina
•You will learn individual movements through repetitive practice, following step by step demonstration and guidance from the Tutor, isolating movements of hands, head, feet, etc
•You will learn and dance a full sequence of movements, responding to the drum-breaks and tempo changes from the supporting music
•You will perform your own freestyle solo at the end of the class, in a relaxed and friendly environment
•You will have the chance to ask questions and discuss your learning with your fellow students, your Tutor and the support musician

In addition to your dance practice, study can include the use of digital resources such as film & photography, useful websites and connection with online communities of interest via social media to enhance your learning.
Dance study offers a range of benefits including being an enjoyable way to increase fitness whilst enhancing wellbeing. Dance practice at Morley can also serve to enhance skills relevant for employment by means of encouraging increased confidence, physical dexterity and concentration.

In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements. All students will have the opportunity to progress according to their own level of ability and experience, as long as they are ready to work hard and have fun!

What you need to know before you enrol

Guinean dance is high energy and requires a reasonable level of fitness. If you suffer from any pre-existing medical conditions or injuries you should seek medical advice before joining the class, and should inform your Tutor of any areas of concern.

Photography and film recording of class activities may be used in order to aid learning. These images may also be used for publicity or marketing materials produced by Morley College, both online and in print. You will have the opportunity to either confirm or decline consent to being filmed or photographed

What you will need for your class

You should wear appropriate and comfortable clothing to allow free movement. African dance is usually learned and performed bare foot, though suitable indoor footwear is acceptable.

What you can do next

You can progress and continue to study Dances of Guinea next year, amongst other traditional and world dances at Morley College.