When & Where

Suitable For

  • 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Abram Diallo
  • Course Code W21DNEM03B

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 recorded drums to create higher energy levels. You will learn the core movements, sequences and songs to accompany each rhythm, while having fun and improving your fitness. Achievement on your course will be measured by whether you meet the following learning outcomes. At the start of the course you will have an opportunity to discuss these with your tutor and set your own personal targets, linked to the learning outcomes and future goals i.e. progression to an advanced-level course.

By the end of this 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


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • 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 and your Tutor. In order to ensure you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular constructive and supportive feedback from your tutor. 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.

    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

    Excellent attendance and punctuality will be required from all students. This course will include some completion of activities outside of class time, e.g. preparation of favourite exercises to share with fellow students. 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 need

    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. The Morley College dance department provides an exciting and diverse range of term-time and short course dance study provision. Please speak to your tutor, pick up a prospectus, look at our website or contact the dance department for more information: dance@morleycollege.ac.uk