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African Dance Classes Taught by Wakili McNeill

Saturdays

10:30 am to Noon

1640 Columbia Rd., NW in Adams Morgan

Washington, DC

Cost: $10.00 per class

 

Description

 

The Beginning African Dance class explores traditional West African dances and rhythms. Students will learn the meaning & history of the dances as they are used in the daily lives of people on the continent of Africa. This fun and exciting class will cultivate and develop confident, creative and inspired students.

 

Goals

 

Teach African dance techniques and history to promote cultural diversity and multiculturalism

 

To encourage movement and physical health

 

To inspire self-confidence and creativity

 

 

About the Instructor

 

Wakili McNeill is the founder and Artistic Director of the Zawadi Arts and Leadership Training Institute (ZALTI)in, a community training institute located in Silver Spring Maryland. Raised in Chicago's rich multi-cultured neighborhoods, Wakili developed a strong respect and appreciation for cultural diversity. Wakili McNeill holds a Master’s degree in Social Work with a concentration in Community Development at Norfolk State University (NSU).

 

She has worked in youth development for over 10 years. Cultivating and influencing several diverse groups in Chicago, Baltimore, Virginia, Washington DC & Maryland her work has impacted both youth development professionals and young people directly in sectors such as: academic, faith- based institutions, neighborhood civic groups, city commissions, business advisory boards, and other community based groups.

 

As the Director of Youth & Community Development in Hampton, VA at Alternatives, Inc., Wakili has galvanized communities in Hampton & Newport News, VA to establish positive youth programming & youth- led advocacy. She has been instrumental in the development of several youth training tracks for national and statewide conferences.

 

Wakili has inspired non- traditional youth leaders to create positive action steps to address issues that are important in the lives of young people. As a Certified Advancing Youth Development Curriculum Facilitator, Wakili has trained youth professionals to work in partnership with young people to create positive sustainable change in the lives of young people and in the community at large. Wakili contributes her success to believing in the capacity of all people and recognizing the cultural arts as a valuable tool for empowerment.

 

 

 

For further information about the classes contact Doc Powell at 202-459-8157

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