- $15 for one admission to a 90-minute West African dance class with professional dancer Lesina Martin
- Students should bring workout clothes, but will be dancing with bare feet
- Although recommended if you have one, a Lappa (wrap skirt) is not required
- Children are welcome to attend this event
- Upon purchase, you may schedule for one of the available dates
- You must reserve your date here in advance of the event
Classes will meet at Farafina Kan in Mount Rainier, MD.
Each event is capped at 35 purchasers.
What You’ll Do
West African dance can unite people and cultures—connecting Africans to the people of the diaspora. For Lesina Martin, this is one of the key elements to practicing, and she wants to ensure everyone willing can feel the togetherness wrought by dance. During each of her classes she galvanizes hips and feet into motion with hands-on guidance and the accompaniment of a live djembe orchestra.
Learn West African Dance
Following a warmup, Lesina teaches students the key movements of the dance, breaking each down and combining them into a sequence.
Practice to Live Drums
Feel the rhythms of a djembe orchestra—a collection of up to 10 drummers—while you practice your moves.
Finish off the class by facing the drummers for a final climactic dance before cooling down and stretching.
Lesina Martin, a student of African dance from the moment she was born, took some of her first steps inside her mother’s dance classes. By age 11 she’d made her first journey to Africa—followed in time by six more educational and performance trips—and by age 15 she was already teaching classes herself. So it’s hardly surprising that her passion has blossomed into a career: she has not only co-founded the Nsaa Dance Ensemble, the first official African dance organization at Howard University, but has also participated in televised performances across the US, danced in Cote D’Ivoire’s Independence Day celebration in 2008, and become a member of Farafina Kan, a professional dance troupe in DC.