African Dance (Umfundalai)

Instructor(s): Dara Stevens-Meredith

Level: Beginner

Umfundalai is a contemporary African dance technique that comprises its movement vocabulary from dance traditions throughout the Diaspora.  The literal word, Umfundalai, means “essential” in Kiswahili.  Much like the late Katherine Dunham, Kariamu Welsh, Umfundalai’s progenitor, has designed a stylized movement practice that seeks to articulate an essence of African – oriented movement or as she describes, “an approach to movement that is wholistic, body centric and organic.” 

With live drumming students will be fully immersed in the magic of Umfundalai technique.


Length: 14 Classes

Location: Shipley Street Studio