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In our ongoing efforts to increase the awareness of Black History Month and the public understanding of diversity and history of the African Diaspora, Woezo Africa Music & Dance Theatre will be launching UNGANISHA, a Dance Theatre Show celebrating the history and influence of African culture on modern dance on February 17, 2018. We are thrilled to be offering a glimpse at some of the city’s best dance performers and choreographers while providing an opportunity to educate audiences about the lesser-known origins of some of the most popular forms of dance. This Showcase will include Tap, Jazz, Hip-hop, Samba, Capoeira, Step dancing, Afro-Cuban, Afro-Caribbean, and Salsa.

“UNGANISHA” which means “Connect” in Swahili, will highlight the interaction of the cultures that created each dance style identifying each style as both owing to African traditions and distinctly belonging to modern popular culture. By demystifying the origins of each style, UNGANISHA hopes to create an inclusive space where participants are invited to feel connected to the story, either through their own cultural heritage or simply as active agents in the modern world. Though the historical circumstances around the origins of these styles are closely tied to colonialism and slavery (a fact that should not be forgotten), this project purposely takes a more inclusive, multicultural position, focusing on the creative possibilities that emerge when different peoples, cultures and artistic traditions intermingle.

We believe there is a need for further understanding and appreciation of the contribution that Africans and other marginalized people have made to popular culture. The more diverse Calgary becomes, the more we need cultural education in our community.

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