Traditional African Dance: Beginners Class

This one hour experience, for beginners, will introduce you to the beauty of traditional Afrikan dance. In the workshop, your attention and energy will be brought to every part of your body, waking up the senses and improving your outlook.

Afidance's master drummer will use the beat of the drum to guide you through the experience. The drums play a key part in not just controlling the dance, but the providing the context and feeling of where these dances originated. These biorhythms connect you with your mind and body, giving you tools to cope with the day-to-day stresses of living. You'll be dancing to drums that originate from all over Africa – Djembe from Senegal, Kpanlogo from Ghana and more.

What to expect:

  • A warm-up that helps you get used to the movements
  • Building strength in parts of the body that can often go ignored
  • Your host Rubba guiding you as you get more comfortable with the moves
  • Learning a feel-good routine
  • A final full run-through of the moves and skills you’ve discovered in a collaborative routine
  • A cool down and a moment of silence to thank the ancestors that guide you

Beginners classes run every Wednesday from 6pm -7pm

Minimum fitness level required.

Age restrictions: 15+

Adult (Single Participant) £12
Student £8

What people are saying

Martha Pedler
Jan 2023

So much fun! The teacher was so joyous and full of life, and dancing to the live drumming was gre...

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Louise Porter
Jun 2022

Amazing experience I loved trying g something new.

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Asta Medisauskaite
Apr 2022

It was an amazing experience. My friend and I really enjoyed it! Shame we live far away and not a...

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How to get there


  • Toilets
  • WiFi
  • Baby changing
  • Adult changing
  • Family friendly
  • Wheelchair accessible

COVID-19 guidelines

  • All guidelines in place at the time will be adhered to

On the day

  • Beginners classes run every Wednesday from 6pm -7pm
  • It's compulsory to dance barefoot
  • Please bring water and wear comfortable sports clothes

Changes happen, don't worry

How to change dates
Change of plans? You can easily rebook the next available slot up to 30 days before your experience.
How to get a refund
Can't make it? We understand things happen! You can cancel and get a full refund up to 30 days before your experience.
Please note that this refund policy does not apply to gift bookings. You may reschedule your gift if outside the time period stated above. However, all gifts are non-refundable and expire exactly 1 year after the date of purchase.

You'll be hosted by

Norman "Rubba" Stephenson

Norman Stephenson, affectionately known as Rubba (elastic band!), is an Afrikan/global dance extraordinaire, celebrated performer and teacher. Rubba picked up his nickname as a 16-year-old, dancing in the streets of Bristol. His spiritual approach, fluid technique, rubber-like flexibility, supple movements and graceful style of dancing has endeared him to audiences, fellow dancers and students all over the world.

Rubba cultivates a feeling of pride and belonging in those who attend his experiences. He uses his 37 years of teaching Afrikan dance to introduce this art to others with the right spirit and essence.

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