Taught by Chicago treasure Ayo Alston, this workshop will explore the traditional movements of West African dance and music. We will move through basic technique fundamentals, building sequences while sweating hard and having fun.
This class is invigorating and stimulating to the body, mind, and soul. Let’s dance!
T. Ayo Alston teaches and practices a signature theatrical style of West African drum and dance culture that captures the strength and power of women and the community. Ayo is the Founder/Executive Director, Composer, and choreographer of Ayodele Drum and Dance, a performance training organization created for women to affirm their self-confidence and strength. Ayo is versed in many West African instruments as well as styles.
Ayo serves as an adjunct professor at Columbia College Chicago and on the Dance faculty at Chicago High School of the Arts. She has also developed drum and dance programs that are thriving in prestigious schools, such as Jones College Prep and Walter Payton College Prep, where Ayodele has trained dancers to teach and gain professional artistic skills and experience. Ayo is also a Level I certified ASA! Fitness instructor and full of vibrant colorful energy!