Dancer sharing African-inspired smooth moves
ALEXANDRA has been given some African influence from a dancer who is keen to teach others the art of her craft.
Anna Robinson moved to Alexandra a year ago after spending time in Fremantle, where she was involved with an African dance group.
She and partner Matt currently run an under-fives creative dance class, and since becoming settled, are keen to get adults involved in movement as well.
‘‘The reason African dance struck a chord with me, is it’s powerful, seductive and for real people.
‘‘It’s something that involves live percussion which adds a different dynamic to it,’’ she said.
Originally someone who didn’t have the confidence to get up in front of crowds of people, Anna’s life changed after performing in Perth professionally.
‘‘People loved to watch us perform . . .
‘‘Perth has quite a strong African community and there are a lot of performers living there,’’ she said.
As well as performing, she then carried on instructing, got involved in choreography and costume design before the couple decided to head home and settle with their family.
Originally brought up near Wyndham in Southland, she and her two sisters were thrown into classical and modern dance from a young age, and from there her interest grew. ‘‘I started loving it, and then got more into the jazz side of it,’’ she said.
Now specialising in West African dance, she describes it as flamboyant, earthy and centred around the hips - ‘‘with heaps of stamping your feet’’, she said.
‘‘The good thing about African dance is it follows the drums.’’ Those interested in giving it a go can sign up to her introductory class at the Thyme Festival next Monday (November 15).
‘‘African dance is for anyone with a love of the drum. There is no discrimination for size or ability.’’
The under-fives creative dance group is held every Monday at Central Stories Museum from 9.45am.
Sharing lessons: Dancer Anna Robinson with partner Matt Lahood and their children Coco, 3, and Remi, 9, months.