Dancer shar­ing African-in­spired smooth moves

Central Otago Mirror - - ENTERTAINMENT - By AIMEE WIL­SON

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.

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