New ‘Azonto’ dance moves introduced to mark International Dance Day in Accra

The Ghana Dancers Association has launched some 11 creative ‘Azonto’ dance moves as part of activities to mark this year’s International Dance Day celebration in Accra.

Hundreds of dancers from all over Ghana thronged the Osu Oxford Street Mall on Sunday April, 29 to participate in the 3rd Annual ‘Azonto Dance Concert’, organised by Dancetera.

According to the CEO of Dancetera , Robert Klah 29th April is a day set aside to celebrate dance globally, hence the decision to participate in the global celebration here in Ghana and use the opportunity to introduce new dance moves.

“Since Ghana’s biggest contribution to the world dance syllabus is Azonto, International Dance Day is always the best time to celebrate it. This year, we are glad to use this platform to launch 11 new dance moves,” Robert Klah said.

He stated that the dance moves will showcase to the world the creativity of dancers in Ghana, and how much Azonto has grown over the years.

According to Robert Klah, although the existing Azonto moves had names, they were not officially known, and that has not been positive for the dance genre.

“From this year, when moves are created, they will be named, officially launched, with tutorials created to share with the rest of the world. And so, anyone looking to feed off the creativity of Ghanaian dancers is welcome.”

Some of the new Azonto moves introduced include, ‘Hammer Them’, ‘Precious Duade (Cassava)’, ‘Gadzola’, ‘Oj’, ‘Kupe’, ‘Akokor’, and ‘Akiti’  among others.

These dance moves, some of which have already gone viral, were demonstrated and used in choreographies on the night of the ‘Azonto Dance Concert’ at the Osu Oxford Street Mall..

Patrons present at the concert applauded the dancers throughout the night as they appreciated the dances moves.

The dance concert featured over 50 dance groups and was graced by dance enthusiasts such as Kobi Rana, Heroz Dance Crew, 4Bent, Team Alpha, Humble Stars, Rhock Stars, Xclusives, Zigi, Fakta, DFC, Loyce Entertainment from Ho, Allo Dancers from Kumasi, and many more.

The program was also used to announce the intent to make a dance movie which is to be launched during the Ghana Dance Festival 2018.

By| Ghana

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