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December 23, 2008

Need Therapy? Try African Dance!

I’ve met a sagacious Ghanaian dance professor at the University of Colorado named Nii Armah Sowah. He has opened the eyes of many wealthy, uptight white American college students to the possibilities of a therapeutic, truly supportive community. He does this through movement and song in his African dance and singing classes.

Most therapy in the US, especially of the Freudian persuasion, finds most success by focusing greatly on the  individual. We often think about our growth, development, and change simply in the context of our own personal sphere. But in many areas of the African continent, traditional therapy has its emphasis on the community instead. For me, the effects of this change of focus have been immensely fulfilling. 

By getting dancers and singers out of their heads, and focusing on the beauty of group cultivation, Nii Armah teaches important human skills. I myself have learned selflessness, openness, responsibility, love, tolerance, compassion, confidence, emotional strength, physical strength, humor, how to be supportive, how to seek support, how to connect with the earth, how to connect with my fellow man…the list goes on. Nii Armah’s spirit and enthusiasm for the human potential are just the antidote to our technology and materialism driven isolation from one another.  

If you would like to register for Nii Armah’s singing class in Boulder, visit 1000-voices.com

Here are some resources for community dance classes

Maputo’s African Dance Class video. 

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afroenergydance Sep 9, 2009 7:47am

Welcome the New Age of Dance as a Healing Tool…Let the Mother..Africa bring us back to our Dancing Roots..Welcome the dance of life to help us flow easily through the trials and tribulations of life….The heart beat of the drum brings us home…

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