Akaraaka is dedicated to the sustained growth, development and support of African dance practice in the UK. We have several years experience in dance education, arts management and health & wellbeing. We use dance and movement to improve both mental and physical fitness for those of all ages and abilities. We celebrate and encourage the excellence within African dance cultures. Akaraaka is run by Ukachi Akalawu.
Ukachi Akalawu choreographed 'Four Corners' through a series of workshops with AkomaAsa children. The piece is a mix of West African and contemporary dance styles. The piece is a firm favourite with AkomaAsa and due to its popularity, has become one of the company's signature pieces. The soundtrack used for the piece is 'Madan' by Salif Keita.
'Four Corners' has been performed at the following events:
Our Veranda (part of Concrete Dreams) at the Royal Festival Hall, April 2018
Middlesex University symposium 'Narrating the Somatic', February 2018
UNESCO’s International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition at City Hall, August 2018
Batuke Afro-Lusa festival at Richmix, August 2018
Afro Xplo adult dance classes have come to an end!
I appreciate all the calls and emails I still receive regarding when/where classes will be starting up again, but there are no plans to do so.
I ran open classes for over 12 years in which I taught all over London. I am now in a new and exciting chapter where I am focusing on dance and performing arts training for children and young people. Thank you to the venues, dancers and friends who supported me over the years. Ukachi : )
Exerpt of 'Four Corners'. Event: 'UNESCO’s International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition 18.8.18
Video credit: Ukachi Akalawu