In Africa, dance is much more than physical movement – it is a direct way to celebrate life and create healing. African Healing Dance is a step-by-step course on the healing tradition and expressive movements that are unique to Africa’s dance heritage. From the movements of nature and everyday life, the tribal people of Africa developed specific dances to summon the energy of the world around them into their bodies for connection and healing. Through dancing, they became the bird and the wind, the fire and the serpent.

Wyoma, the lead dancer and director of the Damballa dance troupe, teaches you the African way of moving your entire body with passion and joy, including symbolic animal and elemental gestures, demonstrations of hip, torso, and shoulder articulations, and much more. Through a DVD, she offers the instructional program you need to have a high-energy African dance class at home.

Can anyone learn these dances? “If you can talk, you can sing,” they say in Zimbabwe, “and if you can walk, you can dance.” So get ready to move—and be moved—with African Healing Dance. says to expect: Here’s a workout that’s both sweat-inducing and spirit enhancing. Wyoma starts you off with an instructional segment, where she shows you some basic African dance steps and gets you in the mood for the trancelike experience to come. The actual workout section of the DVD takes you through dances that originate from all over Africa. Although several of the segments are quite vigorous, none of them require prior experience (it does help if you have a flair for dance in general). The earthy drums and Wyoma’s instruction (she often compares the steps to animal movement) will help you get in touch with your more primal side and forget about doing everything perfectly the first time around. The point here is movement, connection — and getting a good cardio workout while you’re at it. This is mind-body-spirit cardio at its best. The DVD is in-stock on AMAZON and it can be ordered from Amazon by clicking HERE.

What do you think? Are there any other African Dance videos you think should be featured here?

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