There is a lot of sweat and a lot of fun when we try dances from Africa, Cuba, and Brazil, such as afro, reggaeton, Afro-Cuban, samba reggae, salsa, and hip-hop.
We deeply explore both dance styles and bodywork techniques. Therefore, you physically experience the difference between different dances. World Dance allows you to become more aware of the individual characteristics of dance styles.
We will try the traditional ritual forms of each dance and then create fusion pieces choreographed for performances. We often mix various dances with a bit of funk and have a blast letting loose to some groovy music.
It's always a party in world dance!
Michael Kirkegaard is the vice-principal who teaches World Dance. He graduated from the Free School of Higher Education in 2004. His daily work consists of pedagogical management, administration, and organisation of everyday life at school. Michael has worked at Vestjyllands Højskole since 2004 and since 2008 as vice president.
Michael's fascination with the dance lies in everything that the dance represents. Much of what we explore has African roots. These dances are deeply rooted in cultures throughout time, yet interactions with other cultures also influence them.
Rituals and religion played a significant role in the original styles; these movements tell stories that relate to everyday life. Dance developed differently in the different countries, but there are many universal features; these common elements also exist in modern Western styles. We discover these shared features and actively use them to create our own dances.