African Mask Dance

Education Group's African Mask Dance Workshop is the second part of a two-day workshop combining mask painting and West African dance.

Especially popular during Black History Month and suitable at any time of year, every child decorates their own wooden African mask.  As dance is commonly involved in the use of African masks, day two is dedicated to our specially choreographed African Mask Dance. 

Many African societies have no extensive written culture so masked dances serve to teach people right from wrong. When a dancer wears a Dan mask he becomes the spirit of that mask. A masked dancer will speak in the language of the spirits and his words are interpreted by a wise man. 

Led by our professional dancers, the children work together as a class to learn and perform this elaborate dance.