Family ARTSventure! Manga African Dance
The Cultural Arts Council Douglasville/Douglas County (CAC) invites you to get ready to dance in your living room with your family this Friday morning, as the Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville/Douglas County brings you “Rhythm in Motion” from the one-and-only enchanting Ramatu Afegbua-Sabbatt. You’ll be able to watch the performance (which would normally be performed within Douglas County schools and Douglas County libraries) from the comfort of your home, and at the convenience of time that suits your schedule. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to have our Family ARTSventure program brought directly to you on our facebook page on Friday, May 1 at 10:00 am, @ https://www.facebook.com/cac.dville/
On Friday, May 1st Ramatu Afegbua-Sabbatt will guide you through cultural significance in every move and begin to ingrain in you the magic of moving to the drum beat. She “dances” a story that compares the similarities of dances from West Africa, Central Africa, the Caribbean, the new world, and beyond. A “Drum Call” song is followed by demonstrations of social dances such as the “market place” dance from the Congo as well as Reggae dances, mixed up with Modern Hip-Hop and many others.
Despite restraining circumstances due to Covid-19, the CAC has worked with the artist, Ms. Afegbua-Sabbatt, to push through restraints in order to bring the arts to the community where they can be entreated to the joys of the arts and the healing of mind, body, soul, and spirit that are found in dancing, music, arts, and culture. The Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville/Douglas County aspires to inspire, no matter the difficulties that may come.
Ramatu Afegbua-Sabbatt relocated to the U.S. from Nigeria and single-handedly expanded the cross-cultural landscape on both local and international levels when she founded the dynamic non-profit organization “Manga African Dance” in 1990. Her organization was featured in the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1996 Olympic Games. She started the Annual Dance and Drum Conference in 2000, a campaign against childhood obesity in 2004, and a Black History Concert for the U.S. State Department at the U.S. Embassy in Abuja in 2012.
Funding for this program is made possible by Georgia Council for the Arts, Georgia Power, and Douglas County Economic Development Authority. Follow us for future opportunities with our Family ARTSventures! Program, stay updated on our website at Artsdouglas.org.
The Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville/ Douglas County, located at 8652 Campbellton Street in historic downtown Douglasville, Georgia, is open Mondays through Fridays, 9 am to 5 pm. For directions and more information, visit www.artsdouglas.org or contact the Cultural Arts Council at 770.949.2787.