Melinda Willis

Publication Date

Spring 1999


This project is essentially a chronicle of four weeks of private dance lessons, as I attempt to address two aspects of learning African dance: How as African teaches the dance,and how I learned it. The findings demonstrated that both the manner of teaching and the manner of learning were based on experience, and that this experience is deeply rooted in the dance traditions of the respective cultures involved. Therefore, aspects of these tradtions and differences between West African and Western movement styles are given assessment.