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Dance comes to me naturally, as I enjoy the freedom of self-awareness and self-expression brought on by letting go when in trance of the moment. Endorphins are realised when dancing, therefore, providing a natural high to life full of enjoyment and reducing stress. In fact, at a conference delivered by Dr. Amen on a healthy brain, he mentioned how the best exercise for the brain is dancing (point #10 in the article).
For me, Soukouss is not only a dance form, but is an African dance, close to my heart because my ancestors migrated to Africa from India. I visited Africa several times when I was younger and saw many performances on the streets, but never really had an appreciation until I understood the art behind dancing.
Dancing is a way of life in Africa.
Soukouss originated in Congo, which is in central Africa, and is a way of life in Africa. Today, Soukouss has become the mainstream dance form of Africa and can be found in night clubs and house parties. Back in Congo, both men and women dance to Soukouss but here in the west, mainly females dance to Soukouss because it is a very sensual dance and men may not be as comfortable with the movements.
It is a dance form that allows you to be vulnerable without being sexual. Salsa, rumba, and freestyle steps make up Soukouss and the combination makes for a wild ab workout. It may not be a tribal dance, but you will always find yourself dancing amongst other dancers in a circle and in Africa, for that reason dancing becomes tribal.
A few months back I had the privilege of attending a drum café where I was introduced to Soukouss and to Jacky Essombe, who is an instructor at the Roundhouse Community Centre. Jacky is from Cameroon, on the border of West Africa and Central Africa, and came to Canada from Paris on January 1, 2000. She has always felt alive when dancing, and loved dancing so much that she turned her passion into a career. Jacky has never taken dance lessons because in Africa- the way of life is to dance and you either love it and pursue it or leave it for the streets of Africa. When Jacky arrived in Canada she made a commitment that she would share her culture with everyone and shortly realized the joy it brought her while watching everyone embrace the African style. Jacky connects dancing to a higher spiritual consciousness and finds her inspiration through the connection to the divine.
The Roundhouse is offering two six week programs for all body types and women wanting to embrace Soukouss.
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By Fatima Sumar, Roundhouse Blog Team. Fatima is a creative and passionate individual always up for a new challenge whether it be through exploring her passion for writing, or running her own businesses QueenoHearts Planners Ltd – (a wedding consulting business and fantabulous DeZigns Jewellery By Fatima Sumar– (designing and creating jewellery). She is also a social media enthusiast and is committed to excelling the Roundhouse and increasing their ROI’s on different platforms.