Saturday, July 27th
Experience a day of traditional Mozambican dance and Afro Swing! Our teachers Elias, Augusto and Eugenio are members of Hodi Maputo Afro Swing, a collective of professional dancers and musicians based in Maputo, Mozambique.
Lindy Hop and other Swing dances are deeply rooted in African traditional dances. During this day you will learn both Mozambican traditional dance, Afro Swing and about the connection of the two.
As in previous years their Europe summer tour includes teaching in Herraeng Dance Camp, giving workshops and performing in Sweden, Germany, Belgium and France. On Saturday July 27th they are giving their only workshop in the Netherlands in Maastricht!
The workshop will consist of two parts:
11:00-13:00 Traditional Mozambican dances, accompanied by live drums and mbila (xylophone)
[13:00-14:30 Lunch break]
14:30-16:30 Afro Swing
Venue: Fanfarezaal Sint Servatius, St. Theresiaplein 18, 6213 CA Maastricht.
We are also planning a party at night including a live dance and music performance by Elias, Augusto and Eugenio. Details to be announced!
|Early Bird until July 13th
|Normal price from July 14th
About the teachers:
Eugenio is the chief choreographer and artistic director of Hodi Maputo Afro Swing as well as one of its founding members. Since the organisation was founded in 2014 he has trained dancers and created choreographies with up to 50 dancers on stage. His choreographies have been performed by Hodi’s dancers in different parts of the world, e.g. South Africa, Sweden, Germany, China and Brazil.
Elias and Augusto Manhiça (Gemêos Manhiça / The Manhiça Twins)
The two brothers are among the founding members of Hodi Maputo Afro Swing. They have been singing, playing instruments, composing and dancing since they were children. Augusto is the musical director of the organisation and Elias is the president. They are also the founders of Banda Hodi, a band with rising popularity in Mozambique playing a fusion of modern and traditional music.
Hodi Maputo Afro Swing
Founded 2014, Hodi Maputo Afro Swing is a non-profit cultural association of about 30 professional dancers and musicians who work for the preservation, research and dissemination of Mozambican traditional dance, music and traditional instruments as well as African American Swing Dances. Hodi artists have participated in major international dance
festivals in China, Macau, Sweden, Belgium, South Africa, Brazil and the USA. They have also participated, performed and taught at international Lindy Hop festivals and events, such as Herrang Dance Camp (Sweden), Mother City Hop (South Africa) and Frankie 100 (US).
Every year they host the event Mozambique Afro Swing Exchange where dancers from all over the world come to Mozambique to learn traditional and contemporary Mozambican dances as well as Afro Swing. Their youth programme ‘Hodi Afro Swing Kids’ supports the next generation of professional dancers by teaching them traditional Mozambican dances and Swing.
Get a taste of their work here: