African Music & Dance

The African Music & Dance Ensemble is a practical, hands-on course focusing on several music/dance forms from Western and Central Africa with performances during and at the end of the semester. Though no previous experience with music or dance is required, we will give special attention to developing tight ensemble dynamics, aural musicianship, and a polymetric sensibility. Concentration, practice, and faithful attendance are required of each class member, the goal being to develop an ongoing UVA African Music & Dance Ensemble. 

The African Music & Dance Ensemble explores traditional music and dance forms from West Africa (Ghana, Togo). Directed by Eric Gertner, the ensemble holds several performances a year, including outreach events in the Charlottesville community. Spectators are often invited to join in the dancing and singing. The group also hosts special guests for concerts and workshops. In the spring of 2012, the Ensemble studied and performed with Midawo Gideon Foli Alorwoyie.


UVA Department of Music
112 Old Cabell Hall
P.O. Box 400176 Charlottesville, VA 22904-4176