Henry Nsang

Afro Beat

 
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Henry Nsang  has been dancing since the age of five when he started performing at birthday parties and later transitioned to shows and cultural events.
In 2007 Mr. Nsang founded the all-male African Contemporary Dance group called Selection Naturelle at UMass Boston. His company performed at cultural shows and events all over Massachusetts at venues including M.I.T., Harvard University, Boston College, Northeastern University, Brandeis University, Babson College, UMass Dartmouth and in New York at the Alvin Ailey American School of Dance. 
In 2009 Mr. Nsang was crowned the NASO King in the 4th Annual Northeastern African Student Organization (NASO) King and Queen Pageant in which he choreographed and performed a dance for the talent portion. In 2013 he won the first Annual Alpha Kappa Alpha Mr. Ivy League Pageant at Northeastern University. In 2015 he choreographed and appeared in the music video Shale .for Cameroonian Afrobeat artists, Fluri Boyz. 
Throughout his college, graduate and post-graduate career, Mr. Nsang has choreographed and taught dance routines to over 1000 people from multiple ethnic backgrounds. He has taught African Contemporary Dance classes at the Salvation Army Recreational Center, and the Dorchester YMCA, and currently teaches an Afrobeat Workshop Series at the Dance Complex in Cambridge, MA
Mr. Nsang is passionate about dancing but more passionate about sharing his culture with others and helping people express themselves freely through dance.

 
 

CLASS DESCRIPTION

This class is designed to introduce its students to some of the different dances that have emerged from across the African continent, since the turn of the millennium. All of these dances stem from local traditional dances which have evolved over time. They have been influenced by socio-political phenomena and the virtual elimination of cultural boundaries, so much so that they have taken on a life of their own.

Students will learn the history and routines of current dances in Africa. This will permit them to learn more about the cultures and add to their arsenal of dance moves so that they can “hang” the next time they find themselves at a venue playing contemporary Afrobeat, Afrohouse or Coupee Decaler.