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Interview of Sarah Brucy, Zil’oKA’s Arstistic Director and Gwoka Workshop Manager

Posted in Workshop, Ziloka News with tags , , , , , on February 10, 2014 by ziloka

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Ahead of the 5 weeks Gwoka workshops starting on Thursday 13th of February, Zil’oKA wanted you to meet Sarah, our Artistic Director.

Bonjour Sarah! How are you today?
Bonjour! I’m fine, always busy as usual but I’m loving it!

Before discussing about Gwoka, how long have you been living in London for, and what do you think about the city?
I’ve been in this country for 4 years! London is a great place to study, to have fun and to meet new people. It’s an unforgettable experience!

Why did you join Zil’oKA when you arrived?
When I arrived in London I really wanted to find some French Caribbean activities, something that would get me close to my roots. Luckily I found Ziloka and the French traditional dancing. Couldn’t find better!

“I never knew anything about it until the day my mum decided to bring me to a Gwoka dance class with Mario Coco”


How long have you been involved in Gwoka for?
I’ve been involved in Gwoka for more then 11 years now. I never knew anything about it until the day my mum decided to bring me to a Gwoka dance class with Mario Coco, a very famous dancer and Director of the well-known Sakitaw dance troup in Guadeloupe. Since that day, I can’t live without Gwoka.

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Now tell us a bit about the workshop? what will we learn if we attend?
The workshop will be 5 weeks session based on dance and Gwoka music. The whole session will be conducted like typical classes, where I will teach the basics and different Gwoka steps. I you join you will be able to know what Gwoka is and the 7 rhythms background and where it is coming from.
We will focus on 2 rhythms though as 5 weeks is quite short; will practice them so we know how and when to dance these.
We will also spend some time on technique and mouvement.

“Classes are an introduction to Gwoka so we will take time to get things right, but you will be challenged in a fun atmosphere!”


Is it open to complete beginners?
Yes! The workshops are open to everybody! We really want to reach as many people as possible. So If you like dancing but you never heard of Gwoka before, this is a chance for you to discover something new. If you never danced at all before but you love drums and live music, don’t be afraid! We will make sure you feel at ease. Classes are an introduction to Gwoka so we will take time to get things right, but you will be challenged in a fun atmosphere!

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We often see you in the Léwoz circle, perform beautiful solo dancing, what does it take to achieve this?
Wow! Tricky one.. Humm… Even though I have been dancing for such a long time, I am still a bit scared of getting into the Léwòz circle. We definitely need years of practice, and experience like in everything. But it is all about self confidence, love and passion. The circle itself has a massive impact on people with all the musicians, singers and répondè, you can feel the music taking possession of your body, and without noticing you find yourself in the middle or the circle… Once you know how to do the steps and you know the rules, the codes, then the Léwòz circle is accessible.

Thank you very much Sarah for your time! Anything you want to add?
Thank you Zil’oKA for this interview I hope that my words and testimony will give you the desire to approach the concept of Gwoka music and dance.

You can book your tickets in advance by clicking here!

Any questions or queries can be addressed to zilokainfo@gmail.com

5 weeks Gwoka Dance Workshop with Zil’oKA!

Posted in Workshop, Ziloka News with tags , , , , , , , , on February 3, 2014 by ziloka

FLYER DANCE CLASS 1

Zil’oKA has the pleasure to introduce you to our Gwoka Dance Workshops! Gwoka is the traditional Dance from French Caribbean Guadeloupe!

5 weeks of open level, drop-in class taught by highly experienced drummers and teachers from Zil’oKA.

Come and learn the Gwoka technique in a friendly and energetic atmosphere.

Enjoy the live drumming and get fit!

Classes will be on every Thursdays for 5 weeks – starting on the 13th of February 2014 from 7.30pm – 8.30pm.

– The 5 weeks pack is at an amazing £25!
– Or £6 per session

Get involve and book your Dance Workshop online now with our link below:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/5-weeks-gwoka-dance-workshop-tickets-9810063163

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