When it can’t be done, do it! The temperature was 40 degrees celsius (felt like 50C to us), the dancers turned the music up and in long sleeve heavyweight sweatshirts they kicked up the dirt of a side street in Accra, Ghana. Meet the Afrodancers from The Dance with a Purpose Academy.
Dance with A Purpose (DWP) is not just a dance group but a dance institution, which accommodates training for young people with the talents and flair for dance. DWP aims to be a platform that changes the world through dance by encouraging people to follow their passion whilst having a positive impact on society. Yes, they have danced with Beyoncé when she came to Ghana to film her music video “Black is King”. When we met three students from DWP on Cotton Avenue a side street in Accra, Ghana to watch them dance the temperature wasn’t an issue for Soloman Obeng, Prince Wisedu and Emmanuel Kwabena Adjaponoa. Their passion, energy, the natural way they collaborate and when we got a moment to chat it was all heart and soul. As they say.. “hi,hi,hi wossop, wossop, wossop world”. Watch their full interview below.
DWP academy is the largest dance school in Ghana providing dance tutorials for individuals of all ages. The main focus is to provide the youth hope and create a platform to help them see their dreams come alive. They encourage the youth to be true to themselves and follow their passion and dreams, including featuring in mega star Beyoncé’s music video, Black is King, filmed in Ghana.
The academy has a total number of 350 talented students and 200 members and is lead by two coaches in Ghana, Dancegod Lloyd and Afrobeast. There are two subsidiaries Dwpacademychina (@dwpacademychina) headed by dance coach Yoofigreene and Dwpacademyusa (@dwpacademyusa) headed by Mrshawtyme who specializes in dancehall.
The established coaches have built a large social media following in a short period through their original online content. They are the creators of the “Sho”, “Agbelemi dance”, “GUDA”, “Adonko”, “No New Friends”, and “Akiti dance”.Dwp Academy together with its coaches have featured in an uncountable number of music videos of Ghanaian artists (Shattawale, R2bees, Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, King Promise and Medikal) and International artists (Beyoncé, Yemi Alade, Frenna, Mr Eazi, Patoranking and Eugy).
The Together Project Productions
Videographer/Director: Mike Worsley from Create & Cast
Producer: Deborah Bibby
Editor: Ivan Lentell
Creative Director: Hannah Brady
Dancers: @dwpacademy @dancelord_miracle @asakhalifa