DANCE FIRST | THINK LATER
Since January 2015, Uplift’s goal has been to elevate, stimulate morally and physically through Afro-Urban rhythms.
It is through the various influences of our dancers and different ethnic origins that we create a different energy where African dance meets popular dance / hip hop / tribal together to create a unique AFRO-URBAN choreography.
Uplift’s strength comes from its dancers / choreographers who are passionate about what they do. Mostly self-taught dancers who each share their own experiences on stage, ranging from clips to performances for international and local artists.
A team of passionate artists doing it for the culture
Our dance styles
Afrobeats is a music genre that blends West African musical styles with jazz, soul, funk and in more contemporary tracks, electronic music. These days you could say that Afrobeat is a mix of African music with Western-pop and the dance moves that are created to go along with it make it so much fun.
Angolan afro house, an offspring of Kuduro dance come from kwaito steps (from south Africa), african tribal dance mouvements and mostly “ndombolo” mouvements from our brothers from Congo RDC. Because of the cultural influences of the former “Kingdom of Kongo”. That fusion creates a unique sound and is reflected in the musical style and dance steps.
Ndombolo is a Congolese music genre and dance style that started with a step and created a whole new genre. It is derived from kwassa kwassa and soukous, currently dominating dance floors in central Africa. Get your hips ready to rock & roll, literally!
The Coupé Décalé sound and movement started in Paris nightclubs in the early 2000s where it was brought by Ivorian DJs. Ivorian music has really for the first time taken over dance floors all over Africa with at exactly the same time that the country was going through political and military crisis. In Nouchi (Ivorian slang), Coupé Décalé means “to cheat” and “run away” or cut and run. The fun, bass-heavy sound and dances are influenced by the Zouglou (local Ivorian genre), Ndombolo steps that embraced the joie de vivre that typifies Abidjan, a city known for its legendary partying.