The London School of African Dance and Drumming, formerly known, as Rhythms of Africa,
was established in 1993 by
Harriet Nkechi Adimora and most of her classes were held at “The Place”, Euston,
Harriet has been dancing and performing since childhood and studied Theatre Arts
at the University of Benin, Nigeria.
Harriet’s interest in possession, motivated her to attempt a re-definition of African
Drama. Her thesis “Towards a re-definition of African Drama” explored dance and music-induced
possession in some Nigerian cultural dances including
“Egwu amala” - the water spirit or Mama-iwota dance.
Harriet’s dance classes aim to impart the joy and freedom of expression which characterise
“egwu” (play or dance or music) especially those originating from Nigeria and other
parts of Africa.
Participants in Harriet’s workshops are encouraged to lose their inhibitions and
allow the music to dictate their movements as well as their relationship with space
and other persons on the dance floor.