Amel Tafsout in Belly Bolly Berber costumeThe name of legendary Amel Tafsout means ‘Hopes of Spring’  She is an inspirational first source master dance artist, teacher, choreographer and frame drummer.  She is also one of the finest exponents of N. African traditional and contemporary Maghreb Dance of our time.  Raised in Algeria among the best traditional dancers and musicians, Amel has unique knowledge of her culture. This she will share with us, together with her experience in many styles of dance and music from the Maghreb.

Amel is fluent in five languages, with two M.A. degrees in Sociolinguistics and Romance languages.  She is very aware of the impact that cultures have always had in art and how that can be expressed through dance.  She has danced, sung, lectured and conducted anthropological research in many countries. Amel’s research focuses on the ritual in Maghreb dances as well as looking at dance as a healing form.  She explores the inter-weaving of movement and rhythm over time.  Influences blend between the Maghreb and Spain,  Africa and the Middle East, the Mediterranean area and Europe.
Information flier for Amel Tafsout's weekend of Maghreb Dance, May 7th & 8th in Penzance, Cornwall
So, what a treat for us, deep in Cornwall, to have the opportunity to share Amel’s expertise over the weekend of May 7th & 8th!  We’ll learn Maghreb dances from four different areas (and historical times) of North Africa. We’ll also gather masses of information about the music, culture and customs associated with them.  Especially interesting will be the range of costumes and jewellery that Amel will show us. Be there, or be square!