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Wassa Pan Afrika Dance Ensemble Returns to the LPCA Stage
October 10, 2015 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) is proud to welcome back, for one night only, the “electrifying and innovative” Wassa Pan Afrika Dance Ensemble on Saturday, October 10 at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Tickets are available by calling the LPCA Box Office at 518.523.2512 or online at www.lakeplacidarts.org.
About Wassa Pan Afrika Dance Ensemble
Wassa Pan Afrika Dance Ensemble was founded in 1998 by Nana Kwasi Anim and is known as the most premiere traditional African Dance and Drum performance group in Ghana, West Africa. Several members trained at the Pan Africa Orchestra, the Center for National Culture, Ghana Cultural Ballet, and the Dance Factory. They are considered the most elite group of musicians and dancers, and students and audiences have traveled from all over the world to train with them.
Newspaper Ghanian Chronicle wrote “Wassa Pan-Afrika captivates audiences with electrifying dance and innovative rhythms.” They have traveled throughout Europe, Australia, and West Africa, spreading their message of peace, unity, and cheer. They are a dynamic group of 20 professional African drummers and dancers that brings excitement and energy to the stories and traditions of Africa. Wassa Pan Afrika was chosen to be the opening and closing act at the ceremonies of the CAF, Cup of Nations Football Tournament, and they dazzled audiences in the country’s National Festival of Arts (NAFAC).
Wassa Pan Afrika Dance Ensemble is led by Nana Kwasi Anim. Nana was born in Accra, Ghana, West Africa into a Royal family where traditional drumming and dancing is part of everyday life. He started dancing and drumming at the age of six. For many years he trained with several dance troupes, including the Ghana Cultural Ballet at the Center for National Culture, and the Dance Factory of the National Theater of Ghana. Traveling throughout the West African countries he studied dance and culture indigenous to these areas.