30.04.2023 - YUCA
c/o pop Festival w/ AFRO ALL STYLE DANCE BATTLE
Since a few years Afropop and African music is getting more popular. Some of the artist like Burna Boy, Wizkid and Tems play already a big role in the music industry. With the hype of the music follows the dance. African Dance wasnt really famous in Germany, but since a few years the community is growing and a lot of dance studios already offer “Afro” Dance Classes. Afro is not really a dance style is more the term for several dance styles from different African countries like Azonto, Ndombolo, Afrohouse, Amapiano and Coupé Decalé. The Afro all style Battle is actually the first afro dance battle in Cologne and we are super exicted to see all these talented dancers. Our Host : Emmiqua In performance, Emmiqua is known for her lively energy and vibrant presence. Originally form DR Congo, she has been a presenter and speaker for eight years and most recently captivated audiences as the host of last year’s CDC Festival in Berlin. As a mover, she combines her expertise in ndombolo and African dance cultures wih her fierceness as a battle and freestyle dancer from the underground hip-hop scene. We are lighted to have her as this year’s host. Judge : Energetic Tymlez (DWP) Energetic Tymlez is a Member of DWP academy since the beginning. Dance with a purpose academy was founded by Afrobeast, Dancegod Lloyd and Quables a few years ago in Accra (Ghana) in 2017. The goal was to help young talented dancers on the street. After a few years their videos went viral and they become really famous in the dancescene. Artist like Beyoncé and Usher already worked together with DWP. Energetic Tymlez – his name speaks for itself. He is known for his moves full of energy in combination with flawless steps, crazy footwork and his blue or red hair. Next to artist like black sherif, kidi, asake or usher Tymlez is performing on big stages already. He is a master of azonto and the ghanian new dance style and it’s a big honour to have him here in Germany. Toni (Togoboy) Antoine (Toni) is a dancer from Togo and lives in Germany since a few years. He is one of the talents of the german afrodancescene. Toni is dancing a fusion of several African dances with his own unique style of dancing a combination of smoothness and love for details. His knowledge about the history behind the dancesteps and the different dancestyles is crazy. As an organizer for workshops and dancecamps, he starts to build the german afro dance community and has already an impact of the dancescene here in Germany. So we are lucky to have him here as a part of our Jury.