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The Top 25 African Dancers To Follow on Instagram

From One Corner and Gwara Gwara, to Shaku Shaku and Kupe, African dance moves have a hold on influencing global pop culture online. Meet some of the talented creatives responsible for this.

Original content is most impactful when it's directly in the hands of the people who care about it most. That is exactly what's going on in the world of African dance and choreography on new media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook and YouTube. Progressively, African dance artists have mastered the art of digital content creation and made the internet the main outlet for their creativity.

These dance artists (choreographers, instructors, digital marketers and independent filmmakers) are some of the hardest working people on the internet, as they are able to alloy a range of different skills together from video production, art direction and obviously choreography to create regular viral content. Indeed, community is a huge component of the growth of this online session, as most creatives in this regard actively support each other by collaborating, sharing content and borrowing parts of their choreographies from each other. This allows them to expand beyond their original niche audience and collectively grow the practice that they care so much about.

To celebrate the creativity, ingenuity and passion of these dynamic individuals from the continent and in the diaspora working hard to shape our collective movement vocabularies with new steps and choreographies, here is a list of some of the most engaging and entertaining dance accounts to follow on Instagram.

Dig in and practice your own moves with the dancers below.


Dancegod Lloyd

Location: Ghana

Style: Afrobeats, Hip Hop | YouTube

Iziegbe 'Izzy' Odigie

Location: Nigeria/USA

Style: Afro-fusion, hip-hop | YouTube

Incredible Zigi

Location: Ghana

Style: Afrobeats, Hip Hop

GIRLS GOT BOLD (GGB) Dance Crew

Location: Nigeria

Style: Afrobeat, Hip-Hop, Fusion | YouTube

Angela Amonoo-neizer

Location: Ghana

Style: Afrobeats | YouTube

Tony Pirata

Location: Democratic Republic of Congo/Netherlands

Style: Kizomba, Fusion

Samuel Kyei

Location: Ghana/USA

Style: Afrobeats, Kizomba, Hip Hop, Coupé-Décalé | YouTube

Charlito Le Vrais + Kirikou Le Vrais

Location: France/Senegal

Style: Afrobeats, Hip Hop | YouTube

SayRah

Location: Nigeria/USA

Style: Afrobeats

Yoofi Greene

Location: Ghana/China

Style: Afrobeats, Hip Hop, Azonto | YouTube

Merveille Lee

Location: Belgium

Style: Afrobeats

Mr Shawtyme

Location: Ghana

Style: Afrobeats, hip-hop, Azonto | YouTube

Meka Oku

Location: Nigeria/USA

Style: Afrobeats, hip-hop | YouTube

Judith McCarty

Location: South Africa/USA

Style: Afrobeats | YouTube

Petit Afro

Location: Netherlands

Style: Afrobeats, Afrohouse | YouTube

Krump Caliph aka Afro Beast

Location: Ghana

Style: Afrobeats, Hip-hop

George Hamilton Patnelli

Location: France

Style: Afrobeats | YouTube

Pãizinho Reis Manuel Fernando

Location: Netherlands

Style: Afrobeats, Hip Hop, Contemporary | YouTube

Lyka King

Location: France

Style: Afrobeats | YouTube

Princess K

Location: UK

Style: Afrobeats | YouTube

Ikorodu Talented Kids

Location: Nigeria

Style: Afrobeats, contemporary

Triplets Ghetto Kids

Location: Uganda

Style: Hip hop, contemporary, Afrobeats | YouTube

Chanel Adely

Location: Netherlands

Style: Afrobeats, hip hop

Regina Dadzie

Location: Ghana

Style: Hip hop, Afrobeats, Azonto

Cocainna

Location: Nigeria/UK

Style: Afrobeats, Fusion

Hakeem Adam is an instinct creative in love with beautiful sentences and the angst of communicating complex ideas in poetry. He frequently expresses this angst in simple sentences on his blog. He also loves to talk about African film and music classics on his platform, Dandano. Keep up with Hakeem on Twitter at @mansah_hakeem.

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