Joneeba! The African Dance Workout

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This book bridges the gap between exercise and dance, integrating stretching and toning as well as fluid, energetic dance movements from Guinea, Senegal, and the Congo to the Caribbean. Making the mind-body connection through rhythmic drumming, the lure to exercise is irresistible. Incorporating body, mind and spirit, the traditional African dance movements provide the perfect holistic workout. It will show the novice how to develop and get in touch with their own sense of rhythm, how to breathe properly, how to listen to a drumbeat, the five basic hand clapping rhythms, and the proper body moves. Detailed photos and diagrams will demonstrate the easy-going movements of Sounou, the sensuous movements of Soukous, the funky rhythm of Koukou and the explosive power of Manjiani and Dundunba.

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Born in Martinique and raised in Senegal, Mali, and Guinea, Djoniba Mouflet has been trained by the masters of West African drumming and dance. Since opening his own dance studio in 1993, Djoniba has become a leading advocate of West African dance in New York City. His dance troupe and studio have been featured in The New York Times, The New York Post, Dance Pages, and Mademoiselle magazine.

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Joneeba is not only about movement and exercise but about connecting to the rhythm of the music. Mouflet, a dancer and professional drummer, feels that from conception we are connected to rhythm, comparing the beat of the drum to the heartbeat we heard in our mothers' wombs. Later, some of us lose that rhythm, and Mouflet proposes a way for us to rediscover it. In the first chapter, he explains how his relationship to movement and music changed on his travels through Africa. There he discovered what he calls Joneeba, or the spirit that "allows all to dance with their own accentuation, flavor, and soul." Mouflet's dance and exercise program strives to connect mind, body, and spirit to the music. In addition to explaining the cultural background of the movements, Mouflet demonstrates warm-up exercises, dances, and cool-down activities. These movements are illustrated in black-and-white photographs. The explanations are easy to follow and fun, but a video would probably be easier to use. Still, this would be a good addition for public libraries. Debra Mitts Smith, Dover Town Lib., MA
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