In the age of Afrobeats, the majority of movers are bringing the contemporary spotlight to African dance. Akosua Akoto, grounded in tradition, is bringing African dance to the contemporary spotlight.
Born and raised in Washington DC, Akosua is a product of Ghanaian culture, the lessons learned from an upbringing in a traditional Senegalese ballet, and a hint of life in the Caribbean. She made her first appearance on stage at age 3. Her early work in choreography and dance instruction began at age 13 for a collection of after school programs in the Washington DC Metropolitan area. She taught her first adult West African dance class at age 15, an achievement that would jump start her career in choreography.
Akosua’s undergraduate career at Howard University is a melting pot of exercise science and an introduction to the world of modern dance under the tutelage of Dr Sheryl B Johnson, the pioneer Akosua credits for her ability to excel in the business of dance without losing the integrity of the art. She founded ASA! Enterprises LLC in 2011- an umbrella company covering one of the first international African dance fitness programs, a line of sport and dance apparel, a group fitness certification, ASA! Kelenya performing company, the SBJ West African Dance and Mentorship program and the ASA! Body Personal Training Studio. Akosua also serves as co-founder and costume designer for FUZE Carnival- an African-inspired mas troupe based in Antigua, seeking to highlight the connections between African and Caribbean culture.
Akosua is known for propelling the culture of Afrobeat dance through its origins. Her expertise in both traditional and contemporary West African dance styles has birthed a technique that combines the old with the new; a refreshing and unique style that has allowed her to travel the world offering a fresh yet familiar perspective on the culture of African dance. She has worked with major recording artists as a movement coach, performer and choreographer. She continues to work toward her ultimate goal of creating a space where individuals can blossom both personally and professionally through authentic African culture.